Saturday, May 31, 2008

Nara Leao - Meu Primeiro Amor (1975)

Hello, good evening! There are confusing week and others that are dominated by stagnation and calm, and this one was really confusing. Additionally, it is raining in Rio de Janeiro and the weather starts getting cold. I came home with an idea in mind to listen this Nara Leao album, which is one that I never had the chance to hear before. A first and single listen is not enough to guarantee, but I think we have hear a very solid listen. Meu Primeiro Amor was recorded just before the acclaimed Bossa Nova album Dez Anos Depois, considered by many one of the best Nara Leao releases and both are completely different from each other. Let's see.

This is Nara Leao - Meu Primeiro Amor (1975), for Philips, featuring Nara Leao performing an unusual repertoire made of folklore and child songs, which is something that Nara Leao defines very well at Meu Primeiro Amor back cover, reproduced here and also available inside the music, great and sweet music that you cannot miss to start a very good weekend. Tracks include:

"Este disco é como se um círculo se fechasse. O meu disco de Bossa Nova, "Dez Anos Depois," que fiz em Paris, já foi uma espécie de pazes comigo mesma. Agora continuo meu caminho de volta e de reencontro. "Meu primeiro amor" é o pai e a mãe da gente; depois, o primeiro amor de adolescente; até o novo primeiro amor, o dos meus filhos, e o amor deles pela mãe, que também é o primeiro. E assim o círculo se fecha. São estas as músicas que canto para Francisco e Isabel dormirem. Depois de ter esgotado meu repertório cantando tudo que sabia, fui buscar na minha memória esse novo velho. "Meu primeiro amor" é Patricio Teixeira, primeiro professor de violão; é João Gilberto, que ensinou a gente a cantar; é Tom Jobim, que mostrou o que devia ser feito e nos deu a esperança de um caminho; é Vinicius, que transpôs a poesia brasileira para a canção, numa época em que fazer samba era "coisa de marginal" é Paulo Borges, que ensinou que música brasileira não era só a que tocava no rádio e que tinha um ranço sempre estrangeiro; é Breno Ferreira, com suas serestas ao luar claro de Barra do Pirai; é Elton Borges, que cedo foi-se embora, como Newton Mendonça; é o. Menescal, que participou de quase tudo junto comigo e curtiu esse disco como se fosse seu próprio. Eu dedico "Meu primeiro amor' a toda essa gente e principalmente a meu pai e minha mãe." Nara Leão


Antonio Adolfo
Luiz Claudio Ramos
Paulinho Braga
Sergio Barroso, Gabriel Jorge Bahia
Hermes Contensini
Wilson das Neves
Ze Menezes
(cavaquinho, viola caipira, bandolim)
Dino 7 Cordas
(violao 7 cordas)
Jorginho da Flauta
Chiquinho do Acordeon
Dom Chacal
Zenio de Alencar

Track List

01 - Atirei Um Pau no Gato (Tradicional)
02 - Marcha dos Gafanhotos (Roberto Martins / Eratóstenes Frazão)
03 - Canta Maria (Ary Barroso)
04 - Sabiá Laranjeira (Milton de Oliveira / Max Bulhões) Andorinha Preta (Breno Ferreira)
05 - Menino de Braçanã (Luis Vieira / Arnaldo Passos)
06 - Trevo de Quatro Folhas (I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover) (Dixon / Woods / Vrs. Nilo Sergio)
07 - Fiz a Cama na Varanda (Dilú Mello / Ovídio Chaves) Prenda Minha (Tradicional)
08 - Colar de Estrelas (Breno Ferreira)
09 - Casinha Pequenina (Tradicional)
10 - Cabecinha no Ombro (Paulo Borges)
11 - Upa Upa (Meu Trolinho) (Ary Barroso)
12 - A Saudade Mata a Gente (Antônio Almeida / João de Barro)
13 - Meu Primeiro Amor (Lejania) (Gimenez / Vrs. José Fortuna / Vrs. Pinheirinho Jr.)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sivuca & Guitars Unlimited - Let's Vamos (1987)

Hello, good evening! I’m very tired today. It was one of those hard days that started very early and finished in the middle of the night. In the other hand, I’m now with that feeling of duty accomplished with several small advances. Although tired, I cannot skip the music scheduled for today at Loronix, which is another nice contribution sponsored by Jorge Mello and one of a few albums he said it was a winner. Let’s see.

