Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Bossa Three - Bossa Nova - Brazilian Jazz - Samba Jazz Trio from the 60's

Perhaps most of you have already this LP from other Blogs, since it is very common and easy to find. It does not matter, this record is so good that zecalouro could not resist to bring it to Loronix. Meet Bossa Three with the LP Bossa Nova - Brazilian Jazz.

zecalouro gets lazy on Sunday afternoon, so he will copy the linear notes for info:

"One of the finest, most exciting of the new Samba Jazz groups to come to the US from Brazil since the Bossa Wave broke on our shores is the Bossa Three: Luis Parga (piano) Edison Machado (drums) and Tiao Neto (bass)".

In the other hand, zecalouro prepared an image showing the landscape of this amazing cover changing along time. This is Sugarloaf, Rio de Janeiro.

Rosinha de Valenca - Rosinha de Valenca Apresenta Ipanema Beat (1970)

Rosinha de Valenca is a Brazilian guitar player, active in the 60's and 70's. Acclaimed by renowned artists, such as: Baden Powell, Aloysio de Oliveira, Sergio Mendes (Rosinha was member of Brazil 65, performing a tour with Sergio Mendes in the US), Maria Bethania, and others.

Rosinha career was prematurely ended in 1992 due a brain injury caused by a heart attach and has passed in 2004.

Rosinha is another of those amazing Brazilian artists that are acclaimed internationally but almost unrecognized by Brazilian media and public.

This LP, Rosinha de Valenca Apresenta Ipanema Beat, was recorded in South Africa (1970). Considered by many as an "experimental" album, this LP is in fact very different from other Rosinha de Valenca releases. Duncam McKay (keyboard), at the age of 19, took part on the set, giving the record a kind of symphonic progressive rock flavor, making this out of the standard Rosinha LP a cult piece for Bossa Nova collectors.

Ed Lincoln - Ao Teu Ouvido (1960) - Ed Lincoln Debut LP

Ed Lincoln has released many records in the 60's. In the other hand, the information available about Ed Lincoln discography is as rare as his LPs. zecalouro has been with this LP, Ao Teu Ouvido, Ed Lincoln debut LP (1960), for a long time without any significant information to share. The coverarts are also very hard to get on reasonable quality. This is a major concern for collectors, since the recording companies do not use to keep the old LP covers filed and available to public.

By surprise, reading an Ed Linconl interview for CD-Baby, I found an amazing story behing this LP, which was also released with 3 other titles: Boite, Impacto and Ontem Hoje e Sempre. It seems to be the first LP where Eduardo Linconl is listed as Ed Lincoln, his definitive artistic name.

With the help of CD-Baby, that is the story, by Ed Lincoln own words:

CD-Baby: What was your first Ed Lincoln record?

Ed Lincoln: There's another story here! When I was playing at Drink and it was such a success that friend of mine who had started his own small label, Helium, asked me to record with him. As there wasn't much of a budget so we did the record as a favor at the Radio Nacional studios in the afternoon of November 2 1958. I remember because it's the 'Day of the Dead' here in Brasil and a holiday. As Helium didn't have any money at all, let alone to do the cover art, they did a deal with the editor of a woman's magazine - this guy would supply the artwork in return for me writing a song and listing him as co-author, interesting huh? But it was worth it because it was due to this guy at Helium that I became Ed Lincoln - he thought that Eduardo Lincoln wasn't commercial enough and he changed the name - well he was right wasn't he? The cover featured a man and a woman and she's whispering into his ear. The title was Ao Teu Ouvido - literally In your Ear. It may seem strange, but this record can still be found today - I found one in Japan selling for $188!

zecalouro is opening the post with the Boate cover and showing his best Ao Teu Ouvido as a miniature.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Tamba 4 - Samba Blim (1968)

This album is well known by many friends of zecalouro and it is so wonderful that deserves a place at Loronix. Samba Blim was recorded during the time Tamba Trio was expanded to a quartet - that's why they change from Tamba Trio to Tamba 4. The first out of two albums they made in the US for A&M.

As zecalouro explained on an earlier post, Tamba Trio was Luiz Eça (piano), Bebeto (bass) and Helcio Milito (drums) and the expanded Tamba 4 was Luiz Eça and Bebeto plus Dorio Ferreira (bass) and Ohana (drums).

Unfortunately both albums for A&M - Samba Blim and We and the Sea - failed commercially. Amazing, since Samba Blim is an essential masterpiece.

Walter Wanderley - Rain Forest (1966)

This amazing cover shows a Toucan, a Ramphastos. They are not social like zecalouro but are really beautiful. Perhaps only a few Loronixers had the chance to touch a Toucan and take a closer look. An angry Toucan can make serious injury to each other when there are fertile females around. Their beautiful big peak is hot like the body with a thin tongue.

Well, this is a music blog and zecalouro is going nuts! Let's go back to business...

