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by The View From Madeleine's Couch

Inspired by the elegance and carefree spirit of bossa nova, this album's hallmarks are its delicate and uncluttered song arrangements, West's sweetly plangent voice (singing mostly in fluid Portuguese), and Ambrose's skilled vibraphone playing.
Genre: Latin: Brazilian Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Historia do Samba
4:09 $1.50
2. Nossa Familia
5:21 $1.50
3. Berimbau
4:36 $1.50
4. Anos Dourados
4:01 $1.50
5. Cancao de Sereia
4:17 $1.50
6. Samba do Mar
4:07 $1.50
7. Laze Away
4:04 $1.50
8. Eu So Quero um Xodo
4:00 $1.50
9. Parati
4:45 $1.50
10. Fato Consumado
4:19 $1.50
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Album Notes
Since releasing this album in 2005, TVFMC has become one of Australia's most acclaimed Brazilian music ensembles, and remains one of the very few Brazilian acts in the country (whether native Brazilian or Australian), composing and recording original music in this genre.

Tranquilo was conceived in Rio de Janeiro in 2004, during an extended period of study with the great pianist/composer/producer Alberto Farah. Anje & Kym began writing original material during their lessons & these songs were further developed on their return to Australia. This, their debut album, features five original songs and five interpretations of some of their favourite Brazilian songs at the time, (the list of favourites is never-ending!).

Review of Tranquilo by Noel Mengel (head music writer, The Courier Mail):

"Singer Anje West and her vibes-playing partner Kym Ambrose have been building a devoted audience with this Brazil-inspired band for six years.
Their love affair with the music of the samba and bossa nova led to West learning Portuguese to sing the music in its original tongue, and the couple to live in Brazil last year to immerse themselves in the culture and sounds and to study with the musicians.

One of the things they learnt was not to worry about being "authentic", but to be who they are: Australians who love the music, feel it and play it beautifully. The result is an album that is unforced, uncluttered, and as natural as can be.

This debut was recorded in Brisbane but features songs they wrote on their trip as well as tunes by Brazilian greats such as Antonio Carlos Jobim. West's vocals are sublime — as warm and as romantic as a summer evening — complemented by Ambrose's elegant vibraphone fell.

The band is swept along by the intricate, swinging grooves of drummer Mark Henman (see the jazzy Berimbau), while tunes like the original Nossa Familia, with its string quartet introduction, show how at one this band is with their inspiration.

Not everyone has the chance to get to Rio, but Tranquilo can certainly give you a taste of the country's exotic flavour."



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