Milton Nascimento: Legendary Brazilian Jazz Singer
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The last date listed for Milton Nascimento was Saturday November 7, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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I was not prepared for the smooth jazz approach by Milton and his band this time around. When I last saw him it was early 90s in a big club in Minneapolis. He sported a bigger band, more percussion and other flavors.The crowd was going crazy, stomping dancing and unfurling Brazilian flags from the rafters. The SF show was genteel and reverent by contrast. I was happy to see the gal at the end of the show invite herself onstage to hug on Milton and sing along - the most spontaneous and improvised moment of the "jazz" set.
Milton still sings like an angel, and his melodies haunt me.
The SF Jazz fest people who helped with tickets and seating were very nice.
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Sadly, I was disappointed. The band was too loud (and not that great actually) and overpowered Milton's voice. The venue was too big and the quartet set up didn't allow Milton to shine where he does best: simple arrangements with acoustic guitar...continued
The love affair between jazz and Brazilian music started in earnest with bossa nova. But the romance reached soaring new heights with the emergence of Milton Nascimento in the late 1960s. More than any other performer, Nascimento has been instrumental in developing Brazilian music beyond traditional styles and popularizing these modern sounds around the world. Beguiled by his multi-octave voice, which can rise to a clear, rippling falsetto and descend to a rich, resonant cello tone, many jazz masters sought out Nascimento as a collaborator and composer. Herbie Hancock recorded a series of albums with him, starting with the 1969 CTI album Courage. And Wayne Shorter’s 1975 landmark Native Dancer made an indelible mark on the history of both jazz and Brazilian music.
More recently, Milton won a Grammy® Award (for 1997’s Nascimento), three Latin Grammys, and he’s collaborated with a host of pop superstars, including Paul Simon, James Taylor and Peter Gabriel—even Duran Duran. After recording nearly 40 albums as a leader, Nascimento finally paused to look back upon the music he helped modernize in 2008, recording the acclaimed album Novas Bossas, a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, with Jobim’s son, grandson and a few original bandmates.
Jazz musicians continue to explore Nascimento classics like “Travessia,” “San Vicente,” and “Ponte de Areia” (with which bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding opened her hit 2008 album Esperanza), but the Brazilian superstar remains the most thrilling and evocative interpreter of his own music. He appears on this date with an all-Brazilian band.
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