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Album Review

Michael Franks' laid-back vocals have made him the choice of a new generation of cool school attendees. With Rendezvous in Rio, his debut release for Koch Records, Franks continuously shows why he is still at the top of his game with brand-new songs that will soothe, undo your stresses, or put you in a romantic mood. The various musical styles on the CD include two Brazilian sambas, one titled "Under the Sun," pointing you toward the Southern Hemisphere and the warmth of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. A master of phrasing and elongated notes, Franks tells his great stories in several tempos that literally have you wanted to take this journey with him. "Rendezvous in Rio" starts with Café's percussive whistle and the rhythmic flow of Romero Lubambo's guitar. Chris Hunter's sax and flute solos also heighten the imagery of Franks' sexy vocals. "The Cool School" starts with the beautiful guitar accompaniment of Chuck Loeb and continues under Franks' vocals with a hushed flow of cool/smooth riffs that make this song one of the best on the CD. With the artistry of such respected contemporary jazz artists as Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Chuck Loeb, and Alex Al and the lilt of the carnival whistle, Michael Franks has conspired to entertain you, and has succeeded. You're sure to enjoy this very special Rendezvous in Rio. Recommended.

Customer Reviews

Rendvous in Rio

Like such luminaries as Macos Valle, Stan Getz, Lee Ritenour, Mose, Chet, Gilberto & Sergio school which he follows and accompanies - This is Michael Franks at his very best - as the sun goes down over "any" beach as you hear the waves lashing against the rocks - sandy beach - put this on and it will transform you to the long hot sands - the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema: just along the coast has a reputation of being a little more sedate than its neighbor. be cool chilled - Michael's jive will encapsulate you - we are degas, painters of sounds and get high on sweet inspirtation - amazing stuff and just as good as "art of tea" "Objects of desire" etc Brazilian meet scat singinging and smooth tenor solos - just what we need as we drive up the north sea for the 36th Jazz Festival - Scatsville - a supurb example of vocalese meeting Jeff Lorber at the Stan Getz school of cool - can we hope for more? Jazzman at the NSJF :


Michael Franks has not only been a pleasure to my ears and soul, but he has also been an education. From him I have learned so much...not only about music but about life too. Because of him I have listened to music I would otherwise have never listened to, and because of him I have perhaps looked at life more openly than I may have done without him. He has been a constant companion throughout my adult life. Thank you for being there Michael.


Born: 18 September 1944 in La Jolla, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Michael Franks occupied a uniquely popular niche in the world of soft jazz and pop music in the 1970s; he was one of those crossover artists who defied easy category on the radio (which made him ideal for FM radio of the period), and found an audience mostly among college students. He was born in La Jolla, CA in 1944, the son of Gerald and Betty Franks. His parents weren't musicians, but they were music lovers and he was soon immersed in swing music and vocal jazz and pop. Franks' early idols included...
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