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Published: 09/01/2015

by Scott Adams

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Program #1214 - ‘The Best of Basia'


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Any doubts about the international influence of the Brazilian style are sure to be dispelled with this week’s show featuring a Polish vocalist who sings in English and incorporates the musical essence of Brazil to propel many of her songs to the top of Billboard’s radio charts. It’s ‘Basia Nova’! More below.

 

Sunday’s Brazilian Brunch celebrates Brazilian Independence Day with three non-stop hours of classic Brazilian songs. Join us at 9 am Central, then again at 2 pm or 8 pm for a Sunday nightcap! Exclusively on our streaming station. Click the 'Play' button above.

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Let's Enjoy The Music! The Labor Day weekend always means The Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park and I'll be at the Von Freeman Pavilion this Friday afternoon to introduce Neusa Sauer and her Sextet to the stage. What could be better than a free Brazilian concert to help kick off the long holiday weekend (Monday is Brazilian Independence Day!)? Details are here and I hope you can join us!

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When Basia burst on the scene with 'Time and Tide' in 1987, the pop world was once again tapped on the shoulder by the Brazilian beat. And many of her earliest fans were right here in Chicago, were she lived, thrived and finally ‘arrived’ musically – just ahead of her debut album.

And while her rhythms are not purely Brazilian, the musical message was clear. We've selected several of her best to share with you this week. Add Toco's CD from Italy, Brazilian guitarist Ulisses Rocha and classics from Djavan and pianist Luis Eça and this show is sure to become another highly-rated program to ward off Autumn’s chill.

Basia hit the pop music scene only a few weeks after I returned from my first visit to Brazil in 1987, and I guess you could say that her music was a great influence on me - I was an avid fan years before I began my radio show. Just before the release of 2011’s ‘Live’ album, Basia’s steadfast producer Danny White wrote to me with an update:

"Nice to hear from you," he writes. "I remember we did an interview and you were telling us the real story about Jobim and the 'Waters of March"! Basia and I are very happy with the songs we've recorded. As with all our albums there's a mixture of styles including a heavy Latin/Brazilian influence and my brother Peter White plays on most of the tracks. We're thinking of calling the album 'Two Islands' after one of the songs."

And if you have 'Half A Minute', you should search YouTube for Basia's live video clip of her song 'Astrud'. Peter White wrote: "Yes, you’re right! That certainly is Richard Elliot on baritone sax- he was brought in just for the Carson show and I think that I may have even recommended him. By the way, did anyone notice Marc Antoine on guitar? He did that tour with Basia (1987 or 1988?) as I was on tour with Al Stewart at that time."

And here’s some exciting news: Sony is set to release ‘Playlist: The Very Best of Basia’ next month, featuring newly remixed and extended versions of many of our favorite songs. There are 14 tracks in all, and I’ll keep you informed on the album’s debut right here on the The Sounds of Brazil page.

Until then, you can enjoy my own ‘Best of’ collection this week on the radio and webstream, along with a special, rare and unreleased recording… and the real story behind it!


Scott Adams

 

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'September Sirens - The Best of Basia

Hour 1

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

New Day For You<>Basia/Time and Tide

Solar<>Leo Gandelman/Solar

Reza<>Edu Lobo/Personalidade

Welcome to the Lounge                      

Meu Pais (My Country)<>Luiz Avelar/Homenagem a Ivan Lins

Special Announcement

Meu Bem Querer<>Will Dowing/Euphoria

 

Set 2: Introduce Next Set

The Waters of March<>Basia/Clear Horizon – Best of Basia

Água da Nascente<>Ricardo Silveira/Outro Rio

Introduce Next Set                                  

Ultra-Leve Amor<>Jorge Vercillo/Sinal no Ar

Perfect Mother<>Basia/The Sweetest Illusion

The Angels I Know<>Marcos Ariel/Hand Dance

                                               

Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Smooth Operator<>Basia

Capim<>Manhattan Transfer & Djavan/Brasil

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Hour 2: 

Set 1:

Astrud<>Basia/Time And Tide

Welcome To Our Second Hour                                       

Ja Nao Somos Dois<>Djavan/Rua Das Amores

One Crazy Summer<>Urban Funk Society/Brasil 5000

Tout Est Bleu<>Bebel Gilberto/Tudo

Special Announcement

So It May Secretly Begin/Pat Metheny/Still Life

                                   

Set 2: Introduce Next Set

Destino<>Marcela Biasi/Marcela Biasi

Elegance<>Fernando Fonseca/Beyond The Ceiling

Introduce Next Set                                                                                                       

Blame It On The Summer<>Basia/It’s That Girl Again

In My Life<>Paul Leiberman/Ibeji                                   

Summer Breezin’ (SomeBossa)<>Al Jarreau/My Old Friend

           

Set 3: Introduce Next Set

From Now On<>Basia/Time and Tide

Gran Circo<>UZ22/Renasciemnto

Next Week: Our September Sambas theme moves us up the coast of the Brazilian northeast to Salvador for 'Divas From Bahia'. And you’re invited to drop a note in the Chat Box on our home page when you tune in!

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And don't forget about our weekly broadcasts in Chicago: Sundays at 2 pm Cemtral on 90.9 FM WDCB and weekends at 10 pm Rick O'Dell's Smooth Jazz Chicago.net too.

Happy Listening,

Scott Adams