Saturday, June 24, 2006

Nana Caymmi - Serie Estreia (1965) - Debut Album

Nana Caymmi is Dorival Caymmi famous daughter, an established singer and surely one of the greatest Brazilian Diva. Nana is easily recognized by her deep voice and is also a composer, recorded by Milton Nascimento and other Brazilian giants.

This album is the first ever in her career, Nana Caymmi - Serie Estreia (1965). The early and young Nana shows here everything she could deliver on her remaining albums. Arranged with passion by Oscar Castro Neves, which took care of never pushing Nana too much, and letting her vocal expressions open like she was singing for her great father and family. Titles include songs of Dorival Caymmi, Tom Jobim, Paulo Sergio Valle, Eumir Deodato, among others.

It is a mandatory album for any collector. After this debut, Nana entered into an artistic hiatus to be dedicated to her marriage, delivering a new album only ten years later.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Elis Regina & Toots Thielemans - Aquarela do Brasil (1969)

A few posts ago, we were introduced to Roberto Menescal - O Conjunto de Roberto Menescal, assembled by Elis Regina for her 1969 European tour. Elis Regina was outstanding even beyond her vocals, she also knew very well how to choose her musicians and arrangers.

This album - Aquarela do Brasil, Toots Thielemans & Elis Regina (1969) was recorded in Sweden during this tour. This record is as good as the last Elis & Tom, maybe better.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Trio Irakitan - A Bossa que Gostamos de Cantar (1961)

Trio Irakitan was a Vocal Bossa Nova Samba Trio. Their debut was very early, being active since 1947. Trio Irakitan members are from Brazilian Northeast region, they were responsible for introducing some Northeast flavor to national audiences.

Trio Irakitan has terminated its activities due passing of its Leader, Edinho, in 1965.

They made several records, Trio Irakitan - A Bossa que Gostamos de Cantar is from 1961, their peak.

Marcos Valle - Samba '68 (1968)

Marcos Valle Samba 68' is the kind of album that everybody likes it, even those who are not familiarized with Marcos and his music. He interprets eleven of his songs including some standards. Marcos wife - Ana Maria - duels with him on some tracks.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Roberto Menescal - O Conjunto de Roberto Menescal (1969)

This is a 1969 record from Roberto Menescal - O Conjunto de Roberto Menescal, with the participation of Elis Regina on track 02, Depois da Queda. This album was recorded after a tourne in Europe with Elis Regina, who was backed up by Roberto Menescal on a band called Elis 5.

The cover shows Menescal on his best time, taking sun and fishing at Praia do Arpoador, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

O Conjunto de Roberto Menescal left renowned musicians that were successful later on by themselves, such as: Antonio Adolfo and Wilson das Neves.