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Bebel Gilberto - Tanto Tempo Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 April 2000

Bebel Gilberto
Tanto Tempo
format: CD
label: Six Degrees Records
release year: 2000
performance: 8.5
sound 8.5
reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano

ImageA few Christmases ago, my dad bought me my copy of Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim, which got me hooked on the prolonged melodies and groovy, lounge beats of Brazilian music. My favorite University of Southern California Music School professor literally forced me to buy Getz and Joao, a Verve Classic, while on one of our many class trips to Tower Records. I was even more hooked.
Brazilian music has a passion, style and sex appeal that isn't found in modern (North) American music. Some of our favorite artists, including David Byrne, Sting, Maxwell, Stereolab, Everything But The Girl, to mention just a few, are hooked on the unique flavor of Brazilian music. Their work with masters like Jobim on Red Hot and Rio made for one of’s all-time best demo CDs, which in fact features a performance from Bebel Gilberto.

Bebel's new record Tanto Tempo is nothing short of a gem. It is well recorded and features an even better performance, which expands on the foundation set by Bebel's father Joao (and Antonio Carlos Jobim) from traditional Brazilian jazz into modern pop tunes and sensual ballads. I was drawn in by the Bebel Gilberto original "Sem Contencao" with its saucy strummings on gut-string guitar. The mix is very clear and open. Best of all is Bebel's sultry voice and sexy cadence over an uptempo musical bed. "Bananeria" is a more modern-sounding jazz track with a modern accompaniment. The electric bass is funky and tight and Bebel's voice is like a siren's song. I have absolutely no idea what she talking about and I really don't care. Adding a catchy chord progression to Bebel’s self-confident vocals makes "Bananeria" a tight musical package.

Tanto Tempo is a great find of a CD. It is dripping with style and wonderfully recorded. Perfect for a dinner party or an evening alone, Tanto Tempo may very well make it onto my next list of mandatory playback material. Everything that is wrong with heartless audiophile recordings, starring no-name players and a crystal-clear recording, is right with Tanto Tempo. I am buying copies not just for my father, but also for my USC professor and a number of my friends.

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