Global music legend Dionne Warwick had been a hitmaker at Arista Records for over a decade when label head Clive Davis suggested she record an entire album of songs from the timeless catalogue of Cole Porter, considered one of the 20th century’s most prolific and much loved composers. Davis and Warwick agreed that producer/arranger Arif Mardin (best known for his superb work with Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, the Average White Band and many others) would provide the perfect production for the 1990 concept album.
With Dionne s distinctive vocals at the fore, the album includes many of Porter s classics such as Night And Day (a song Dionne heard when growing up in New Jersey thanks to her father, a big fan of the composer’s work), You re The Top, It s All Right With Me and Anything Goes. The jazz version of Night And Day features Grover Washington Jr. and Stanley Jordan.
By 1994, Dionne made Brazil her second home following a long time love affair with the country, its people and its music that began in the 60s and in tribute, she recorded AQUARELA DO BRASIL ( Watercolours Of Brazil).
Dionne worked with producer Teo Lima and surrounded herself with the some of the best musicians in Brazil including Dori Caymmi and Oscar Castro-Neves, recording compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim among others. The rhythm tracks and vocals were cut in Rio, lending a completely authentic feel to the album, tracks from which are always included in Warwick s live shows the world over.
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Disc 1: Dionne Warwick Sings Cole PorterNight And Day / I Love Paris / I Get A Kick Out Of You / What Is This Thing Called Love/So In Love (Medley) / You Re The Top / I’ve Got You Undermy Skin / Begin The Beguine / It’s All Right With Me / Anything Goes / All Of You / I Concentrate On You / Just One Of Those Things / Night And Day (Jazz Version)
Disc 2: Aquarela Do Brasil - Jobim Medley / Virou Areia / Oh Bahia / Piano Na Mangueir / Captives Of The Heart / Samba Dobrado / Heart Of Brazil / N'kosi Sikelel'l - Afrika/So Bashiya / Bahlala Ekhaya / Aquarela Do Brasil / Caravan / Flower Of Bahia