Saturday, September 30, 2006

Som Três - Tobogã (1970)

Toboga is the name of this LP from Cesar Camargo Mariano combo Som Tres, but is also the name of the slope these Three guys are having fun. I do not know how common was the toboga outside Brazil in the 70's, but here it was real a mania.

Back to business, this is the last out of five LPs released by Som Tres, one of the best Bossa Nova Trios from the late 60's, lead by Cesar Camargo Mariano. This is a really late debut at Loronix and you should take this record and this group with a special attention. Som Tres is Cesar Camargo Mariano (piano), Saba (bass) and Toninho Pinheiro (drums). zecalouro is providing AMG bio for Cesar Camargo Mariano. Tracks include:

1. Lôla (Lamartine Babo)
2. Irmãos Coragem (Nonato Buzar / Paulinho Tapajós)
3. Bajar no México (César Camargo Mariano)
4. Eu Já Tenho Você (César Camargo Mariano / Sabá)
5. Eu Só Posso Assim (Pingarilho / Marcos Vasconcellos)
6. O Telefone Tocou Novamente (Jorge Ben "Jorge Benjor")
7. Oh Happy Day (Tradicional / Adpt. Edwin R. Hawkins)
8. Tobogã (César Camargo Mariano)
9. Mulher Brasileira (Jorge Ben "Jorge Benjor")
10. A Volta da Maçã (César Camargo Mariano / Toninho / Sabá)

One of Brazil's top arrangers, producers, and pianists, César Camargo Mariano has had extensive work in the most important arenas of the world. He has had musicians like Abe Laboriel, Alex Acuña, Mitch Holder, Paulinho da Costa, Jerry Hey, Bill Rickenbach, Ernie Watts, Hélio Delmiro, Wagner Tiso, Nelson Ayres, Crispin DelCistia, Azael Rodrigues, João Parahyba, among many others, participating on his solo albums. Mariano also co-produced, arranged, played the piano, and/or did the artistic direction for several shows and albums of Brazil's most important contemporary artists like Elis Regina, Nana Caymmi, Gal Costa, Maria Betânia, Simone, Rita Lee, Elba Ramalho, Ney Matogrosso, João Bosco, Leny Andrade, Leila Pinheiro, Beth Carvalho, Emilio Santiago, Ivan Lins, Ivete Sangalo, and others. Among his many awards are the eight Clio's and several São Paulo's Association of Art Critics (APCA) awards as musician, composer, arranger, and producer of records and shows. Over the past two decades, Mariano has produced, directed, and headed various TV programs. Mariano also wrote soundtracks for films, plays, and prime time nationwide soap operas (like Mandala).

