Far Out are delighted to release the Ipanemas latest opus ‘Samba is our Gift’ . Combining afro-Brazilian-bossa grooves with classic vocal samba, ‘Samba is our Gift’, is a step back in time to 1960s Rio de Janeiro and as is dedicated to its namesake, samba, the national past-time of Brazil.
The afro-sambas that are the Ipanemas trademark sound are ever present yet also we have four fine examples of samba-cancao (‘sung-samba’) featuring Wilson on vocals which are truly sensational. Incredibly Wilson only stepped out of the shadows of the drum-kit and up to the mic in 1997, yet here is a man who at the drop of a note can take us back to the glory days of samba-cancao. Yet it is not only Wilson’s amazing vocals that have helped take this album to the next level but also the arrangements which sound much more confident that on previous CDs – the use of strings on tracks such as ‘Valsamba‘ & ‘Imperial’ really do take us back to the golden days of the great Brazilian orchestras where Neco and Wilson learnt their trades. This is the tour de force of ‘Samba is Our Gift’ – its ability to invoke this sense of Sixties Rio de Janeiro, of hip jazz spots and late-night jam sessions.
Tracklist: 00:00 1. Imperial 04:30 2. Malandro Quando Vaza 07:48 3. Mangue 10:51 4. Samba Pra Mim Mesmo 15:33 5. Taioba 18:44 6. San Roque 23:55 7. Valsamba 28:01 8. Folia No Samba 31:49 9. Samba D 34:08 10. Treze, Trinta e Nove 37:37 11. O Samba E O Meu Dom