This is Sivuca & Guitars Unlimited – Let’s Vamos (1987), for RGE, a Sivuca international collaboration with the legendary guitar duo Guitars Unlimited from Sweeden, lead by Ulf Wakenius. This is one of those albums were everything was works fine, the combination of guitar and accordion is really exciting and the friends of Guitars Unlimited are truly awesome musicians. Peter Almqvist is the other member of Guitars Unlimited. The session also had the participation of Glorinha Gadelha, Luizao and Fernando Pereira, a small group and a GREAT sound. Tracks include:



Guitars Unlimited
Ulf Wakenius, Peter Almqvist

Glorinha Gadelha
Fernando Pereira
(drums, percussion)

Track List

01 - Coisa Nº 10 (Moacir Santos)
02 - Vassourinhas (Mathias da Rocha / Joana Batista Ramos)
03 - Chorinho Pra Ele (Hermeto Pascoal)
04 - Trem Caipira (Villa-Lobos)
05 - Cheirinho de Mulher (Glória Gadelha / Sivuca)
06 - Noites Cariocas (Jacob do Bandolim)
07 - Cada Um Torce Como Pode (Sivuca)
08 - Tequila Sunrise (Ulf Wakenius)
09 - Nilopolitana (Dominguinhos)
10 - Xorinho Com X (Fernando O. da Costa Maia / Luizao Maia)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Al Newman e Seu Conjunto - Club dos 7 (1963)

Hello, good evening! It has been a while since only one daily album is being released at Loronix. This is not something planned in advance, but the result of the busy working days I’m facing over these days. I think our community is pleased with this new modus operandi. I have not received any negative feedback, and some friends wrote back saying that is better and easier to track Loronix daily.

However, there are important editorial issues to be resolved. One of those issues is the absence of some styles, especially the albums made for dancing, commonly known as "Para Dancar”. This post is to address wants and needs of “Para Dancar” admires and brings several characteristics of a “Para Dancar” album. Let’s see.

This is Al Newman e Seu Conjunto – Club dos 7 (1962), for SOM, which is a subsidiary of the legendary Copacabana label. You may have noticed, but that cover is made of fabric, the first in the style at Loronix, and as I said earlier, Club dos 7 is an authentic “Para Dancar” album, featuring the obscure Al Newman, probably a well-known musician acting with a fancy name. Al Newman and his Conjunto deliver a mixture of Brazilian and foreign songs, including and other “Para Dancar” rhythms, such like Merengue, Bolero, Calypso-Rock (?), Twist and Cha-Cha-Cha. I could not identify which instrument plays Al Newman and even who exactly is Al Newman, Mysteries that make the Club dos 7 a classical “Para Dancar” album. Tracks include:

01 - Ôba (Oswaldo Nunes)
02 - O Engraxate (Luis Antônio)
03 - Mi Amor (Mariah Brito / Mário Barcelos)
04 - Deixa Andar (Jujuba)
05 - Eu Já Fiz Tudo (Romeo Nunes / Almeida Serra)
06 - Ninguém Gostou Tanto de Alguém Como Eu Gosto de Ti (Waldir Machado)
07 - Crying (Roy Orbison / J. Melson)
08 - Runaround Sue (E. Maresca / Di Mucci)
09 - The Pepermint Twist (J. Dee / H. Glover)
10 - Las Secretarias (Pepe Luis)
11 - Quem Eu Quero Não Me Quer (Raul Sampaio / Ivo Santos)
12 - Fica Comigo Esta Noite (Adelino Moreira / Nelson Gonçalves)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jorge Ben - A Tábua de Esmeralda (1974)

Hello, good evening! Everybody was right saying that A Tabua de Esmeralda is Jorge Bem’s Masterpiece. I confess that I heard this album for the first time today and I’m really impressed. I’m also impressed with everything I read today about this album and I decided to make something different showing a selection of these messages to our community, they explains A Tabua de Esmeralda better than I could make on my best days. Let’s see. and Rate your Music statements.

