Friday, May 8, 2009

Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)

Bossa Nova jazz standard composed c. 1961 by Antonio Carlos Jobim. The English lyrics were written by Gene Lees. Corcovado is the name of a dramatic mountain that rises above Rio de Janeiro, atop which sits a statue of Christ. "Quiet Nights" is the title of Diana Krall's most recent album of bossa nova songs (2009).
Here performed by the multi-talented Queen Latifah, on her "Trav'lin' Light" CD.

And next the classic 1963 rendition by saxophonist Stan Getz, Tom Jobim, João Gilberto and vocalist Astrud Gilberto. Astrud had never sung professionally before this album, which launched her career. She received the "Latin Jazz USA Award for Lifetime Achievement" in 1992 and was inducted into the "International Latin Music Hall of Fame" in 2002.

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