Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Steve Lawrence on TV and live in Las Vegas!

Mark your calendars!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008, Steve Lawrence will make a special guest star appearance on "The Cleaners", a new TV show on the A&E network (at 10 PM/9c)

And...from August 15 to 17, don't miss "An Evening with Steve Lawrence" at THE ORLEANS HOTEL & CASINO in Las Vegas!

Btw, right now I'm listening to the CD reissue of "Steve & Eydie, Bonfá & Brazil", that wonderful album they recorded back in 1968 with Luiz Bonfa for Columbia in NY, and that they have reissued on CD in the USA in 2005, on their own label GL Music. Unfortunately, without the original notes from the LP back cover, as well as with no credits for the musicians (Bobby Rosengarden, Dom Um Romão, Ron Carter and Marvin Stamm, among them).

These are the liner notes from Steve & Eydie to the CD booklet:
"Luiz was coming to the States more often and Don Costa arranged for us to meet him. We really hit it off and decided to do the album. Bonfá told us about a new young Brazilian musician/arranger that he thought would be perfect for us. His name was Eumir Deodato.
The greatest moments for us were the casual and intimate rehearsals at our apartment where we drank dark coffee and learned the songs while Eumir played the piano... as he does on the album and Bonfá played his guitar. To quote Antonio Carlos Jobim... “Bonfá plays the guitar like no other... his guitar is a little orchestra”. Luiz and Carlos collaborated on the film score for “Black Orpheus”. A cult film which introduced the world to Bossa Nova... a movement known as ‘New Wave’ or ‘New Groove’ and the film made them both international stars. ‘Manha De Carnival’ is still among the top ten songs played in the world today. We do not get many requests for this opus... but we do for all the other enchanting songs in this marvelous album.
The musicianship is grand, the performances delightful and the memories are unforgettable. We have run out of adjectives... but you won’t after you rediscover Steve & Eydie Bonfá & Brazil."

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