Mariano started playing the piano by ear at 13, never having studied music before. Nine months later he played with Melba Liston (June 1957) in her concert in Rio. In the '60s, Mariano was hired by the William Furneaux Orchestra, playing dances. He also formed a quartet at that time with Theo de Barros (bass), Flavio Abattipietro (trumpet), and José Luis Schiavo (drums). Invited by Simonetti, Mariano put together a larger group, Três Américas, to cover some of Simonetti's gigs. In the A Baiúca nightclub (São Paulo) in 1962, Mariano participated in the Sabá Quartet with Sabá Oliveira (bass), Hamilton Pitorre (drums), and Theo de Barros (guitar). In the same year, Mariano produced and arranged Claudete Soares' Claudete é Dona da Bossa. In 1963 Mariano recorded his first album, Quarteto Sabá. Together with Airto Moreira and Humberto Clayber, Mariano formed the Sambalanço Trio (1964). With the American choreographer, dancer, and singer Lennie Dale, Mariano staged a bossa nova show that was a success, yielding the album Lennie Dale & Sambalanço Trio No Zum-Zum, which received two prizes from the newspaper Jornal do Brasil. From 1965 to 1971, Mariano led the Som Três trio. In 1967, Mariano wrote 12 arrangements for singer Marisa Gata Mansa. In 1968, Mariano became Wilson Simonal's producer, arranger, and musical director. In 1969, Mariano participated in the Festival of Black Arts in Senegal, Africa, with the singer Elizeth Cardoso and the Som Três trio. In 1971, Mariano was invited by Elis Regina to direct, produce, and arrange her new show at the Teatro da Praia in Rio and her new album for PolyGram, Elis. He put together a new quartet with Luisão Maia (bass), Helio Delmiro (guitar), and Paulinho Braga (drums). This would be the first of a series of 13 albums with Elis Regina. Mariano's first instrumental solo work was the show São Paulo Brasil (1978). In 1980, Mariano wrote and recorded the soundtrack for Arnaldo Jabor's Eu Te Amo. Two years later he wrote the soundtrack for Bruno Barreto's Além da Paixão. In 1988, Mariano performed another instrumental music show with Dino Vicente (keyboards), Luisão Maia, and Pedro Ivo (bass), Azael Rodrigues and João Parahyba (percussion), Ulisses Rocha (guitar), and Pique Riverte (saxes and flute). The show, called Ponte das Estrelas, was recorded live and toured all over Brazil and Latin America. In 1989, at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Mariano performed as a duet with João Bosco. Putting together an acoustic trio with Hélio Delmiro on guitar and Paulo Moura on clarinet, they traveled to Spain for a ten-concert tour. In 1990 Mariano composed the soundtrack for another film, Paixão Cigana (Flávia Moraes), and the score for the play Luar em Preto e Branco. In 1994, Mariano moved to the United States. In that year he met Sadao Watanabe, who invited him to produce and arrange Watanabe's album In Tempo. Sadao Watanabe would bring Mariano again to produce and arrange his album Viajando. In that first period, Mariano played a piano concert at the Blue Note club in New York and traveled to Japan for various appearances with Watanabe and his group. In Chile, Mariano performed a four-handed piano concert with Michel Petrucciani. He also participated in Armando Manzanero's album El Piano -- Manzanero y Sus Amigos. In New York in 1996, Mariano gave a solo concert at the Ballroom, along with John Patittucci's group. With Romero Lubambo (guitar), Leo Traversa (bass), and Mark Walker (drums), Mariano performed a tribute to Elis Regina at the Montreaux Jazz Festival with special guest Milton Nascimento. At the end of the year, Mariano directed a Brazilian music show at the Lincoln Center. In 1997, along with his quartet, he performed with Michael Brecker and Dianne Reeves at the Heineken Festival in São Paulo and Porto Alegre, Brazil. In Mexico, Mariano produced an album for PolyGram Latino with 12 Latin American singers (Tania Libertad, Vikky Car, Emmanuel, Maria Conchita Alonso, among others) backed only by piano and keyboards, Piano, Voz y Sentimento. In October, maestro and producer Ettore Stratta invited Mariano to join him in putting on the All Jobim concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Acting as musical director and arranger for the concert, Mariano also performed alongside Ivan Lins, Leila Pinheiro, Dori Caymmi, Joe Lovano, Sharon Isbin, Eugene Maslov, and Al Jarreau. In April, invited by Ivan Lins, Mariano put together a duet program with Romero Lubambo on guitar for a series of concerts in the Brasil Musical (Musical Brasil) project in Rio de Janeiro. Followed another tour to Japan for various concerts alongside Sadao Watanabe, joined by Paulo Braga (drums), Marcelo Mariano (bass), Romero Lubambo (guitar), and Café (percussion). With guitar player Romero Lubambo, Mariano performed at Birdland in New York and at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. In May 1999, invited by maestro Gil Jardim, Mariano participated in the Café Com Leite, a spectacle with the Brazilian Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by a a solo tour through Brazil. In September, Mariano was again invited by maestro Ettore Stratta to direct the All Jobim show at Carnegie Hall in New York. This time participants included João Bosco, James Ingram, Simone, Michael Brecker, the New York Voices, Paula Robinson, and the duo formed by Mariano and Romero Lubambo. In October and November, Mariano wrote the string arrangements for Blossom Dearie's album Blossom's Planet (Daffodil Records) and the arrangements for Romero Lubambo's album Love Dance (Aosis/JVC Japan).

Sergio Porto - Aracy de Almeida - Billy Blanco no Zum-Zum (1966)

zecalouro brings the live recording of the anthological show at Boate Zum-Zum in Rio de Janeiro with Sergio Porto, Aracy de Almeida, Billy Blanco and Roberto Menescal.

