Saturday, December 22, 2007

Dario Lopes - Guitarra em Nova Dimensao (1968)

Hello, good evening! I'm really proud to make available this album, the debut LP of a special musician that I had the chance to meet for the fist time today by a phone call. This is Dario Lopes, maestro, arranger, producer, guitarist, being also an important artist at TV Globo for more than thirty years as musician, composer and producer in charge of several TV Shows, such like: Roberto Carlos Especial, Fantastico, Chico Anysio Show, Os Trapalhoes, Video Show among many others. It is really nice when we have the chance to meet such important artist before showing one of his albums.

I would like to mention the great help given by Marcia Calmon and Tranka, which is the bassist of this album, by kindly sending Dario Lopes contact information. I will be with Dario tomorrow at his place, he lives close to me at Leme, Rio de Janeiro and my copy of Guitarra em Nova Dimensao will be my Christmas gift to our new friend Dario Lopes.

This is Dario - Guitarra em Nova Dimensao (1968), for Multisound, featuring Dario Lopes guitar, violao and viola in all tracks and the special participation of the legendary Tony Tornado at vocals and percussion. I had a lot of fun with Guitarra em Nova Dimensao this week, including zecalouro, now addicted with Dario Lopes instrumental rock renditions of a Brazilian repertoire based on Bossa Nova and international standards. I urge Loronixers to follow the purchase link bellow to reach Dario Lopes - Soft Guitar (2006), at Tracks include:


(guitar, violao, viola)
Tony Tornado
(vocals, percussion)

Track List

01 - De Como Um Garoto Apaixonado Perdoou Por Causa de Um dos Mandamentos (Nonato Buzar / Chico Anysio / Wilson Simonal)
02 - Solitário (Sebastian)
03 - Viver Por Viver (Francis Lai)
04 - Lapinha (Baden Powell / Paulo Cesar Pinheiro)
05 - Jalousie (V. Bloom / G. Gade)
06 - Viola Enluarada (Marcos Valle / Paulo Sergio Valle)
07 - Quero Lhe Dizer Cantando (R. Rayol / R. Correa)
08 - Samarina (Antonio Adolfo / Tiberio Gaspar)
09 - Eu e a Brisa (Johnny Alf)
10 - O Amor É Azul (Paul Mauriat)
11 - Não Posso Tirar os Olhos de Você (B. Crews / B. Gaudio)
12 - Lá Lá Lá (M. A. Arcusa / M. Lacelva)

Nara Leao - Abracos e Beijinhos e Carinhos sem ter Fim... (1984)

This year, Christmas follows immediately the weekend and I think it is a good idea to say Feliz Natal to our community right now, maybe friends will leave tomorrow morning for a big weekend and I would like to leave Loronix message sooner. I'm not good on saying Feliz Natal or Merry Christmas, so I'm asking zecalouro to do it. I'm also asking the help of Nara Leao to send everybody Abracos e Beijinhos e Carinhos sem ter Fim. Let's see.

This is Nara Leao - Abracos e Beijinhos e Carinhos sem ter Fim... (1984), for Philips, with late Nara Leao renditions to Bossa Nova standards, produced by Roberto Menescal, arranged by Cesar Camargo Mariano and also featuring the vocal group Ceu da Boca as special guest on track 08 - Telefone. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year. Tracks include:


Cesar Camargo Mariano
(keyboards, arrangements)
Roberto Menescal
Teo Lima
Jorjao Barreto

Track List

01 - Outra Vez (Tom Jobim)
02 - Eu Preciso de Você (Tom Jobim / Aloysio de Oliveira)
03 - Até Quem Sabe (João Donato / Lysias Ênio)
04 - Por Causa de Você (Tom Jobim / Dolores Duran)
05 - Lá Vem Você (João Donato / Lysias Ênio)
06 - Sublime Tortura (Bororó)
07 - Sabe Você (Carlos Lyra / Vinicius de Moraes)
08 - Telefone (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Bôscoli) with Céu da Boca
09 - Mágoa (Marino Pinto / Tom Jobim) Caminhos Cruzados (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
10 - Você e Eu (Carlos Lyra / Vinicius de Moraes)
11 - Este Seu Olhar (Tom Jobim)
12 - Wave (Tom Jobim)

Orquestra Armorial - Chamada (1975)

Hello, good evening! Loronix has different segments of audiences, or friends, as I like to call. Each group has a different purpose and a unique way to interact with the website. The biggest group, with more than 50% of share is the friends who just love the music from Brazil. Inside this big group, there are many sub-categories, perhaps one day we speak about these sub-categories, but let's approach the remaining groups. They are several; we have journalists, people who work for the entertainment industry, collectors, etc.

