Monday, November 13, 2006

Waldir Calmon e Seu Conjunto - Feito para Dancar Nr. 7 (1957)

Who is your favorite Brazilian organist? Good question. Walter Wanderley is probably the favorite of many friends, for his international career, association with Bossa Nova, etc. However, we can never forget a true genius that did not have the chance of an international career and exposure, Waldir Calmon.

Waldir Calmon deserves a biographical book, his activity started in the late 30's, releasing his last recording in 1980. In the 40's, he was the first pianist that adopted the solovox, which is a kind of gadget that adapts the acoustic piano to make it sounds like an organ. Anyway, this is Waldir Calmon e Seu Conjunto - Feito para Dancar Nr. 7 (1957), for Radio (not the device, the Label Radio). Thanks to JR for this post. Tracks include:

01 - Chegou a Hora (Amado Regis)
02 - Que Será Será (Jay Livingston / Ray Evans)
03 - Habanera (Carmen de Bizet)
04 - Rio de Janeiro a Janeiro (Luis Antônio)
05 - 1ª Sinfonia (Tchaikovsky)
06 - Polonaise (Frederic Chopin)
07 - Os Pintinhos no Terreiro (Zequinha de Abreu)
08 - Only You (Buck Ram)
09 - Puladinho (Severino Araújo)
10 - Innamorata (Brooks / Warren)
11 - Espinita (Nico Jimenez)
12 - Vereda Tropical (Gonzalo Curiel)
13 - Caravana (Millie / Duke Ellington / Tizol)

PS.: These files have 96Kbps, but are from MPEG-2 Layer III with a sound quality close to 192Kbps. When you see these 96Kbps files at Loronix, take in consideration that they are from this specification.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, Zeca!
May be the best Waldir Calmon organ-led record is "Hit Parade" for Copacabana (after 1966)with great version of "Tristeza" and really wild uptempo "Canto de Ossanha".
Do you have you any information about Ze Maria life in US?
Great guy!
And last question about organists: do you know something about future CD releases of Ed Lincoln? Why such great records, as A Volta, Cochise and Ed Lincoln (62) still out of print?
All the Best