Billy Blanco LPs are hard to find and this should be a nice chance to get along with this artist. The arrangements for this show are from Oscar Castro Neves and the set is backed by Roberto Menescal e Seu Conjunto. Tracks include:

01 - Essa Nega Quer Me Dar (José Luis de Moraes "Caninha")
02 - Lamento (Pixinguinha) - Conjunto Roberto Menescal
03 - Jura (J. B. da Silva "Sinhô")
04 - Feitio de Oração (Noel Rosa / Vadico) -- O X do Problema (Noel Rosa) -- Três Apitos (Noel Rosa)
05 - Não Me Diga Adeus (Luis Soberano / João Correia da Silva / Paquito) -- Camisa Amarela (Ary Barroso)
06 - Tenha Pena de Mim (Ciro de Souza / Babaú)
07 - Sarita (Rodrigues / Toledo) -- Kalú (Humberto Teixeira) -- Besame Mucho (Consuelo Velasquez)
08 - Não Vou Pra Brasília (Billy Blanco)
09 - Feiura Não É Nada (Billy Blanco) -- Camelot (Billy Blanco)
10 - Mocinho Bonito (Billy Blanco) -- A Banca do Distinto (Billy Blanco) -- Estatuto de Gafieira (Billy Blanco)
11 - Praça Mauá (Billy Blanco) -- Mária Maria Mariá (Billy Blanco)
12 - Brucutú (Alley-oop) (Frazier / Vrs. Rossini Pinto) -- Rio do Meu Amor (Billy Blanco) -- Até Amanhã (Noel Rosa)

Sylvia Telles e Mario Telles - EP Elenco CE-27 (1966)

There is no much info available on old EPs, perhaps this is the reason why zecalouro does not like to post EPs very often. The old EPs are also like 78 rpm recordings, the cover artwork are simple, sometimes with a unique layout for diferent artists.

Since Sylvia Telles is on of Loronix favorites, zecalouro is making available this 1966 EP, Elenco CE-27, where Sylvia sings Nao Quero ver Voce Triste and then Canto de Paz with his brother Mario Telles. Tracks include:

01 - Não Quero Ver Você Triste (Roberto Carlos / Erasmo Carlos)
02 - Canto De Paz (Marco Antônio / Nelson Lins e Barros)

Raul de Barros e Orquestra Brazilian Serenade - O Som da Gafieira (1979)

zecalouro's mother said that we are missing some LPS at Loronix. This is quite dangerous, since tomorrow will be Brazilian elections and zecalouro will need to fly to his mom's home.

Let's avoid problems tomorrow posting mom's favorites, starting with Raul de Barros e Orquestra Brazilian Serenade - O Som da Gafieira (1979), a Raul de Barros live set that will make you kick around the house. I don't need to say that Raul de Barros is doing very fine at the cover. Tacks include:

01 - Melodia Celestial (Raul de Barros)
02 - Passarinho (Chatim)
03 - Estatuto de Gafieira (Billy Blanco)
04 - Tema de Gafieira Flor de Liz (Raul de Barros)
05 - Coração Leviano (Paulinho da Viola)
06 - Pra Machucar Meu Coração (Ary Barroso)
07 - Escurinha (Geraldo Pereira / Arnaldo Passos)
08 - Moonlight Serenade (Parish / Miller)
09 - In The Mood (J. Galard / A. Razaf)
10 - Meu Drama (Silas de Oliveira / J. Ilarindo)
11 - Casa de Bamba (Martinho da Vila)
12 - Folha Morta (Ary Barroso)
13 - Piston de Gafieira (Billy Blanco)

Friday, September 29, 2006

Ithamara Koorax e Luiz Bonfa - Ithamara Koorax Sings the Luiz Bonfa Songbook (1996)

According with several discographies, this is the last Luiz Bonfa recording participation. This is a 1996 album, out of print and very recent to be available at Loronix. However, this is a really worthwhile album and as a Luiz Bonfa tribute we should also make our modest celebration to this great artist.

Ithamara Koorax pays her tribute to the genius recording this album on a interval of eleven months between Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles and London. Several renowned guest were invited: Nelson Angelo (guitar), Shigeharu Sasago (guitar), Larry Coryell (guitar), Torcuato Mariano (guitar, keyboards), Eumir Deodato (keyboards), Paulo Malaguti (keyboards, percussion), Sadao Watanabe (alto sax), Jamil Joanes (bass), Ron Carter (bass), Carlos Bala (drums), Ivan Conti (drums), Sidinho Moreira (percussion), and Arnaldo DeSouteiro (percussion).

A truly wonderful tribute to Luiz Bonfa, released in Brazil as Almost in Love and internationally as Ithamara Koorax Sings the Luiz Bonfa Songbook. zecalouro includes AMG review for this album and track list.