I want to homage today a very special group, with several good friends identified, a group of people that works outside of Brazil with the music of Brazil on colleges, universities and institutions. They are mainly academic researchers and they find at Loronix a place to get in touch with music and information they would never had the chance to reach using any other channel. The first album we made by Orquestra Armorial made some noise between this group of friends. I received several enthusiastic emails with compliments of making this really unique orchestra available and this post is to render my small homage to these nice and very serious friends that makes a very important work promoting the music from Brazil.

This is Orquestra Armorial - Chamada (1975), for Continental, the second Orquestra Armorial music, featuring awesome arrangements by Cussy de Almeida on top of traditional music from Brazil Northeast region. Tracks include:


Cussy de Almeida
(orchestra conductor, leader)
Cussy de Almeida, Brigitta Fassi Fihri, Ricardo Bussi, Benjamin Wolkoff, Cristina Bussi, Samuel Gegna
Frank Musick, Emílio Sobel
Marisa Johnson, José Carrion
Silvio Coelho
José Tavares do Amorim, Ivanildo Maciel da Silveira
José Gomes
Henrique Annes
(violao, viola sertaneja)
José Xavier da Silva
José Xavier da Silva, Antônio Revorêdo, Geraldo Fernandes Leite, Edilson Nóbrega da Silva

Track List

01 - Cipó Branco de Macaparana (Moenda do Engenho da Casa Grande) (Cussy de Almeida)
02 - Cantiga (Clóvis Pereira)
03 - Chamada Nº 1 (Cavalo Marinho) (Cussy de Almeida / Clóvis Pereira / Jarbas Maciel)
04 - Cantoria (José Tavares de Amorim)
05 - Chamada Nº 2 (A Pedra do Reino) (Jarbas Maciel)
06 - No Reino da Pedra Verde (Clóvis Pereira)
07 - Coco Praieiro (Marcus Accioly / Cussy de Almeida)
08 - Sem Lei Nem Rei - II (Capiba)
09 - Sem Lei Nem Rei - III (Capiba)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Marilia Medalha - Caminhada (1972)

Marilia Medalha started her career in the 60's, at the city of Niterio, Rio de Janeiro, performing with Sergio Mendes on local nightclubs. Later, she became an active performer on Festivais da Cancao, TV shows and recordings, working together with renowned Brazilian artists, such as: Edu Lobo, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Toquinho, Vinicius de Moraes, which is Marilia Medalha most frequent composer partner. In spite of this great start and the solid albums released in the late 60's, Marilia Medalha career did not evolve when entering the 70's, being this album one of her last ones. Let's see.

This is Marilia Medalha - Caminhada (1972), for RGE, featuring Marilia Medalha compositions blended with standards by Luiz Bonfa, Herivelto Martins, Humberto Teixeira and Avelino de Souza, which is the brother of zecalouro's grandfather. Rosinha de Valenca has a important participation as producer and arranger, delivering also her beautiful guitar player. Maestro Edson Frederico is in charge of strings arrangements. Tracks include:


Rosinha de Valenca
(violao, viola, arrangements)
Edson Frederico
(strings arrangements)
(piano, organ)
(sax tenor, flute)
Itibere Zwarg, Renato
Paulinho Astronauta
Chico Batera, Papete
Regional do Evandro

