September 1, 1991 |
Ivan Lins, the Brazilian composer-singer, is a firm believer in inevitability. His current album, "Awa Yio" on Warner Bros. Records, is a good example. The collection employs a colorful array of folkloric styles to express its theme--a plea for the preservation of the natural beauties of Brazil. "If change is inevitable, and I feel that it is, then it is up to the artists and musicians to imagine the best way things can be," said Lins, 45, of Rio de Janeiro, during a recent visit to Los Angeles.
June 4, 1999 |
Ivan Lins is not exactly one of the most familiar names in the opening day lineup of the Playboy Jazz Festival on June 12 at the Hollywood Bowl. He is, after all, on a bill that also includes such high-profile American jazz artists as Grover Washington Jr., Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves and Hendricks & Ross. But with the exception of Antonio Carlos Jobim, no Brazilian singer-composer is regarded with more affection and admiration in the jazz community.
February 19, 1988 |
You may have heard of Brazilian singer-songwriter Ivan Lins: His tunes "The Island," "Harlequin," "Love Dance," "Velas" and "Antes Que Seja Tarde" have been interpreted by such diverse artists as Sarah Vaughan, the Manhattan Transfer, Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Ritenour and George Benson.
October 16, 2000 |
The songs of Ivan Lins are probably exceeded only by those of Antonio Carlos Jobim in the affection of jazz musicians. The reasons are easy to hear--lush harmonies, sweeping melodies, unusual song forms and unexpected shifts of key. And, with the release of "A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins" (Telarc)--featuring performances by Sting, Vanessa Williams and others--Lins' music is making inroads into the pop arena as well. No one, however, does his songs as well as he does.
August 18, 1996 |
IVAN LINS "I'm Not Alone" Velas / TransBrasil * * * 1/2 Soft romantic jazz has gotten a bad name in these years of superficial new adult contemporary sounds. Fortunately, there are still a few artists around like Lins. The Brazilian singer-songwriter, whose works ("The Island," "Love Dance" and "Velas" among them) have long been favored by jazz musicians, is one of the rare composers with the subtlety and the lyricism to produce music that is both romantic and sophisticated.
May 10, 1996 |
Bad things sometimes happen to good performers. And Brazilian singer-songwriter Ivan Lins got more than his share Wednesday night at the House of Blues. He was, first of all, saddled with a completely incompatible opening act--Japanese singer Toshi Kubota--whose complicated setup had to be removed before Lins could appear. Then, once Lins made it to the stage, close to 11 p.m., he was persistently obliged to stop and start numbers over again because of a thicket of audio problems.