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Claus Ogerman - EmArcy:


Various Artists, "A Trip to Brazil, Vol. 2", EmArcy/Universal #545360-2 (1999) [2 CD set].

This album includes, as CD1-Track 20:

JOYCE: FEMININA from the unreleased NATUREZA album, produced by Claus Ogerman in 1977.

From the liner notes to this album, written by Arnaldo DeSouteiro and used with permission:

"Cut in New York during Joyce's first attempt to pursue a career in the U.S., the album Natureza still remains unreleased. Originally conceived to be issued on the now-defunct Horizon label, directed by John Snyder as a kind of jazz department for A&M in the mid-70s, arranger Claus Ogermann became licensee due to complicated contractual reasons. FEMININA is the first track of this album that, thanks to Ogermann's kindness, sees the light of the day. It's a stunning version, far superior to the one Joyce recorded in 1980 in Brazil for the EMI album of the same name. Please notice the fluent, terrific flute solo by the late Joe Farrell (a founding member of Chick Corea's Return To Forever) as well as the percolating swing supplied by Joao Palma (who had collaborated with Ogermann on albums by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Michael Franks) and Tutty Moreno (today Joyce's husband, then a member of Thiago de Mello's Amazon big band). Pure delight that brings the first part of our trip to an appropriate end."

Personnel on this track includes:

Joyce Silveira (vocal & guitar), Mauricio Mendonça (guitar), Warren Bernhardt (keyboards), Buster Williams (bass), Joao Palma (drums), Tutty Moreno (percussion), Nana Vasconcellos (tabla), Mike Mainieri (vibes), Joe Farrell (flute solo), Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque, George Marge, Don Hammond & Ray Beckenstein (bass flutes); rhythm section arranged by Joyce & Mauricio Mendonça; orchestra arranged & conducted by Claus Ogerman.

Album compiled, annotated, and produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro.


Various Artists, "Café de flore - Rendez-vous à Saint-Germain-Des Prés", EmArcy #583493-2 (2002).[CD Compilation]
Track 4:  Diana Krall: "Besame Mucho" (2001) was arranged/conducted by Claus Ogerman.


Joao Gilberto, "Joao Gilberto In Tokyo", EmArcy #981684-7 (2004).[CD]
This album contains the track "Wave", arranged by Claus Ogerman.


Various Artists, "Pure Bossa Nova - The Best of Bossa", EmArcy #CD 06025 1701401 5 (2006).[CD Compilation]

This compilation contains the Claus Ogerman-arranged track of "One Note Samba" sung by Frank Sinatra and accompanied by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Compilation produced by Creed Taylor.


Danilo Perez, "Across The Crystal Sea", EmArcy [Germany] #1764821 (June 13, 2008).[CD]
Danilo Perez, "Across The Crystal Sea", EmArcy [Japan] #UCCM1152 (July 2, 2008).[CD]
Danilo Perez, "Across The Crystal Sea", EmArcy/Decca/Universal #111902 (August 26, 2008).[CD]

This album contains tracks arranged/conducted by Claus Ogerman.  It also contains a single composition by Claus Ogerman (see tracklist below) and several adaptations by Ogerman originally composed by by Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Massenet, Manuel de Falla, and choral composer Hugo Distler.


1- Across The Crystal Sea (adaptation, Ogerman)

2 - Rays And Shadows (adaptation, Ogerman)

3 - Lazy Afternoon (2009 GRAMMY® Nomination - see info below)

4 -The Purple Condor (adaptation, Ogerman)

5 - If I Forget You (adaptation, Ogerman)

6 - (All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings

7 -The Saga Of Rita Joe (adaptration, Ogerman)

8 - Another Autumn (Ogerman)

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2009 GRAMMY® Nomination:

Category 87
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
(An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

Track:  Lazy Afternoon
Claus Ogerman, arranger (Danilo Perez; vocalist: Cassandra Wilson)
Track from: Across The Crystal Sea [Emarcy]

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Acrobat-symbol.JPG  Across The Crystal Sea.pdf - Interviews with Danilo Perez, Claus Ogerman and album producer Tommy LiPuma.


Three of a Perfect Pair - by Chris M. Slawecki
View the article here:

EXTRAS from the CD Booklet (all but one of these images have been inverted so that the text is more easily read):



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From the CD Booklet:

I've had the privilege of producing records with some very talented people over the past 44 years, and I count "Across The Crystal Sea" to be one of my personal favorites.

I first met Danilo in Boston where I believe he was playing at a small club.  We met again soon after and enjoyed one of my favorite past times together, eating at an Italian restaurant, and of course we hit it off immediately.

Subsequently, I produced three albums on Impulse Records with him.  One of Danilo's great characteristics that stood out to me was that he never approached a solo the same way twice.  Thus, seeing him live was always an adventure.

I met Claus in 1966.  I had been a huge fan of his work, particularly the classic Antonio Carlos Jobim record "The Composer Plays".  We instantly found a kinship with each other and that started a 42 year friendship.  At our first introduction he handed me a record he had just completed for Verve Records called "Bill Evans Trio With Symphony Orchestra".  It became my favorite record and I probably wore out two or three copies of it.

In 1976, while I was with Warner Bros. Records, we signed George Benson.  I asked Claus if he would arrange music with orchestra to the tracks that I had produced with George.  I remember it distinctly as he had just moved back to Germany and Al Schmitt and I flew to Munich to record the orchestra.

Since then, we have done many albums together, including three of his solo albums and the classic Diana Krall "The Look of Love".  During this period I mentioned to Claus that one day before we hung up our shoes we should do an album based on the Bill Evans Symphony Album he had done.  About three years ago I sent Claus Danilo's albums on Impulse.  Claus loved them and (I imagine) became inspired because approximately two years ago he called and said he had come up with a concept for Danilo.

As you will hear, Claus possesses an "other worldly" gift for composing and arranging.  And Danilo retains his status as one of the world's great pianists.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Tommy LiPuma

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Musician personnel: 
"Across the Crystal Sea" features Danilo Perez in a trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash, augmented by percussionist Luis Quintero. Vocalist Cassandra Wilson performs on "Lazy Afternoon" and "(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings," the album's sole standards.  Claus Ogerman arranged and conducted the album.

Produced by Tommy LiPuma.


Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Matita Perê", Emarcy Records [Germany] #CD 004228268562 (2008).[CD Reissue]


Side 1
Side 2
Aguas de Março
Mantiqueira Range
Ana Luiza
Cronica Da Casa Assassinada (medley)
Matita Peré
Um Rancho Nas Nuvens
Tempo Do Mar
Nuvens Douradas

Waters of March

Musician personnel:  Antonio Carlos Jobim (vocals, piano); Harry Lookofsky (concertmaster); Richard Davis or Ron Carter (bass); Joao Palma and Airto Moreira (drums and percussion); George Devens (Percussion); Urbie Green (trombone) Jerry Dodgion, Romeo Penque, Phil Bodner, Don Hammond & Ray Beckenstein (flutes).

Produced, arranged, and conducted by Claus Ogerman.

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