Track List

01 - Caminhemos (Herivelto Martins)
02 - Estrada Nova (Marília Medalha / Roberta Faro)
03 - Deus Me Perdoe (Lauro Maia / Humberto Teixeira)
04 - Perseguição (Carlos Maia / Avelino de Souza)
05 - Fim do Mundo (Fagner / Fausto Nilo)
06 - Amanheci (Marília Medalha / Roberta Faro)
07 - Água Escondida (Marília Medalha / Roberta Faro)
08 - De Cigarro Em Cigarrro (Luis Bonfá)
09 - O Primeiro Clarim (Rutinaldo / Klécius Caldas) Mortalha Fria (Marília Medalha / Antônio C. Falcão)
10 - Caminhada (Marília Medalha / Roberta Faro)
11 - Xaxado de Espantar Tristeza (Marília Medalha / Vinicius de Moraes)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Zaccarias e Seu Conjunto de Boite - Uma Noite no Country Club (1958)

Hello, good evening! Here we go on a truly amazing album recorded in 1958 by Maestro Zaccarias. This great cover features Zaccarias e Seu Conjunto de Boite at The Country Club of Rio de Janeiro, the most sophisticated club in Rio that is very hard to be admitted and with a very long list of really famous people barred in the entrance.

The Country Club already exists in Ipanema and I found today this awesome picture of Ipanema in the beginning of the last century, featuring the tennis courts of Country Club. Take a look how Ipanema was an empty place at the time; you can click the picture to get a larger version to see the courts and neighborhood details.

This is Zaccarias e Seu Conjunto de Boite - Uma Noite no Country Club (1958), for Columbia. If it is almost impossible to get inside the Country Club, at least we can check this picture with Cristo Redentor rising on the background and also listen to the music performed there in 1958 by Maestro Zaccarias and his group of top-notch musicians. Zaccarias had a contract with Country Club to perform every Sunday night with his Conjunto, featuring the legendary pianist Fats Elpidio, the bassist Bill and the drummer Romeu. In this session, they had also the participation of the special guests the pistonist Maurilio and Barao at the rhythm section. I think no one should skip this one. Tracks include:


Maestro Zaccarias
(clarinet, vocal)
Fats Elpidio
(drums. vocal)


Track List

01 - Agora É Cinza (Alcebíades Barcelos "Bide" / Armando "Marçal")
02 - Rio de Janeiro (Ary Barroso)
03 - Na Aldeia (Alberto Dias "Carusinho" / Silvio Caldas / De Chocolat)
04 - Barracão (Luis Antônio / Teixeira)
05 - Exaltação à Mangueira (Enéas Brites da Silva / Aloísio Augusto da Costa)
06 - Faceira (Ary Barroso)
07 - The Party's Over (B. Comdon / A. Green / Styne) Ruby (M. Parish / H. Roenheld) Laura (J. Mercer / David Raskin)
08 - Lullaby Of Birdland (G. Shearing)
09 - The Song Is You (O. Hammerstein II / Kern) Ebb Tide (R. Maxwell / C. Sigman) Unforgettable (I. Gordon)
10 - The Lady Is a Tramp (L. Hart / R. Rodgers) Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter)

Dick Farney e Quinteto - Jazz Festival Nr. 1 | Jam Session (1956)

Dick Farney is an artist that has the preference of many Loronixers. I think everybody had already the chance of taking one of his albums available at Loronix with Dick Farney performing as an instrumentalist or singing. He was very active on recordings, with more than 150 albums on a career that spans decades, starting in the mid 40's and ending in the late 80's. Dick Farney recorded 5 albums in the 10-inch format and I got really surprised today when I realize this is the first in the format made available at Loronix. I think this release will make the day of many friends, especially cvllos, which is the greatest Dick Farney fan I have ever seen. Let's see.

This is Dick Farney e Quinteto - Jazz Festival Nr. 1 | Jam Session (1956), for RGE, recorded live at Teatro de Cultura Artistica, Sao Paulo as part of Primeiro Festival Brasileiro de Jazz, organized by Jazz Club de Sao Paulo. Dick Farney e Quinteto line-up the same musicians available at the acclaimed Jazz After Midnight (1956), featuring, Dick Farney, Case, Rubinho, Choo Viana and Ismael Campiglia, credited as an amateur musician. So far, I could not identify each instrument Ismael Campiglia plays. Jazz Festival Nr. 1 is a short session, limited by the size of the 10-inch format, but is great music with a great performance by the legendary Case on sax. Tracks include:


Dick Farney
Shoo Viana
Ismael Campiglia

Track List

01 - Pennies From Heaven (J. Burke / A. Johnson)
02 - Blues
03 - Out Of Nowhere (D. Heyman / J. Green)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Pedroca, Seu Piston e Seu Conjunto - Atendendo a Pedidos... (1959)

Hello, good evening! It is very hard to track down information about artists that everybody knows and it is, in theory, impossible to find information about artists that we never heard about. This is what happens with Pedroca, a Brazilian piston player that I had the chance to listen for the first time this week. As far I could search, Pedroca was active on recordings since his first 78 rpm for Todamerica in 1950 until his last known album, which is this one, recorded in 1959. Let's see.

