My view can't be other than "incredible" and “intoxicating”. It was great to hear Diana singing in Portuguese. I was fascinated especially with the audience of carioca's (from Rio de Janeiro) singing along in Portuguese to, “The Boy from Ipanema”, Jobims “Quiet Nights” as well as “Este Seu Olhar”. She looks even more stunning, as usual, her voice is a sweet caress to the listener's ears and soul, and the musicians playing with her are a brilliant accompaniment. I've never been to Rio, but the public views supplemented a very good and affectionate atmosphere to this intimate show, and the places in which they shot the bonus extras and interviews are really great. Even with all its violence and crime, Rio still was a perfect place for such a magnificent blending of charming bossa nova with standard and the fact that it was played before an audience in the city of its birth. The instrumental improvisations are polished and very musical and Diana's vocals did take me to Rio! This is proof that bossa nova is not just a passing musical genre.
I have both the Paris and Rio DVD’s and they both have their own distinct features and personality. The Rio DVD adds a mature musicianship that puts Diana and her group in a new category which will take her into higher heights’ in the near future. Anthony Wilson's genius is astonishing and is one of the best jazz guitarists of today, Jeff Hamilton who is internationally known as the greatest “drum sweeper”, brush drummer proves that on this DVD. John Clayton who is one of the greatest composers as well as a confident and effortless bass player gave a magnificent performance in this show. The terrific percussionist, Paulhino Da Costa, is very much at home playing at his native soil his sonic contributions. Ruria Duprat who conducts the Rio de Janeiro Orchestra is unparalleled. This DVD is one of the greatest tributes to great jazz players as Diana always pays profound respect and reverence to Nat King Cole in this DVD. Diana's absence of ego is shown in the fact that she always takes time to mention consistently the composers and arrangers (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Claus Ogerman, etc) of the songs she performs. Her respect, admiration and gratitude are endless.
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