01 - Almost In Love (Luis Bonfá / R. Starr) [LB]
02 - Non-stop To Brazil (Luis Bonfá / Norman Gimbel / M. Dubey) [LB]
03 - Amor Sem Adeus (Luis Bonfá / Tom Jobim) [LB]
04 - Menina Flor (Luis Bonfá / Maria Helena Toledo) [LB]
05 - Samba De Orfeu (Luis Bonfá / Antônio Maria) [LB]
06 - Perdido De Amor (Luis Bonfá) [LB]
07 - The Gentle Rain (Luis Bonfá / M. Dubey) [LB]
08 - Correnteza (Luis Bonfá / Tom Jobim) [LB]
09 - Say Goodbye (Luis Bonfá / C. Sigman) [LB]
10 - Empty Glass (Luis Bonfá / D. Manning)
11 - Manhã De Carnaval (Luis Bonfá / Antônio Maria) [LB]
12 - Vida (Luis Bonfá) [LB]
13 - Samblues For Mr. Coryell (Luis Bonfá) [LB]
14 - Empty Glass (Luis Bonfá / D. Manning)

[LB] Bonfá guitar can be heard on these tracks.

AMG Review by Alex Herdeson

If Antonio Carlos Jobim was the George Gershwin of Brazil, the prolific Luiz Bonfá is the Brazilian equivalent of Cole Porter or Irving Berlin. An expressive interpreter of lyrics - both English and Portuguese - Ithamara Koorax pays tribute to the Brazilian icon on Almost in Love: Ithamara Koorax Sings Luiz Bonfá (which percussionist/arranger Arnaldo DeSouteiro produced in 1995 and 1996). This Brazilian release wasn't the first time that a singer - Brazilian or otherwise - paid homage to Bonfá, and it won't be the last. But Almost in Love isn't a run-of-the-mill, dime-a-dozen tribute album. Whether she is singing in Portuguese or English, Koorax invests a great deal of emotion into these gems - emotionally, she really goes that extra mile. Portuguese, which is Koorax's is primary language, is the language she embraces on memorable interpretations of "Vida," "Correnteza," "Amor Sem Adeus," "Menina Flor," and "Perdido de Amor." However, Koorax is equally convincing when she sings in English on "The Gentle Rain," "Almost in Love," "Non-Stop to Brazil," and "Say Goodbye." Some Bonfá treasures have both Portuguese and English lyrics; two examples are the haunting "Manhã de Carnaval" and the charming "Samba de Orfeu," both from the 1959 Brazilian film The Black Orpheus. Koorax probably would have excelled on "Happy Samba" (the English-language version of "Samba de Orfeu") or "A Day in the Life of a Fool" (the English-language version of "Manhã de Carnaval"), but she chooses the Portuguese lyrics instead and gives first-rate performances. Although many of these songs are standards, Koorax also unearths some treasures that haven't been heard as often - "Empty Glass," for example, is a lesser-known ballad that was written for Peggy Lee in the '60s. From well-known standards to overlooked gems, this superb CD is among Koorax's finest accomplishments.

Helena de Lima - Helena de Lima e a Banda da Policia Militar do Estado da Guanabara (1967)

I was talking with a great friend about Brazilian instrumental music. He said that at the 78 rpm age, the military bands had a great importance, releasing several records and were of a great help on the popularization of musical instruments, such as brass and percussion.

Remembering this conversation, zecalouro presents Helena de Lima - a great Brazilian singer, active from the early 50's until the mid 70's - and a renowned Brazilian military band, Banda da Policia Militar do Estado da Guanabara, which is still active with the name of Companhia de Músicos da Policia Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.

This LP landmark the first recording of a popular singer in front of a military band in Brazil, it will be very interest to see the great Helena de Lima, performing in front of a disciplined group of military musicians. Tracks include:

01 - Marcha da Quarta-feira de Cinzas (Vinicius de Moraes / Carlos Lyra)
02 - Aleluia de Um Imenso Amor (Silvino Neto)
03 - As Pastorinhas (João de Barro / Noel Rosa)
04 - Porta Estandarte (Geraldo Vandré / Fernando Lona)
05 - Fantasia (Haroldo Barbosa / Raul Mascarenhas)
06 - Noite dos Mascarados (Chico Buarque)
07 - Triste Fim dos Carnavais (Klécius Caldas)
08 - Ressurreição dos Velhos Carnavais (Lamartine Babo)
09 - Pequena Marcha Para Um Grande Amor (Juca Chaves)
10 - São Flores (Helena de Lima / Orlando Henriques)
11 - Pierrot de Cetim (Fernando César / João Leal Brito "britinho")
12 - Sonho de Pierrot (Luis Antônio)

Zimbo Trio e o Tom - Tributo a Tom Jobim, Volume 1 (1986)

zecalouro invites you to pick up each LP posted at Loronix to check if there is a Antonio Carlos Jobim composition. I do not know exactly how many, but easily more than 50% has at least a single song from Jobim. The Maestro is all around Brazilian music.