This is Pedroca, Seu Piston e Seu Conjunto - Atendendo a Pedidos... (1959), for Sinter, featuring Pedroca performing a repertoire of Brazilian and international standards, including a nice rendition of Raul de Barros Na Gloria. Atendendo a Pedidos... stays in the middle of a Para Dancar and a Gafieira LP with very nice piston player by Pedroca. I don't need to say this cover artwork is really fantastic; let's keep the pace of beautiful covers today, such as we did yesterday. Tracks include:

01 - Chega de Saudade (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
02 - Prece de Amor (René Bittencourt)
03 - Que Te Parece (Julio Gutierrez)
04 - Prece (Vadico / Marino Pinto)
05 - Mambo Jambo (Perez Prado)
06 - Sé Muy Bien Que Vendrás (A. Nuñez)
07 - Pecado (Pontier / Francini / Bahar)
08 - Samba Que Eu Quero Ver (Djalma Ferreira / João de Barro)
09 - Love Me Forever (G. Lynes / B. Guthrie)
10 - Cancion Del Alma (R. Hernandez)
11 - Na Glória (Ari dos Santos / Raul de Barros)
12 - Lamento (Djalma Ferreira / Luis Antônio)

Fagner - Quem Viver Chorara (1978)

This is at least an unusual release to Loronix, but I think this album is really worth checking out. There are much of my personal preferences on my decision to make available this really nice record that as far as I could check, never had a CD reissue. Raimundo Fagner, or Fagner, was very important on my background as an amateur musician and if you woke up this morning with an inquisitive mind, this is the right pick to get something really different from everything you have heard before at Loronix. Let's see.

This is Fagner - Quem Viver Chorara (1978), for Columbia, produced and arranged by Fagner. I wrote, "arranged by Fagner" and this is what makes this album a wonderful experience. Quem Viver Chorara is the kind of album that you can listen by the arrangements, very well done by Fagner. On every different spin you make there is new think that you did not realize it was there before. The album opens with Revelacao, a blockbuster that everybody in Brazil will remember at the fist seconds by the amazing guitar of Robertinho de Recife, don't let this first commercial track cheats you, from the second song until the end, everything turns beautiful, professional and very well played by a constellation of musicians in this session. I urge Loronixers to feedback this release. Tracks include:


(voice, organ, piano, violao, percussion, arrangements)
Chico Batera
(drums, percussion)
Ife, Ozias
(viola, cavaquinho)
Robertinho de Recife
Dino 7 Cordas
(violao 7 cordas)
Pedro Soler
(guitarra flamenca)

Track List

01 - Revelação (Clodô / Clésio)
02 - Jura Secreta (Sueli Costa / Abel Silva)
03 - Acalanto Para Um Punhal (Robertinho de Recife / Herman Torres / Fausto Nilo)
04 - Punhal de Prata (Alceu Valença) with Alceu Valença
05 - As Rosas Não Falam (Cartola)
06 - Quem me Levara Sou Eu (Dominguinhos / Manduca)
07 - Pelo Vinho e Pelo Pão (Zé Ramalho)
08 - Cigano (Fagner)
09 - Quem Viver Chorará (Fagner) Instrumental

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Nilo Sergio, As Estrelas & Leo Peracchi e Sua Orquestra - Datas Felizes (1953) | 10-inch

Hello, good evening! Christmas is coming really fast this year and such like last year; Loronixers are sending their Christmas albums to our community. Here we go on another one, not exactly a Christmas album, but a all-in-one celebration album to other dates. Let's see.

