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Rodgers in Rio [Roger Davidson]

  • 1. My Romance
    2. Blue Moon
    3. Some Enchanted Evening
    4. Climb Ev'ry Mountain
    5. My Funny Valentine
    6. Sweetest Sounds, The
    7. Edelweiss
    8. With a Song in My Heart
    9. Lover
    10. Bewitched
    11. Surrey With the Fringe on Top, The
    12. If I Loved You
    13. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1004

  • Credits
    ProducerRoger Davidson; David Finck
    EngineerJon Russell; Jon Russell

    Roger Davidson: Roger Davidson; David Finck (bass guitar); Paulo Braga (drums).
    Personnel: Roger Davidson (piano); Paulinho Braga (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jon Russell.
    Liner Note Author: James Gavin.
    Recording information: Presence Studio, Westport, CT (05/22/2002).
    Photographer: Frank Oudeman.
    Picture Julie Andrews shifting to a playful samba mode, and you've just about captured the whimsical spirit of this brilliant experiment, which applies a bright and rhythmic, always tasteful Brazilian twist to the legendary Richard Rodgers songbook. While best-known for his sacred choral music and chamber orchestra works, Roger Davidson was a child of the bossa nova '60s and had always wanted to do a Rio-flavored project. To help him achieve his aim, the pianist enlists veteran Latin jazz bassist David Finck and drummer Paulinho Braga, whose resume includes none other than Antonio Carlos Jobim and Milton Nascimento. The disc begins with a lively, galloping samba take on "My Romance" and takes both a grace centered and then ultimately hardcore percussive approach to "Blue Moon." The best way to be true to the unique blend of Rodgers' material is to take them in unexpected directions, mixing up the rhythm from track to track. So while "The Sweetest Sound" zips along merrily, Davidson renders "Edelweiss" with a reverent, subdued piano solo magic. While the unique grooves are the selling point, the trio never places them over the beautiful melodies that are the core of Rodgers' magnificent legacy. ~ Jonathan Widran

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