That's why we should never go wrong with a LP from the most exciting Brazilian ensembles ever, the mighty Zimbo Trio, with an album full dedicated to Antonio Carlos Jobim. This is a 1986 LP with Bossa Nova style, a record that is good from start to finish, a superb set, very well played by Zimbo Trio. I got the cover reissued by Victor, which is the best one among the several reissues available. Tracks include:

01 - Felicidade (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
02 - Chega de Saudade (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
03 - Wave (Tom Jobim)
04 - Garota de Ipanema (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
05 - Só Danço Samba (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
06 - Desafinado (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
07 - Triste (Tom Jobim)
08 - Samba de Uma Nota Só (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Leny Andrade - Registro (1979)

Welcome back to Loronix Mrs. Leny Andrade, now with Leny Andrade - Registro (1974), considered one of the best Leny's LPs dedicated to the genre where she makes her best: Samba Jazz.

It is amazing that Leny Andrade is very active today in Brazilian scene, making shows regularly and releasing nice CDs with Romero Lubambo. She is a great Brazilian diva that starts today another series of Brazilian divas posts at Loronix. zecalouro was missing the Brazilian Divas. Don't you? Tracks include:

01 - I Love You You Love Me (Durval Ferreira)
02 - Coisas Distantes (João Donato / João Gilberto / Lysias Ênio)
03 - Vai de Vez (Roberto Menescal / Luis Fernando Freire)
04 - Nós (Johnny Alf)
05 - "Homenagem a João Gilberto" - De Conversa Em Conversa (Lúcio Alves / Haroldo Barbosa) --- Tim Tim Por Tim Tim (Portinho / Wilson Falcão) --- Eu Quero Um Samba (Haroldo Barbosa / Janet de Almeida)
06 - Historinha da Bossa (Eumir Deodato / Athayde)
07 - Homenagem ao Malandro (Chico Buarque)
08 - Considerando (Edu Lobo / Capinan)
09 - Meu Canário Vizinho Azul (Toninho Horta)
10 - Registro (Durval Ferreira / Marcello Silva)
11 - Samba Nascimento Vida e Morte (Roberto Menescal / Silvio César)

Antonio Carlos & Jocafi - Mudei de Ideia (1971)

Antonio Carlos & Jocafi, nice Brazilian dudes who made a real noise in the 70's with several songs on top of the charts. I do not know who is Antonio Carlos and Jocafi at the picture, but if you were in Brazil in 1971 and 1972, you probably heard until get exausted their top hit, Voce Abusou, which is the opening track of their debut LP, Antonio Carlos & Jocafi - Mudei de Ideia (1971).

There are several crazy stories about this duet, I will tell you one: this song that never gets out of your head - Voce Abusou - got a tremendous success in France with the name of Fais comme l'oiseau and was adopted as the hmny by a French politica party. I cannot remember exactly which party, but the French composer who made the version did not give credits to Antonio Carlos & Jocafi. They went to court successfully against the French composer. I think you should not miss this release. Tracks include:

01 - Você Abusou (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi)
02 - Se Quiser Valer (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi)
03 - Kabaluerê (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi)
04 - Conceição da Praia (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi)
05 - Hipnose (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi)
06 - Mudei de Idéia (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi)
07 - Desacato (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi)
08 - Quem vem La (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi)
09 - Nord West (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi / Alberto Santos Pinheiro)
10 - Morte do Salve (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi / Ildásio Tavares)
11 - Deus o Salve (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi)
12 - Bonita (Antônio Carlos Marques / Jocafi)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Abel Ferreira e Seu Conjunto - Chorando Baixinho (1963)

Abel Ferreira, the legendary Brazilian Clarinetist, considered by many the major choro artist of all times. We have been in touch with the genre on several posts, but this is the first time a true choro LP is made available at Loronix. If you are not from Brazil or not used to choro, zecalouro strongly recommends this LP, that should be a unique experience. Unfortunately, personnel info is not available. AMG bio information follows. Tracks include:

