Various Bossa Mundo…When Brazil Meets the World

In 1999, Paris-based Yellow Productions put out the import-only release Bossa Très…Jazz: When Japan Meets Europe, a direct precursor to the brand new and dynamically versatile compilation Bossa Mundo: When Brazil Meets the World. Label head of Wave Music, François K, takes things one step beyond by licensing the majority of the track listing from Bossa Très, transforming this album into one of the finest musical fusions I’ve seen in a while. With the help of remixers Anthony Nicholson, Masters At Work, Eric Kupper, MKL and At Jazz, the results are just as exquisite as the original album. Bossa Mundo features a cross-cultural melange of Afro Brazilian-influenced bossa rhythms, combined with a touch of jazz-fusion. This collection provides a definitive example of Japan’s special blend of jazz, in the vein of artists like the Kyoto Jazz Massive and Monday Mirichu. Waiwan’s remix of Chari Chari’s “Black Shrine” is a sweet and bubbly track, incorporating soothing percussion and a soulful bass line. If you listen closely, you’ll hear a sample dropped in and out, every now and again, of people laughing and cheering, which strikingly resembles the voices of DeLa Guarda — a fiery and dramatic Argentinean performance art group who suspend themselves directly above their audience using ropes and harnesses when they perform live. Also featured in this collection is the up beat, ass-shaking “Outro Lugar,” a track, complete with a horn section, that we all have probably heard by now. With vocals by Brazil’s Salomé de Bahia and production courtesy of Bob Sinclair, it’s interesting to discover that the original was written by none other than Stevie Wonder. “Très Bien,” a previously unreleased track produced by Rosko Kretschmann and Alexander Barck, members of Berlin based Jazzanova, tie in a laid-back samba flavour, incorporating a stand-up bass line. A journey worth embarking upon. (Wave)