This is Nilo Sergio, As Estrelas & Leo Peracchi e Sua Orquestra - Datas Felizes (1953), for Musidisc, courtesy Mauro R.V. the great Para Dancar contributor now delivering not only a given Christmas album, but the first Musidisc LP as M-001. Thanks for this one, Mauro. Datas Felizes features well-known Christmas songs and Nilo Sergio compositions, released for the first time with this album. Tracks include:

01 - Natal (Nilo Sergio)
02 - Aniversáiro de Mamãe (Alberto Ribeiro / Nilo Sergio)
03 - Canção da Páscoa (Alberto Ribeiro / Nilo Sergio)
04 - Papai Noel (Alberto Ribeiro)
05 - Canção de Aniversário (José Maria de Abreu / Alberto Ribeiro)
06 - Parabéns a Você (M. J. Hill / Vrs. Nilo Sergio)
07 - Aniversário de Casamento (Ivanovici / Lourival Faissal)
08 - Canção dos Namorados (Alberto Ribeiro / Nilo Sergio)

Manfredo e Seu Conjunto - Bossa Nova Nova Bossa (1963)

I was really decided to make a classic Samba Jazz album as the last post of the day and I hope my choice will make Loronix friends really pleased. It has been a while since we made available an album by Manfredo Fest, a gifted pianist that released several albums in the style in the 60's. Bossa Nova Nova Bossa features Manfredo Fest with a Conjunto, not as a traditional trio, and accompanied by great musicians. This album was first made available with the help of Low Cost Music and now comes back to Loronix as it is no longer commercially available. Let's see.

This is Manfredo e Seu Conjunto - Bossa Nova Nova Bossa (1963), for RGE, one of the earliest Manfredo Fest releases featuring a repertoire of Bossa Nova standards performed in Samba Jazz style. In this session Manfredo Fest plays piano, sax and organ, being also in charge of arrangements. Toninho Pinheiro, Hector Costita, Clayber and Os Titulares do Ritmo are Conjunto members, as described on personnel listing. Tracks include:


Manfredo Fest
(organ, piano, sax, arrangements)
Toninho Pinheiro
Hector Costita
(sax, flute)
Os Titulares do Ritmo

Track List

01 - Garota de Ipanema (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
02 - Batida Diferente (Durval Ferreira / Maurício Einhorn)
03 - Nós e o Mar (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Bôscoli)
04 - Eu Sou Feliz (Lili Galiteri Fest)
05 - O Amor Que Acabou (Durval Ferreira)
06 - Bossa na Praia (Pery Ribeiro / Geraldo Cunha)
07 - Minha Saudade (João Donato)
08 - Bossa no Choro (Manfredo Fest)
09 - Outra Vez (Tom Jobim)
10 - Ah Se Eu Pudesse (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Bôscoli)
11 - Olhou Pra Mim (Silvio César)
12 - Você e Eu (Carlos Lyra / Vinicius de Moraes)

Claudio Santoro - Preludios e Cancoes de Amor (1989)

Hello, good evening! Let's start today showing a tribute album released by Coca Cola company to an artist never approached before at Loronix, which is Maestro Claudio Santoro, a very important musician that influenced renowned Brazilian popular artists, such like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Radames Gnattali. Claudio Santoro was a very prolific composer, leaving nine symphonies, three piano concertos and seven string quartets. He died in the city of Brasilia on the March 1989, while conducting the rehearsal of an orchestra. I urge Loronixers to visit the official Claudio Santoro website, owned and maintained by Alessandro Santoro, it truly one of the best tribute website I have ever seen to a musician, featuring both Portuguese and English section, at

This is Claudio Santoro - Preludios e Cancoes de Amor (1989), sponsored by Coca Cola company and never made available commercially, only distributed to customers as part of 1989 Christmas celebrations. Gilson Peranzzetta plays piano and leads a constellation of Brazilian musicians to perform ten Claudio Santoro compositions, such as Oscar Castro Neves, Quarteto em Cy, Boca Livre, Jacques Morelenbaum, among others. The back cover brings liner notes by Maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim. Tracks include:


Gilson Peranzzetta
Oscar Castro Neves
Jacques Morelenbaum
Sizao Machado
Ze Nogueira

