Great CD that brings together 2 rare bossa sessions by the great Lalo Schifrin
! One of these was originally issued under Schifrin
's name on the Audio Fidelity label, the other was issued under Eddie Harris' name on Vee Jay – and they're both great bossa jazz instrumental sessions! At the time, Schfrin was fresh in the US, and making his name as the young Latin pianist/
arranger who was giving a whole new sound to Dizzy Gillespie's group. The tracks on here have a nice raw sound, with more of a straight bossa jazz groove than some of his later recordings. Schifrin
plays piano throughout – and one sesssion features Eddie Harris on tenor and Jimmy Raney on guitar, while the other has Leo Wright on alto and flute, plus added Brazilian percussion. There's a whopping 18 tracks in all, with a very tasty early bossa groove – and titles include "Mima", "Samba Para Dos", "O Apito No Samba", "Boato", "Ouca", "Bossa Nova Em Nova York", and "Whispering Bossa Nova".