Pietá (Savoy Jazz, 2005)
Now available in the US, Milton Nascimento’s latest CD, Pietá, should delight
his numerous fans. The album is dedicated to Lília, his adoptive mother.
Nascimento’s brilliant music is hard to classify. He has successfully
experimented with numerous genres. Pietá includes radio friendly MPB (Brazilian
pop) songs that drift into spectacular Afro-Brazilian drumming, exquisite
orchestral arrangements and inspired jazz grooves. There are also compelling
duets with Brazilian singers such as Marina Machado and Maria Rita Mariano.The list of guests is long. Familiar names that stand out are Pat Metheny,
Herbie Hancock, and orchestral arranger Eumir Deodato.
About Lília, Nascimento says: “She made me hear on the radio Sarah Vaughan, Ella
Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Yma Sumac, Doris Day, Julie London, and specially my
dear Angela Maria., also known as Sapoti. With this album I send a kiss to all
those singers, who taught me to sing and especially to Lília, my mother, to whom
I owe everything I am and to whom I dedicate this work. It couldn’t be
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.