Quarteto em Cy

Boca Livre
Ze Renato
Lourenco Baeta
Mauricio Maestro
David Tygel

Track List

1. Prelúdio Nº 3 (Cláudio Santoro)
2. Amor Em Lágrimas (Cláudio Santoro / Vinicius de Moraes) with Quarteto Em Cy / Boca Livre
3. Prelúdio Nº 12 (Cláudio Santoro)
4. Cantiga do Ausente (Cláudio Santoro / Vinicius de Moraes) with Quarteto Em Cy
5. Prelúdio Nº 2 (Cláudio Santoro)
6. Prelúdio Nº 6 (Cláudio Santoro)
7. Acalanto da Rosa (Cláudio Santoro / Vinicius de Moraes) with Quarteto Em Cy / Boca Livre
8. Prelúdio Nº 1 (Cláudio Santoro)
9. Luar de Meu Bem (Cláudio Santoro / Vinicius de Moraes) with Quarteto Em Cy / Boca Livre
10. Prelúdio Nº 5 (Cláudio Santoro)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Elizeth Cardoso & Cyro Monteiro - A Bossa Eterna de Elizeth e Cyro (1966)

We spent a time today talking about each other preferences on Brazilian music and singers and I did not get surprised to hear from friends that Elizeth Cardoso is a favorite singer of everybody. People also says that Loronix was of a great help to drive attention to Elizeth and create a new demand and from my point of view, this is truly awesome. I include myself on this category, before Loronix I had a great respect for the Divina and now I'm a big fan. I could not make different today, except closing this beautiful Sunday with the great Elizeth Cardoso and Cyro Monteiro. Let's see.

This is Elizeth Cardoso & Cyro Monteiro - A Bossa Eterna de Elizeth e Cyro (1966), for Copacabana, with Elizeth Cardoso, Cyro Monteiro and O Regional do Caculinha, performing in the repertoire of their Bossaudade TV show. If this Bossaudade TV show presented by the duo had the same atmosphere of this album, it should be a really great entertainment, the performances are great and Caculinha delivers a nice accompaniment with his Regional, making another Elizeth Cardoso album that really worth checking out. Now I understand why AdHoc has been requesting this album for such a long time. Tracks include:

01 - Nega (Waldemar Gomes / Afonso Teixeira) - Faço Um Lê Lê Lê (Luis Reis / Haroldo Barbosa) - Dance Mais Um Bocado (Henricão / Príncipe Pretinho) - Deixa Andar (Jujuba) - Já Vai (Rubens Campos / Duba)
02 - Melancolia (Denis Brean)
03 - Franqueza (Denis Brean / Osvaldo Guilherme)
04 - Primeiro Amor (Ismael Silva / Nilton Bastos) - Fui Louco (Alcebíades Barcelos "Bide") - Nem É Bom Falar (Ismael Silva / Francisco Alves / Nilton Bastos) - Mágoas de Um Vagabundo (Walfrido Silva / Osvaldo Silva) - Tenha Pena de Mim (Ai Meu Deus) (Babaú / Ciro de Souza) - Vai Haver Barulho no Chatô (Walfrido Silva / Noel Rosa) - Vitória (Romualdo Peixoto "Nonô" / Noel Rosa) - Pela Primeira Vez (Cristóvão de Alencar / Noel Rosa) - Até Amanhã (Noel Rosa)
05 - O Que É Que Eu Dou (Dorival Caymmi / Antônio Almeida) - Não Ponha a Mão (Bucy Moreira / Mutt / Arnô Canegal) - Morena Boca de Ouro (Ary Barroso) - Eu Sou Manhoso (Vicente Paiva) - Mulata Assanhada (Ataulfo Alves)
06 - Beija-me (Roberto Martins / Mário Rossi)
07 - Se Acaso Você Chegasse (Lupicínio Rodrigues / Felisberto Martins)
08 - Tem Que Rebolar (Magno de Oliveira / José Batista)

Walter Franco - Vela Aberta (1980)

Hello, good evening! I spent a great afternoon today with the very good friends of Jobimaniacos, which is a very active community of Maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim fans at Orkut, the most popular social network website in Brazil. They were celebrating the end of 2007 and I was invited to participate. We spoke about several things and I received several requests that I will try to address in the forthcoming days.

