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Various Artists, "CTI Bossa Nova New Best Box", CTI [Japan] CD #KICP 2789 (1996).[CD Compilation]

CD Release Date: September 21, 1996.

Compilation Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Yoichi Nakao.
Original Sessions Produced by Creed Taylor & Arnaldo DeSouteiro.

Tracklist:

Samba de Orfeu - Ithamara Koorax & Ron Carter

Manha de Carnaval - Ithamara Koorax & Luiz Bonfá

Non-Stop To Brazil - Ithamara Koorax & Luiz Bonfá

The Gentle Rain - Ithamara Koorax & Luiz Bonfá

Menina Flor - Ithamara Koorax & Luiz Bonfá

Amor Sem Adeus - Ithamara Koorax & Eumir Deodato

Brazilian Tapestry - Astrud Gilberto & Stanley Turrentine

Zazueira - Astrud Gilberto & Stanley Turrentine

Ponteio - Astrud Gilberto & Toots Thielemans

Traveling Light - Astrud Gilberto & Eumir Deodato

Choro - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Amparo - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Andorinha - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Stone Flower - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Musician personnel and Album credits:

Arnaldo DeSouteiro – Arranger, Percussion, Producer
Ithamara Koorax – Vocal
Antonio Carlos Jobim – Piano (Acoustic), Piano (Electric), Guitar (Acoustic)
Astrud Gilberto – Vocal
Luiz Bonfá – Guitar (Acoustic), Arranger
Creed Taylor – Producer
Toninho Barbosa – Engineer
Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer
Eumir Deodato – Piano (Electric), Organ, Keyboards, Arranger, Conductor
Ron Carter – Bass (Acoustic)
Nelson Ângelo – Guitar (Acoustic)
Jamil Joanes – Bass (Electric)
João Palma – Drums
Paulo Malaguti – Keyboards, Arranger
Sidinho Moreira – Percussion
Mamão – Drums
Hubert Laws – Flute
Sivuca – Guitar (Acoustic)
Carlos Bala – Drums
Sadao Watanabe – Sax (Alto)
Toots Thielemans – Harmonica
Dom Um Romão – Drums, Percussion
Sidney Moreira – Percussion
Ivan Conti – Drums
Jerome Richardson – Flute
Airto Moreira – Percussion
Bob Mann – Guitar (Electric)
Gene Bertoncini – Guitar (Acoustic)
Urbie Green – Trombone
Sam Brown – Guitar (Electric)
Stanley Turrentine – Sax (Tenor)
Harry Lookofsky – Violin
Katsuei Kawada – Art Coordinator
Pete Turner – Photography
Hiroshi Matsuyama – Liner Notes



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Stanley Turrentine, "Salt Song" CTI [Japan] #KICJ 8113 (1996).[CD Reissue]

First CD Reissue ever, released in Japan on June 26, 1996.
Distributed by King Records.
Reissue Supervised, Digitally Remastered & Annotated by Arnaldo de Souteiro.


Tracklist:

1. Gibraltar (Freddie Hubbard) - 10:16

2. I Told Jesus (trad.) - 7:37

3. Salt Song (Milton Nascimento) - 7:14

4. I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do (Paul Vance/Lee Pockriss) - 4:34

5. Storm (Stanley Turrentine)  - 7:33

Total Time 37:27


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Liner Notes written by Arnaldo DeSouteiro:

Although Stanley Turrentine has been quoted as the first member of the CTI cast who fomented dissension among the other CTI artists on the label, collaborating to accentuate the many problems that chief producer Creed Taylor was suffering when Stanley decided to move to Fantasy Records in late ’73, the great tenor saxophone player never failed to recognize the importance of Creed in the development of his career.

