Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Bim Bom": 5-star review in CashBox magazine

JAZZ Reviewed 11-11-09
Ithamara Koorax & Juarez Moreira
Bim Bom The Complete Joao Gilberto songbook (Motema Music)
reviewed by Christopher Llewellyn Adams ***** (5 stars)

There are few artists in the history of music who can lay legitimate claim to inventing a genre. Joao Gilberto is the unquestioned father of the bossa nova sound, and Ithamara Koorax & Juarez Moreira pay homage to this legend with grace and brilliance.

2009 marks the 50th anniversary of Gilberto's "Chega de Saudade" album, a benchmark in the late 50's jazz boom. Blending the sounds of this classic release with a generation of musical growth, Koorax & Moreira have managed to rekindle the flame that had people worldwide dancing the nights away.

"Acapulco", in particular, is a song that has the ability to lift the listener off their feet, and remove them from whatever problems they are having, if only for a moment. Ithamara Koorax has one of the finest voices I've heard in years, and I look forward to any solo projects she may have coming soon.

At times like these, the world can use a drink and a dance. The next time your musical taste yearns for a little something South of the border, give Koorax & Moreira's take on the Joao Gilberto songbook a spin.

- reviewed by Christopher Llewellyn Adams ***** (5 stars)

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