Window to the World: A Tribute to Brazilian Music Legend Milton Nascimento
Since the late 1960’s, singer and composer Milton Nascimento has influenced artists across the musical spectrum inside and outside his native country of Brazil. His songwriting career began in earnest when his compositions were recorded by legendary singer Elis Regina in the mid-sixties. Shortly afterwards, he started making his own records and eventually rose to international fame. He is considered a world music superstar. Jazz audiences learned about him through his collaborations with Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter.
Singer and pianist Clarice Assad started listening to Nascimento before she even learned how to talk. Her new album “Window to the World” is a tribute to this living legend. It includes arrangements of songs like Cancao Do Sal (Salt Song), Milagre Dos Peixes (Miracle of the Fishes) and selections from Nascimento’s pivotal 1972 album Clube Da Esquina.
Nascimento is now 80 years old and gave his farewell tour late last year, wrapping up a six-decade performing career that culminated in almost fifty albums.
In this conversation, Assad discusses her appreciation for Nascimento’s music, the challenges of translating of the meanings of the songs across linguistic and cultural divides and the ways that Nascimento’s music intersects with jazz.