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    New Yorker: Assads "Jardim Abandonado" Exquisite

    In the October 29 issue of The New Yorker, writer Russell Platt reviews Jardim Abandonado, the new record by Sérgio and Odair Assad, calling the Brazilian brothers' take on four classic tunes by Antônio Carlos Jobim "exquisite miniatures of ardent desire and ineffable regret." Platt also singles out the album's two transcriptions of French composer Darius Milhaud's "Scaramouche," which, in the Assads hands, "become mellow drops of sunshine"; and the album's "pièce de résistance ... a transcription of 'Rhapsody in Blue.' Instead of the crazy energy of Manhattan, we get the sultry glamour of Rio de Janeiro."

    The album also features a work by Sérgio himself, four from his daughter Clarice, two pieces from Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, and a version of Adam Guettel's Octet from his Tony Awardwinning The Light in the Piazza. For Platt, the Assads' arrangements "give all the pieces, whether popular or classical, an intimate sense of tonal richness and a new range of scintillating colors."

    To read the complete New Yorker review, visit newyorker.com

    For more information on Jardim Abandonado, click here.

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New Yorker: Assads "Jardim Abandonado" Exquisite

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The New Yorker says that Sérgio and Odair Assad's new album, Jardim Abandonado, includes works by Antônio Carlos Jobim ("exquisite miniatures of ardent desire and ineffable regret"), Milhaud, Debussy, Sérgio Assad, his daughter Clarice, and Adam Guettel, and the album's "pièce de résistance ... a transcription of 'Rhapsody in Blue.'" The Assads' arrangements "give all the pieces, whether popular or classical, an intimate sense of tonal richness and a new range of scintillating colors."

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In the October 29 issue of The New Yorker, writer Russell Platt reviews Jardim Abandonado, the new record by Sérgio and Odair Assad, calling the Brazilian brothers' take on four classic tunes by Antônio Carlos Jobim "exquisite miniatures of ardent desire and ineffable regret." Platt also singles out the album's two transcriptions of French composer Darius Milhaud's "Scaramouche," which, in the Assads hands, "become mellow drops of sunshine"; and the album's "pièce de résistance ... a transcription of 'Rhapsody in Blue.' Instead of the crazy energy of Manhattan, we get the sultry glamour of Rio de Janeiro."

The album also features a work by Sérgio himself, four from his daughter Clarice, two pieces from Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, and a version of Adam Guettel's Octet from his Tony Awardwinning The Light in the Piazza. For Platt, the Assads' arrangements "give all the pieces, whether popular or classical, an intimate sense of tonal richness and a new range of scintillating colors."

To read the complete New Yorker review, visit newyorker.com

For more information on Jardim Abandonado, click here.

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Sérgio and Odair Assad "Jardim Abandonado" [cover]

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