01 - Chorando Baixinho (Abel Ferreira)
02 - Doce Melodia (Abel Ferreira)
03 - Saxofone Por Que Choras (Severino Rangel "Ratinho")
04 - Doce Mentira (Abel Ferreira)
05 - Sedutor (Carlito / Osvaldo Lyra)
06 - Ternura (Amaral Gurgel / Lyrio Panicali)
07 - Linda Flor Que Morreu (Capitão Furtado / Jota Soares)
08 - Pedacinho do Céu (Miguel Lima / Waldir Azevedo)
09 - É do Que Há (Luis Americano)
10 - Chorinho do Norte (Cirene Mendonça)
11 - Chorinho do Bruno (Abel Ferreira)
12 - Acariciando (Abel Ferreira / Lourival Faissal)

One of the most important names in the choro genre, Abel Ferreira had a noted career at the prestigious Rádio Nacional after playing in the orchestras of Vicente Paiva and Bené Nunes. At Rádio Nacional, he became widely known with the Turma do Sereno and the Escola de Danças. Between the '50s and the mid-'60s, he accumulated a good deal of international experience. Throughout that period, the choro genre showed a decrease of interest from audiences, but Ferreira managed to keep himself in good shape, ready to profit on the revival of choro in the '70s as one of the most important names. An excellent improviser, Ferreira had his best moments in recordings with the Cinco Companheiros (where he played with Pixinguinha, among others). His most successful compositions are the choros "Chorando Baixinho" and "Acariciando."

His musical studies began when he was around 12, on the clarinet. At 17, he moved to Belo Horizonte and included the alto and tenor saxes in his playing, starting to perform at Rádio Guarani. In 1935, he moved again, this time to São Paulo SP, where he joined the Maurício Cascapera Orchestra. He moved again to Uberaba MG, where he became the artistic director of a local radio station. In Poços de Caldas MG, he accompanied the sisters Aurora Miranda and Carmen Miranda in a show. Returning to Belo Horizonte, he played with J. França e sua Banda until 1937. In 1940, he performed in São Paulo SP, at the Rádio Tupi, playing later on the same outing with Pinheirinho e seu Regional. In 1941, he moved to Rio de Janeiro RJ, joining the Ferreira Filho e sua Orquestra, who used to play at the sophisticated Cassino da Urca. In the next year, he recorded his choro "Chorando Baixinho" and his valse "Vânia" for Columbia. In 1944, he recorded another version of his two first compositions with Claudionor Cruz e seu Regional. In 1945 and 1946 he played in the orchestras of Bené Nunes and Vicente Paiva. With these orchestras and his own group, formed in 1947, he accompanied the important singers of that period. In 1949, he was hired for Rádio Nacional as the leader of the Turma do Sereno, the name of the show (dedicated to an ancient repertory of modinhas, maxixes, valses, xotes, and polkas) and the group formed by virtuosi Irany Pinto (violin), João de Deus (flute), Sandoval Dias (clarone), Carlos Lentini, Rubem Bergman (violões, or acoustic guitars), and Waldemar de Melo (cavaquinho). In the same year, he played with the Rui Rei e sua Orquestra and recorded his choro "Acariciando" (with Lourival Faisal) for Todamérica. With Paulo Tapajós, he formed the Escola de Ritmos in 1952, who toured throughout Brazil. In 1954, he recorded the LP Jantar Dançante (Copacabana) and, in 1955, No Tempo do Cabaré. He toured Portugal in 1957, and in the following year, toured through several European countries and recorded the LP Os Brasileiros na Europa in the cultural mission that grouped himself alongside conductor Guio de Moraes, Sivuca, Trio Iraquitã, Dimas, and Pernambuco under the name Os Brasileiros. In 1960, he toured the U.S.A. with Bené Nunes, and, in the next year, toured Argentina with Waldir Azevedo. In 1964-1965, he toured Europe again, recording the album Abel Ferreira e Sua Turma. In 1968, he played in the then-U.S.S.R. and European countries. After the recording of Beth Carvalho's album Pra Seu Governo (Tapecar, 1970), he became the most requested accompanist for shows and recordings, also developing his own solo work in shows with trombonist Raul de Barros and clarinetist Copinha.

Os Sambacanas - Sucessos da Juventude em Tempo de Samba (1970)

Another nice cover on a LP that zecalouro does not have any kind of information about it. Meet Os Sambacanas - Sucessos da Juventude em Tempo de Samba (1970). This is not only about the cover, it is also a good blend of Samba rhythms with - as they say - "modern" tunes by this unknow group with psycho ambitions. The repertoire mix Beatles, Brazilian an some other foreign songs.