In an interview for Down Beat in October ’78, Stanley told Bret Primack: “I have to take my hat off to Creed Taylor. Although we did bump heads quite a few times, I have to give him credit for what he had the nerve to do. Creed really set a precedent as far as getting the music out…We gave our services for that company because we all believed in us and was going to do the right thing by us. But then it got to the point where they said that if it wasn’t for CTI, where would we be? To a point, they were correct. But without us, where would they be? It’s a two way street. It got to the point where things were very uncomfortable so one by one, we all left.”

During his CTI years, however, Stanley saw his career reaching an unprecedented popularity, with audiences and album sales growing steadily. In this process, “Salt Song” (KICJ 8113) represented a milestone. It was his second solo album for the label, the follow-up to the famous “Sugar” (KICJ 8037), and Creed Taylor’s idea was to bridge a gap between the straight-ahead blues-oriented sound for which Stanley was already well-known – with a prominent role to the organ in the combo – and the lush CTI “crossover” concept that became one of the label’s trademarks.

To provide the orchestral settings on “Salt Song”, Creed invited Eumir Deodato, enraptured with the tremendous potential of the young Brazilian arranger. Stanley and Deodato had worked before on the album “Gilberto with Turrentine” (KICJ 8039), and then, three months later, on July ’71, they were back at Rudy Van Gelder Studios, surrounded by a notable cast of players: Ron Carter (who was the bassist on all Stanley’s albums for CTI), Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Horace Parlan, and the late Richard Tee and Eric Gale, among others.

Stanley had already recorded the opening tune, Freddie Hubbard-penned “Gibraltar”, one year before on the sessions that yielded “Sugar”, but Creed decided not to include none of the two existing versions in the original album release because he simply found both too monotonous. But with a new and very different arrangement by Deodato, “Gibraltar” finally appeared on “Salt Song”, fueled by a sensuous groove and inventive contributions by Ron Carter (playing inimitable glissandos), Eric Gale (filling up the harmony), and Airto (bringing the unusual sound of a Brazilian wood-percussion instrument called “reco-reco”). We also have to note how the musicians keep constantly changing the tempo, flowing so naturally as if they had been doing this all their lives.

Turrentine moves into a reflexive mood on “I Told Jesus”, a traditional tune that he beautifully adapted with the assistance of Deodato. There’s an inherent gospel feeling, accentuated by Richard Tee’s organ, allowing Stanley the space to display his “soulfulness” and big tone. On his turn, Deodato showcases one of his abilities that always impressed Creed Taylor: the way he can make a small string section (in this particular case, consisting of 6 violins, 1 viola, and 2 cellos) sound as large as in a symphonic orchestra.

The title track, “Salt Song”, was first recorded by its composer, Milton Nascimento, on his American debut album – “Courage”, arranged by Deodato and produced by Creed Taylor in ’68 when CTI was a production company for A&M. Deodato created a new superb arrangement for Turrentine, with astonishing rhythmic colors (Airto overdubs on congas and tambourine, replacing Billy Cobham on drums for the solo) and undulant strings. Stanley builds up his best solo on the album, playing with fire, swing and inventiveness, even quoting “Jeepers Creepers”.

Stanley’s ballad artistry is featured on “I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do”, a pop-hit from the ‘60s rarely heard as an instrumental vehicle by jazzmen, but recorded by several singers of such diverse styles as Astrud Gilberto and Esther Philips (listen to Esther’s version on the compilation “Kiss Jer Soul”, KICJ 180). Deodato’s string score is excellent – polished, subtle and very effective.

The leader himself wrote the latin-tinged “Storm”, on which Airto once again employs several percussion instruments with incomparable accuracy. The melody is played by Stanley and Eric Gale in unison, and they also perform inspired solos.

After leaving CTI, Stanley recorded for Fantasy, Elektra, Blue Note, and MusicMasters, and currently he is signed to the recently revitalized Impulse! label. As he got closer to pop music, even doing “disco” albums in the late ‘70s, the brilliant musician lost many of his admirers and won a few others. In artistic terms, Stanley’s career went downhill and never could – not even when recording again for CTI in ’81, as a member of the all-star group Fuse One on the album “Silk” (KICJ 8042) – equal the celebrated golden years at CTI. And, among such marvelous albums he did for the label, “Salt Song” is regarded by many as his masterpiece.