Meet Walter Wanderley, 1966, Rain Forest, the first album recorded with his Trio - Walter Wanderley, Claudio Slon (drums) and Jose Marino (bass) in the US featuring also US musicians. This is his best-known record, and one of Bossa Nova essentials. We will find all those famous Bossa Nova songs from the 60’s; such like Summer Samba, Samba do Aviao, Saudade Querida and others.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Claudette Soares - Claudette Soares (1967)

Another special post for a Loronix friend, meet Claudette Soares, Brazilian Singer, revealed by Luiz Eça to embrace Bossa Nova style in the 60's. Claudette had a dynamic career, recording almost 40 LPs and CDs with several styles, such as: Baiao, Bossa Nova, Samba Jazz, Tropicalia and MPB from the 70's.

Claudette has collaborated with many artists, performing together with Taiguara, Jongo Trio, Pedrinho Mattar and others.

Zecalouro is presenting here an out of print LP from 1967, Claudette Soares - Claudette Soares, released before her acclaimed Claudette e Dona da Bossa from 1964.

Baden Powell - Baden Powell Swings with Jimmy Pratt (1963)

This is one of the greatest Baden Powell LPs of the 60's, Baden Powell Swings with Jimmy Pratt. This is a short set with less than 30 minutes, with the accompaniment of Copinha (flute), Moacir Santos (sax and vocals), Sandoval (clarinet), Sergio Barroso (bass), Jimmy Pratt (drums) and Rubens Bassini (percussion). The piano player is not credit.

The arrangements are unusual for a Baden album, featuring a lot of flute and oboe lines on all tracks. The outcome is a breezy Jazz album mixed with Bossa.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Elza Soares - Se Acaso Você Chegasse (1960)

Se Acaso Você Chegasse (If All of a Sudden You Arrive), 1960 is Elza Soares debut LP, nationwide acclaimed at that time with the song that gives the LP title playing all around the country.

The early 60's was a challenge for many artists, since Brazilian popular music was transitioning between the old radio singer style and the brand new and modern Bossa Nova. Elza Soares was clever, she make her singing with both elements, capturing both audiences.

Owner of a distinctive, harsh voice (even if considering the conspicuous Armstrong mannerisms), Elza Soares is one of the most swinging samba singers. Having appeared in 1959 with the samba "Se Acaso Você Chegasse," Soares always had her artistic career complicated by her personal life, which certainly impeded her of enjoying a more widespread popularity. Having gotten married at 12 and having lost three children who died of hunger, she later became the wife of Garrincha, one of the most genial soccer players ever, and also a chronic alcoholic. The peak of her career was in the '60s, with albums like O Máximo em Samba (1967), Elza Soares & Wilson das Neves (1968), Elza, Miltinho e Samba (a three-album series shared with Miltinho). In that decade she had several hits like "Boato," "Edmundo" (a version of "In the Mood"), "Beija-me," "Devagar Com a Louça," "Mulata Assanhada," "O Mundo Encantado de Monteiro Lobato," "Bahia de Todos os Deuses," "Palmas no Portão," and "Palhaçada." In the '70s, she still had success with "Salve a Mocidade" (1974), and "Malandro" (1977, this song launched Jorge Aragão as a composer). But it wasn't enough to prevent her from facing huge economical adversities and at the same time, she was being systematically turned away by recording companies. With Garrincha, Soares had a very troubled marriage and the untimely demise of their son Garrinchinha in 1986 in a car accident didn't help her in any way.

Trying unsuccessfully to develop a career abroad, she returned to Brazil in 1994, poor and depressed. Finally, she was rediscovered in the '80s by the younger generations of Brazilian rockers (Os Titãs, Lobão) and MPB artists like Caetano Veloso, having been awarded with a Sharp Prize award as the Best Samba Singer of 1997. Her life was depicted in the musical Crioula, which had several songs written specially for her by Chico Buarque, Chico César, Nei Lopes, and others. In 2000, she was appointed Singer of the Millennium by London's BBC. Soares continues to challenge her destiny, performing shows in every venue available. Living in extreme poverty throughout her childhood and teens, Elza Soares had her first audition in radio at Ary Barroso's novice show when she was 16, winning first place. She was then hired as a crooner by the Orquestra Garam de Bailes (led by conductor Joaquim Naegli). She worked in the orchestra until 1954, when she became pregnant. In 1955, she was invited to star together with Grande Otelo in the play Jour-Jou-Fru-Fru, which was a smash. Three years later, Soares toured Argentina, returning in the next year when she was hired by Rádio Vera Cruz. Also in 1959, she recorded a 78 rpm with "Se Acaso Você Chegasse" (Lupício Rodrigues/Felisberto Martins), one of her biggest hits. In 1960, she went to São Paulo where she performed regularly in the show I Festival Nacional de Bossa Nova and recorded her first LP, Se Acaso Você Chegasse. In 1962, she represented Brazil in Chile during the World Soccer Cup, where she met Garrincha. Having recorded several albums with the hits "Só Danço Samba" (Tom Jobim/Vinícius de Moraes), "A Banca do Distinto" (Billy Blanco), "Pressentimento" (Elton Medeiros/Hermínio Bello de Carvalho), and "Princesa Isabel" (Sérgio Ricardo), she moved to Italy in 1969, where she performed at the Sistina theater (Rome), returning to Brazil in 1972. In the same year, she opened the show Elza Em Dia de Graça at the Opinião theater (Rio) and participated in the Brasil Export Show (Canecão). Rediscovered in the '80s as a cult heroine by the Os Titãs, she performed with the band in a regular show at the Madame Satã nightclub. Soares also recorded in duet with Caetano Veloso on his album Velô and with Lobão on Casa de Samba. With her Trajetória (1997), in which she was paid tribute by Zeca Pagodinho, she won the Prêmio Sharp Award as Best Samba Singer. In November 1999, Soares participated in the show Desde Que o Samba é Samba (at Royal Albert Hall, London, England), together with Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Virgínia Rodrigues. In 2000, her life was depicted in the musical Crioula (Stella Miranda). ~ Alvaro Neder, All Music Guide