I have heard about a second LP from Os Sambacanas - Fly me to Brazil, but I could not gather more information as well. Tracks include:

1. Hey Jude (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
2. Fly Me To The Moon (B. Howard)
3. Romeu e Julieta (Romeo Und Julia) (H. Mayer / H. Bradtke)
4. Step Inside Love (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
5. Perto dos Olhos Longe do Coração (Dori Édson / Marcos Roberto)
6. Those Were The Days (G. Raskin)
7. Yesterday (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
8. Dalila (Delilah) (L. Reed / B. Mason)
9. E Por Isso Estou Aqui (Roberto Carlos)
10. Namoradinha de Um Amigo Meu (Roberto Carlos)

Luiz Eça - Piano e Cordas, Volume II (1970)

Luiz Eça is a frequent artist at Loronix as the leader of the mighty Bossa Nova Combo Tamba Trio and Tamba 4. This is the first Luiz Eça solo LP, the acclaimed Piano e Cordas, Volume II (1970). As the name suggests this is all about Luiz Eça Piano with an orchestra accompaniment (cordas).

I could not find personnel information for the orchestra. Piano e Cordas is arranged by Luiz Eça and produced by Roberto Menescal. Tracks include:

01 - Pra Dizer Adeus (Edu Lobo / Torquato Neto)
02 - 3 Minutos Para Um Aviso Importante (Luis Eça / Novelli)
03 - Daulphine (Luis Eça)
04 - Minha Namorada (Carlos Lyra / Vinicius de Moraes)
05 - Travessia (Milton Nascimento / Fernando Brant)
06 - O Homem Entre o Mar e a Terra (Dori Caymmi)
07 - Wave (Tom Jobim)
08 - Minha (Francis Hime / Ruy Guerra)
09 - Nosso Homem Em Três Pontas (Dori Caymmi)
10 - Preciso Aprender a Ser Só (Marcos Valle / Paulo Sergio Valle)
11 - Depois da Queda (Roberto Menescal)
12 - Duas Contas (Garoto)
13 - Oferecida (Luis Eça / Lenita Eça)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Os Farroupilhas - Gauchos na Cidade (1960)

The might Conjunto Farroupilhas is back to Loronix for the happiness of many and specially for Celio Schneider, the greatest Farroupilhas fan at Loronix. This is the second album Os Farroupilhas - Gauchos na Cidade (1960), with a repertoire of international songs and an Antonio Carlos Jobim / Dolores Duran track, the well-known Por Causa de Voce.

It will be really nice to check Os Farroupilhas singing songs in several languages, which includes a song in German. Tracks include:

01 - Por Causa de Você (Tom Jobim / Dolores Duran)
02 - Chanson D'amour (W. Shanklin)
03 - Muy Cerca de Ti (F. Gimenez / B. Molar)
04 - Ein Glaeschen Wein Und Du (Mueller / Verch)
05 - Tem Que Ter (Túlio Piva)
06 - Madrugada Llanera (J. V. Torrealba)
07 - Basta Un Poco Di Música (M. Marini / D. Calcagno)
08 - La Petite Valse (J. Heyne)
09 - Mr Lee (H. Dixon / H. Gathers / E. R. Pought / L. Weeb / J. Pought)
10 - Entrevero no Jacá (Barbosa Lessa / Danilo Vital)
11 - Liechtenteiner Polka (Kotscher / Lindt)
12 - Clases de Chá-chá-chá (R. Marques / S. Marmolejo)

Sergio Mendes - Dance Moderno (1962) - Debut LP

This is the acclaimed and never released in US Sergio Mendes debut LP, Sergio Mendes - Dance Moderno (1962). Mendes starts great with a very well selected repertoire and the accompaniment of great Brazilian musicians, such as: Ed Maciel (trombone), Durval Ferreira (guitar) and Bebeto (sax, flute and bass). Carlos Monteiro de Souza and Armando Pittigliani directed the set. Tracks include:

01 - Oba-lá-lá (João Gilberto)
02 - Love For Sale (Cole Porter)
03 - Tristeza de Nós Dois (Durval Ferreira / Maurício Einhorn / Bebeto)
04 - What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter)
05 - Olhou Para Mim (Ed Lincoln / Silvio César)
06 - Satin Doll (Duke Ellington)
07 - Tema Sem Palavras (Durval Ferreira / Maurício Einhorn)
08 - On Green Dolphin Street (N. Washington / B. Kaper)
09 - Outra Vez (Tom Jobim)
10 - Disa (Johnny Alf / Maurício Einhorn)
11 - Nica's Dream (Horace Silver)
12 - Diagonal (Durval Ferreira / Maurício Einhorn)