Anyway, I would like to start with this one, requested by the great Irinea, wife of Luiz Moreno, drummer of the Brazilian progressive band O Terco. Irinea was looking for a Walter Franco album that has O Terco as accompaniment group. I thought it was this one and I'm still in doubt about it since Vela Aberta brings Sergio Hinds, O Terco guitarist. Forgive me Irinea if I'm wrong, but this album is really worth checking and Walter Franco is also an awaited artist that never had an album made available at Loronix. Let's see.

This is Walter Franco - Vela Aberta (1980), for Epic/Columbia, the forth album of this unique singer, composer and musician that always makes challenging records, blending different styles and bringing several different influences. Vela Aberta is not an exception, it is an album that you will need several spins until you get used to it. Let's use comments section to feedback the first Walter Franco release at Loronix. Tracks include:


Sergio Hinds, Elias Almeida
Bira da Silva, Luiz Guilherme Rabello
Pedro Ivo Lunardi
Luiz Guilherme Rabello
Eduardo Assad
(keyboards, arrangements)
Arlindo Bonadio, Severino Gomes da Silva
Felpudo, Settimo Paioletti

Track List

01 - Vela Aberta (Walter Franco / Cid Franco)
02 - O Dia do Criador (Walter Franco)
03 - Canalha (Walter Franco)
04 - Corpo Luminoso (Walter Franco / Regis Bonvicino)
05 - Divindade (Walter Franco)
06 - Tire os Pés do Chão (Walter Franco)
07 - Como Tem Passado (Walter Franco)
08 - Feito Gente (Walter Franco)
09 - Me Deixe Mudo (Walter Franco)
10 - Bicho de Pelúcia (Walter Franco / Sergio Pinto de Almeida)
11 - O Blues É Azul (Walter Franco)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Chico Buarque - Meus Caros Amigos (1976)

Here we have a truly awesome album, easily on any top ten listing of Brazilian popular music records from the 70's. I had a great time listening Meus Caros Amigos today, and it was not necessary to spin it to remember theses songs, they were all inside my head, including arrangements. It is also unbelievable that has gone out of print at Loronix does not have much from Chico Buarque and I'm really happy to include this fantastic album on our archives.

This is Chico Buarque - Meus Caros Amigos (1976), for Philips. It is not necessary to understand Portuguese to get the most from this album, recorded while Chico Buarque was exiled from Brazil and brings a strong and very intelligent dissatisfaction message to Brazilian dictatorship government of that time. This is the kind of album where everything really goes right, from the repertoire selection to the arrangements in charge of Francis Hime, Luiz Claudio Ramos and Perinho Albuquerque, leading a constellation of Brazilian musicians. Tracks include:


Francis Hime
(arrangements, piano)
Luiz Claudio Ramos
(arrangements, violao, viola)
Antonio Adolfo
Arthur Verocai
Luizao, Sergio Barroso, Moacir Albuquerque
Elber Bedack, Papao, Eneas Costa
Aureo, Ariovaldo, Hermes, Djalma Correa, Conjunto Cream Crackers
Jorginho, Celso, Franklin
Swab, Toninho
Ze Bodega, Luiz Andrade
Formiga, Darey, Hamilton, Heraldo
Maciel, Joao Luiz, Flamarion
Luiz Andrade
(sax tenor)
(sax alto)
(sax baritone)
Dino 7 Cordas
(violao 7 cordas)
Altamiro Carrilho
Abel Ferreira
(pandeiro, reco-reco)

Track List

01 - O Que Será (À Flor da Terra) (Chico Buarque) with Milton Nascimento
02 - Mulheres de Atenas (Chico Buarque / Augusto Boal)
03 - Olhos nos Olhos (Chico Buarque)
04 - Você Vai Me Seguir (Chico Buarque / Ruy Guerra)
05 - Vai Trabalhar Vagabundo (Chico Buarque)
06 - Corrente (Chico Buarque)
07 - A Noiva da Cidade (Chico Buarque / Francis Hime)
08 - Passaredo (Chico Buarque / Francis Hime)
09 - Basta Um Dia (Chico Buarque)
10 - Meu Caro Amigo (Chico Buarque / Francis Hime)