Insanely wonderful 2CD set of work by the genius Brazilian organist Walter Wanderley, with a total of 45 cuts, divided up into 2 CDs – one devoted to his Brazilian recordings, one devoted to his American recordings for Verve
. Sure, you may have a copy of Wanderley's Rain Forest LP, or the compilation that was put out last year, but this set is a million times better than both of them, and has a fantastic mix of material that stretches the groove way beyond his stereotypical organ trio sound. The Brazilian recordings (very hard to find otherwise) have lots of cool cool grooves, with wild production styles, and lots of augmentation to Wanderley's bubbling organ. The American recordings include material from some of his later Verve
sessions, with vocals by Luiz Henrique, and lots of nice groovers like "Amazonas", "Happy Birthday", "Crickets Sing For Anamaria", and "Music To Watch Girls By". Other cuts include "Deus Brasileiro", "Garota Moderna", "Bola Branca", and "Chove Chuva". Cool package, great sound, and an essential collection!
(Out of print.)