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Album Review

The notes for this CD ask, "What issue is more topical than the Brazilian rain forest? So what reissue would be more topical than Walter Wanderley's Rain Forest?" Politically, this may be true, but musically, this collection is anything but topical. From the first tune — the monster hit "Summer Samba," the listener is catapulted straight back to the '60s when bossa nova was new in the U.S. and everyone wanted a piece of it. Organist Wanderley made a big splash with this CD, which went platinum in two years — and it does evoke strong water images, like "poolside" and "ice skating rink." The jazzmen are underutilized, since most of the tracks are less than three minutes long and leave little room to stretch out. One exception is the pretty Ferreira/Marconi ballad "Rain," the only track where Wanderley plays piano rather than organ and which features a fine solo by Urbie Green on trombone. On "Beach Samba," Green gets to noodle a bit, but Bucky Pizarelli is heard stating the melody and nothing else. Despite all the sadness implied in the song titles, this CD has a jaunty feel to it and will be best enjoyed by nostalgic fans of that bygone era.

Customer Reviews

Batucada Walter wanderley

I was 17 the first time I've heard this album ,in a radio station.this album Wanderley and trio stay in my mind forever,the best from the brazilian discography.Two thumbs up! also very good job from itunes allowing us enjoying the best organ player ever heard in mid 60's and 70's. D'Leon

A remarkable album

I love this album. Some of it shows its age, as when there is an excessive use of staccato; but that's easily forgiven for the remarkably contagious and joyous aliveness Wanderley brings to his arrangements. Check ouf Summer Samba and It's Easy to Say Goodbye.... they just might have an antidepressant-like influence on your neurochemistry. You may end up wanting to dance, buy roses, look up Brazil on the internet, or at the least, hum more than you have before.


I really like this song!! I like Walter Wanderley! This is just great, Walter and his band did a wonderful job on this song. I've never heard such a great jazzy bossa nova music before! I'm surprised that nobody ever told me about Walter Wanderley...I just discovered his songs myself.


Born: May 12, 1932 in Recife, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Walter Wanderley was a talented and gifted organist with an acute ear for new harmonies. With 46 recorded solo albums in his entire career, both in Brazil and the U.S., he reached number 26 on the Billboard pop charts in September 1966, opening a large pathway of success only menaced by himself and his complex character. Ten years after his death from cancer, with a new fad coming, he was repackaged by the entertainment industry as a mere lounge player, carrying his record sales even further and...
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