Monday, September 25, 2006

Os Saxsambistas Brasileiros - Saxsambando (1960)

I'm in doubt if Os Saxsambistas Brasileiros is a Brazilian instrumental band or an orchestra, but it is a real musical task force. This LP, Saxsambando is their 1960 debut. I have no additional info about them, but they have released another three LPs that are really hard to find and are really appreciated among brass players and Brazilian music fans and collectors. Personnel and track list are included, as follow:


Jaime Araújo de Oliveira, Laerte Gomes, Giuseppe Sergi and Jorge Ferreira da Silva "Jorginho"
(Sax Soprano)
Moacir Marques da Silva, Zé Bodega, Juares Assis de Araújo and Lourival Clementino de Souza
(Sax Tenor)
Aderbal Moreira and Genaldo Medeiros dos Santos
(Sax Baritono)
José Cláudio das Neves
Tião Marinho
Waltel Branco
Plinio Araújo de Oliveira
Milton Marçal, Bide e Pedro Melos dos Santos


01 - Teleco-teco Nº 2 (Nelsinho / Oldemar Magalhães)
02 - Samba de Uma Nota Só (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
03 - Faceira (Ary Barroso)
04 - Lá Vem a Baiana (Dorival Caymmi)
05 - Meditação (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
06 - Apito no Samba (Luis Bandeira)
07 - Rosa Morena (Dorival Caymmi)
08 - Chega de Saudade (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
09 - Se Acaso Você Chegasse (Lupicínio Rodrigues / Felisberto Martins)
10 - Desafinado (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
11 - É Luxo Só (Ary Barroso / Luis Peixoto)
12 - Menina Moça (Luis Antônio)

Walter Wanderley e Seu Conjunto - Sucessos Dançantes em Ritmo de Romance (1960)

This early Walter Wanderley - Sucessos Dancantes em Ritmo de Romance (1960) is very different from the mid and later works of this great Brazilian organist. This is the earliest Walter Wanderley solo LP that zecalouro made available at Loronix and it will be very nice to see how Walter Wanderley music has evolved since these first recordings to his well-known and celebrated production. Tracks include:

01 - E Daí (Proibição Inútil e Ilegal) (Miguel Gustavo)
02 - O Apito no Samba (Luis Bandeira)
03 - Gimba (Jorge Kaszas / Gianfrancesco Guarnieri)
04 - Io (Migliacci / Modugno)
05 - Baby Rock (Renato Carosone / Nisa)
06 - Quem É (Oldemar Magalhães / Osmar Navarro)
07 - Oh Carol (Greenfield / Neil Sedaka)
08 - Perfume de Gardenia (Rafael Hernandez)
09 - Quero Beijar-te as Mãos (Arcênio de Carvalho / Lourival Faissal)
10 - A Noite do Meu Bem (Dolores Duran)
11 - Fim de Caso (Dolores Duran)
12 - Castigo (Dolores Duran)

Quarteto Arpoador - Bossa no Castelinho (1963)

This nice instrumental LP, Quarteto Arpoador - Bossa no Castelinho (1963) was on waiting list for a long time, since I could not find information about it. Yesterday, with the help of a friend, I could understand that this LP is a reissue of a well-known record from Helio Mendes e Seu Trio Vagalume - Na Bossa.

So, take this record as another LP from Helio Mendes, that you had the chance to get along on a previous post with the record Week-End in Rio. zecalouro really appreciates this cover that shows a photo from the Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro with those nice colored umbrellas from the 60's. The music is also great. Quarteto Arpoador is Hélio Mendes (piano), Maurício de Oliveira (guitar), Betinho (drums) e Edílio (bass). Tracks include:

01 - Mas Que Nada (Jorge Ben "Jorge Benjor")
02 - Menina Feia (Oscar Castro Neves / Luvercy Fiorini)
03 - Vagamente (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Bôscoli)
04 - Influencia do Jazz (Carlos Lyra)
05 - Moça Flor (Durval Ferreira / Luis Fernando Freire)
06 - Vai de Vez (Roberto Menescal / Luis Fernando Freire)
07 - O Sapo (Jaime Silva / Neusa Teixeira)
08 - Bossa na Praia (Geraldo Cunha / Pery Ribeiro)
09 - Baiãozinho (Eumir Deodato)
10 - Amor de Nada (Marcos Valle / Paulo Sergio Valle)
11 - Ela É Carioca (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
12 - Rio (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Bôscoli)