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Rendezvous In Rio

Michael Franks

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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.
© Paula Edelstein /TiVo

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1
Under The Sun
00:05:25

Michael Franks, MainArtist

2006 KOCH RECORDS 2006 KOCH RECORDS

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Rendezvous In Rio
00:05:35

Michael Franks, MainArtist

2006 KOCH RECORDS 2006 KOCH RECORDS

3
The Cool School
00:05:46

Michael Franks, MainArtist

2006 KOCH RECORDS 2006 KOCH RECORDS

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Samba Do Soho
00:04:39

Michael Franks, MainArtist

2006 KOCH RECORDS 2006 KOCH RECORDS

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The Critics Are Never Kind
00:05:14

Michael Franks, MainArtist

2006 KOCH RECORDS 2006 KOCH RECORDS

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Scatsville
00:04:26

Michael Franks, MainArtist

2006 KOCH RECORDS 2006 KOCH RECORDS

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The Chemistry Of Love
00:04:23

Michael Franks, MainArtist

2006 KOCH RECORDS 2006 KOCH RECORDS

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Hearing "take Five"
00:05:39

Michael Franks, MainArtist

2006 KOCH RECORDS 2006 KOCH RECORDS

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The Question Is Why
00:04:29

Michael Franks, MainArtist

2006 KOCH RECORDS 2006 KOCH RECORDS

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Songbirds
00:06:47

Michael Franks, MainArtist

2006 KOCH RECORDS 2006 KOCH RECORDS

Album Description

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.
© Paula Edelstein /TiVo

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