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Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection

‘Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection’ is a lively and seamless blend of samba and bossa nova grooves with some of the most iconic American vocal performances from Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Aretha Franklin, and others. The Brazil Connection is the brainchild of music producers Frank and Christian Berman, who had previously explored such distinct cultures for Rhythms Del Mundo, an album gathering acclaimed artists like Sting and Coldplay with the legendary Buena Vista Social Club.
For The Brazil Connection, the Berman Brothers used original multi-track masters and an all-new, state-of-the-art separation technology to extract the classic vocal performances. Once in hand, they melded the newly isolated vocals with brand-new, authentically arranged backing tracks from an all-star cast of Brazilian musical pioneers from the bossa nova and samba genres, including Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roberto Menescal and Brazilian musical legend, Marcos Valle. The result is 11 tracks that capture the spirit of Brazilian music and style while embodying the slogan of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: “All in one rhythm.” The Brazil Connection is a vibrant, inspired reinvention of timeless performances that at once feels entirely new and instantly familiar.

  • 1. Lovely Day - Bill Withers & Studio Rio
    2. Walk on By - Aretha Franklin & Studio Rio
    3. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye & Studio Rio
    4. You've Changed - Billie Holiday & Studio Rio
    5. Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone & Studio Rio
    6. It's Your Thing - The Isley Brothers & Studio Rio
    7. I've Got You Under My Skin - Mel Tormé & Studio Rio
    8. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free - Nina Simone & Studio Rio
    9. I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash & Studio Rio
    10. Take Five - Dave Brubeck, Carmen McRae & Studio Rio
    11. Music to Watch Girls By - Andy Williams & Studio Rio
    12. Summertime - Sarah Vaughan & Studio Rio

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