by Ivan Lins & SWR Big Band

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1 - Araketutu
2 - Awa Yiô
3 - Atlantida
4 - Todo Mundo
5 - Oi Lua
6 - Carrossel Do Bate-Coxa
7 - Samba De Vison
8 - Missing Miles
9 - Trem Bom
10 - Estrela Guia
11 - Pontos Cardeais
12 - Roda Baiana
13 - Guantanamineira

CD Quality - 16 bit / 44.1 khz

A musician’s cornucopía is exuberant imagination, musicality, and creativity. The way Ivan Lins and the SWR Big Band combine two different musical worlds on the new recording Cornucopía has the potential to become a milestone. According to the Brazilian legend, the recording might be the best he has ever made. This applies to the SWR Big Band and conductor/arranger Ralf Schmid, who are following up on the previous Bossarenova album in the uncompromising pursuit of their very own musical mode of expression, which includes electronic elements. It is a grandiose mélange from Brazil and Germany, from Rio de Janeiro and Stuttgart – home of the SWR Big Band.

Lins has been a celebrated part of Brazilian popular music’s story for the past three decades. He has not only been recognized as one of Brazil’s favorite performers but has become one of the legendary songwriters of his generation. As many of Lin’s compositions have found their way into the jazz canon, it is only fitting that his work be arranged for big band performance. It is with Ralf Schmid and the Südwestrundfunk Big Band that this has finally been made possible.

“Cornucopía…. That is a phenomenal album,” says Lins. “The SWR Big Band is the most astonishing music ensemble of its kind that I have ever played with. They invest in different rhythms, engaging in intensive percussion work, using new technologies, and daring arrangements going well beyond the familiar standards. And despite these differences, it all sounds truly wonderful.”

Nonetheless, we must not forget that the models for this are all from Ivan’s pen. What Lins’s fans in particular will enjoy: most of the tracks are compositions that have never been released. The very first track, the African-influenced “Araketutu” is a sun-drenched listen and reflects the spirit of this production just as much as the atmospherically dense “Atlantida,” sung by Paula Morelenbaum.

The new album has a total of 13 songs. Discoveries include “Carroussel de Bata” and “Todo Mundo” or Ivan’s declaration of love to his home city of Rio de Janeiro in the “Samba de Vison.”

Cornucopía is also a love story. Lins and Schmind’s first meeting was around 2 years ago in the Botanical Gardens of Lisbon. Shortly before Lins was due to fly back to Brazil, Ralf Schmid and the manager of the SWR Big Band, Hans-Peter Zachary, met with him for a working lunch. The basics of the collaboration were discussed and an initial work phase followed in southern Germany’s Freiburg in the winter of 2011. Ivan made suggestions during the week. Then it was Ralf Schmid’s job to choose from the incredible wealth of the songs that you can now hear on this album.

The first session was recorded in a studio session but it became clear that the live character of the music was the decisive factor. This led to a legendary recording session in the Stuttgart SWR radio studio in March 2012. The four recording rooms were fully occupied: alongside Lins, Schmid, and the SWR Big Band, Wolfgang Haffner played drums along with percussionists Roland Peil, Edmundo Carneiro, and Jorge Brasil, who were rattling and shaking for all they were worth. Then the following happened: first the music rose and fell, then floated over the room with such lightness that everybody involved was certain of being part of something very special.


released May 7, 2013

Ivan Lins - vocals & keys
SWR Big Band cond. by Ralf Schmid
Composed by Ivan Lins


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