Wilson das Neves e seu Conjunto - Juventude 2000 (1968)

Wilson das Neves e o Seu Conjunto - Juventude 2000 (1968) is the debut LP from this great Brazilian drummer. This is another crazy set where every kind of influence is put together on a strength mix. Additionally, there is a lot of organ playing on Walter Wanderley and Ed Lincoln style.

zecalouro is in doubt if the cover artwork is great or not. Seems to zecalouro that the cover tries to guess what Juventude - Youth - scene should be in 2000. I think the cover is wrong in two decades, since it is like a disco club from the 70's.

Better summarize and stop the bla bla bla. Nice instrumental album, with a lot of instrument going to foreground and background, back and forth every time, making good surprises.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Os Velhinhos Transviados - Na Brasa Viva (1966)

This is a special post for a Loronix friend. Os Velhinhos Transviados, something really unique from the 60's.

Os Velhinhos Transviados is a lead by Ze Menezes, a renowned Brazilian guitarist, being active - believe it or not - from the 30's until today.

Since the 70's, Ze Menezes was hired by Rede Globo, Brazilian Broadcast TV, to be the main guitarist, being the composer of well-known themes for TV shows, such as Os Trapalhoes.

In the 60's Ze Meneses decided to create this madness called Os Velhinhos Transviados, which is an amazing mix of Samba, Jazz, Rock, Beatles, Stones, Orchestra and everything you should here on this LP, a cool eletric Samba Jazz bossa from 1962. Very cult piece.

Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd - Brazilian Soul (1981)

Although zecalouro lives around guitars and basses, it is a false statement to say that zecalouro he is a musician. If you are beginning your career as a musician, take care of records like this Brazilian Soul, with Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd (1981).

Stay away if you don't want to listen to music that your will never be good enough to reach their level of playing, big issue for zecalouro.

Run to the cashier if you are confident and want to listen to something that will be your reference for many years.

Brazilian Soul is the first release out of 4 between Laurindo Almeida and the legendary Charlie Byrd, making a quartet on this one with Bob Magnusson (bass) and Milt Holland (percussion). There are nice melodies and high quality guitar techniques that should be rewarding for musician and fans.

The set is full of Bossa Nova classics from Jobim and Brazilian classical pieces. The song Don't Cry for me Argentina closes the set and seems to be out of place, but works fine.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Osmar Milito - Viagem (1974)

Let's go with a Brazilian rarity from the 70's, Osmar Milito, with his 1974 LP – Viagem, a nice Bossa Jazz album with some hits that Brazilian Loronixers up to 35 will remember and enjoy.

Osmar Milito is a great pianist, brother of Helcio Milito from Tamba Trio. In this LP, Milito plays the piano and makes the arrangements on a very good company: Paulo Moura (regency), Tião Barros (bass), Luiz Claudio (acoustic and electric guitar), Ronnie Mesquita (drums), Chico batera (percussion), Pascoal Meirelles (drums) and Luizão (bass).

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Angela Maria - A Rainha Canta (1955)

As last Sunday, zecalouro’s mother spent a time here to get around with her son and, certainly, to see Loronix, bring some new LPs and take some music for the week.

Again, she gave some advice. She said that just on Angela Maria was a severe fault with the best Brazilian diva ever.

Well, she is right. zecalouro is filling this gap with this wonderful 1955 LP, A Rainha Canta (The Queen Sings, since Angela was known as the Radio Queen on an era without TV sets). Good times without TV!

We put the LP to play and zecalouro’s mother sung all the music by heart. It was very good. Made zecalouro feels better. Thanks mother.