--Arnaldo DeSouteiro
(IAJE – International Association of Jazz Educators)
Tokyo, November, 1995
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Musician personnel and Album credits:

Stanley Turrentine - Tenor Sax
Creed Taylor - Producer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Reissue Supervisor, Liner Notes, Digital Remastering
Rudy Van Gelder - Engineer
Pete Turner - Cover Photo
Chuck Stewart - Liner Photo
Bob Ciano - Album Design
Naoki Shinoda - Reissue Design
Katsuei Kawada - Reissue Art Coordinator
Yoichi Nakao - Reissue Coordinator
Eumir Deodato - Fender Rhodes, Arranger, Conductor
Horace Parlan - Acoustic Piano
Richard Tee - Hammind Organ
Ron Carter - Acoustic Bass
Billy Cobham - Drums
Airto Moreira - Percussion, Congas, Drums
Eric Gale - Electric Guitar
Julius Brand, Paul Gershman, Julie Held, Leo Kahn, Harry Katzman & Joe Malin - Violins
Harold Coletta - Viola
Charles McCracken & Alan Shulman - Cellos
Margaret Branch, Brenda Bryant & Patricia Smith - Background Vocals

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey).
Basic tracks recorded on July 15 & 16, 1971.
Strings and overdubs recorded on September 20 & 21, 1971.

Album Produced by Creed Taylor.


Ithamara Koorax and Luiz Bonfá, "Ithamara Koorax & Luiz Bonfá", Seven Seas #SSCDS 636 (1996).[CD Single]


Tracklist:

1. Almost in Love (Luiz Bonfá/Randy Starr)

2. Amor Sem Adeus (Luiz Bonfá/Antonio Carlos Jobim)

3. Samba de Orfeu (Luiz Bonfá/Antonio Maria)

4. Samblues for Mr. Coryell (Luiz Bonfá)

Musician personnel and CD Single credits:

Ithamara Koorax - Vocals
Luiz Bonfá - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Arranger
Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Producer, Percussion
Ron Carter - Acoustic Bass
Larry Coryell - Electric Guitar
Paulo Malaguti - Keyboards, Percussion, Arranger
Sadao Watanabe - Alto Sax
Eumir Deodato - Keyboards, Arranger
Jamil Joanes - Electric Bass
Carlos Bala - Drums
Torcuato Mariano - Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Arranger
Ivan Conti (Mamão) - Drums
Nelson Angelo - Acoustic Guitar
Sidinho Moreira - Percussion

Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro.


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Ithamara Koorax, "Red River", Yejin Media [Korea] #STCP-107 (1996).[CD]
 
Licensed from King Record, Japan.
 
 
Tracklist:

01. DREAM OF A DREAM
02. ZINGARO
03. THE STREAM
04. IF YOU WENT AWAY
05. EVERYTHING IS OVER
06. OLD TENDERNESS
07. NO OTHER LOVE
08. ALL THAT'S LEFT IS TO SAY GOODBYE
09. CRY ME A RIVER
10. INDIA
11. RED RIVER
12. IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW
13. EMPTY GLASS

Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro.


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Ithamara Koorax, "Ithamara Koorax Sings The Luiz Bonfa Songbook", Paddle Wheel [Japan] #KICP 503 (1996).[CD]

Personnel: Ithamara Koorax (vocal), Luiz Bonfá (acoustic guitar), Eumir Deodato (piano & arranger), Paulo Malaguti (keyboards), Ron Carter (bass), Carlos Bala (drums), Marcos Suzano & Arnaldo De Souteiro (percussion), Larry Coryell (electric guitar) and Sadao Watanabe (alto sax).

Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro.




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