The Bottom Line
Seu Jorge is one of the bright, rising stars of Brasil's popular music scene. A composer, singer and actor, the multi-faceted Jorge has a strong, compelling voice that's a pleasure to listen to. The concert was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival and comes as both a CD or DVD. Either is a sure-fire winner for those who love samba influenced Brazilian pop.
- Great songs, great style, great voice
- In Portuguese, if language is a consideration
- 10 tracks of Brazilian samba fused pop music, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival
- Available as both CD and DVD of concert.
- Released by Eagle Rock Records
Guide Review - CD / DVD Review: Seu Jorge - Live At Montreux 2005
I wasn't that familiar with much more than the name of Seu Jorge until last year when I saw some clips of him performing in Mika Kaurismaki's Moro No Brasil. Sure enough, in the way of coincidences, a few weeks later there he was playing Pele Dos Santos in The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou and, not coincidentally, singing David Bowie songs in Portuguese on the film's soundtrack.
Now here's Seu Jorge: Live at Montreux, an album of his performance at the 2005 Montreux Jazz Festival. Montreux is a small town on the shores of Switzerland's Lake Geneva, but the festival is no small event, having blossomed into one of Europe's most important musical events, encompassing many broader musical styles than simply jazz.
A lot has been made of Jorge's childhood in one of Brazil's notorious favelas and his subsequent homeless days in the streets. But what really matters is his music and this CD is a good place to get (re)acquainted with a unique voice that can turn from a smoky grumble to smoothly jazzy from song to song.
Most of Jorge's music is influence by samba, although the pop tunes are most commonly classified as part of Brazil's tropicalia movement. The arrangements are spare, using basic acoustic guitar and a variety of percussion to spotlight his wonderful voice. The combination gives the impression of casual ease. This casual musicality is underscored by his pleasant, affecting, low-key stage presence on the DVD, which contains the same songs as the CD.
The first 5 tracks are from his Cru album, "Tu Queria" and is from Carolina. This album would serve as a dynamite introduction to Jorge, or as part of your Brazilian collection. Seu Jorge is such a pleasant performer that, if you can afford it, get both the CD and DVD.