To me, he is the single greatest musician songwriter in the world that ever was. His sound is utterly unique and majestic, rhythmic, soulfull, spiritual, poetic, perfect. Perfect. Nothing is perfect. Except his music. The only perfect thing in an imperfect universe. (musiclover,

Beautiful. Breathtaking. Memorable. Highly creative. Just an absolutely wonderful album. (tommo, Rate Your Music)

This is one of the most beautiful Jorge Ben albums of all time. I can't believe it is almost 28 years old! I have yet to explain how some things in life can be just so perfect. (Crued,

I'm new to Brazillian music that isn't by Sepultura, but from what I've heard so far, Jorge Ben is the definitive artist of the genre of samba. (Trashisawesome, Rate Your Music)

Simply, this CD transcend the frontiers of music. Perfect in musical content and in spiritual force, Tábua De Esmeralda is just a master piece! (Felipe Borelli Filho,

This is perhaps the most organic album I've ever experienced, and among those select few records by which 'experience' is a more accurate verb than 'listen'. (londonrain, Rate Your Music)

Ben's best. A groovy masterpiece. (bborela, Rate Your Music)

Track List

01 - Os Alquimistas Estão Chegando os Alquimistas (Jorge Ben)
02 - O Homem da Gravata Florida (Jorge Ben)
03 - Errare Humanun Est (Jorge Ben)
04 - Menina Mulher da Pele Preta (Jorge Ben)
05 - Eu Vou Torcer (Jorge Ben)
06 - Magnólia (Jorge Ben)
07 - Minha Teimosia Uma Arma Pra Te Conquistar (Jorge Ben)
08 - Zumbi (Jorge Ben)
09 - Brother (Jorge Ben)
10 - O Namorado da Viúva (Jorge Ben)
11 - Hermes Trismegisto e Sua Celeste Tábua de Esmeralda (Jorge Ben / Fulcanelli)
12 - Cinco Minutos (Jorge Ben)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Os Cariocas - Mais Bossa com Os Cariocas (1963)

How I like this album! And I'm sad to know it is time to send it back to his owner, which is our friend Jose Matos and his last contribution of a small and really solid set including the previous released Luiz Carlos Vinhas - Novas Estruturas and the acclaimed Lenita Bruno - Por Toda a Minha Vida, with participation of Maestro Leo Peracchi. Jose Matos is also a great vinyl keeper, Mais Bossa com Os Cariocas was released in 1963 and his copy is near mint. Let's see.

This is Os Cariocas - Mais Bossa com Os Cariocas (1963), for Philips, featuring Os Cariocas second LP for Philips on their glory Bossa Nova years, where six albums where released from 1962 until 1967. Several Bossa Nova tunes were recorded on these six albums and most of them are still considered the best renditions of most of these songs. My highlight goes to the track listed at Loronix Preview Center 01 - Telefone (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Boscoli). Tracks include:


Severino Filho
(piano, arrangements, vocal)
(violao, vocal)
Luiz Roberto
(bass, vocal)
(drums, vocal)

Track List

01 - Telefone (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Bôscoli)
02 - Vamos amar (Marcos Valle / Edu Lobo)
03 - Cartão de visita (Carlos Lyra / Vinícius de Moraes)
04 - Vivo sonhando (Tom Jobim)
05 - O céu é você (Luiz Berria / Maria Helena Toledo)
06 - Amorzinho diferente (Durval Ferreira / Luis Fernando Freire)
07 - Tem dó (Baden Powell / Vinícius de Moraes)
08 - Amor de nada (Marcos Valle / Paulo Sergio Valle)
09 - Ela é carioca (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
10 - Também quem mandou (Carlos Lyra / Vinícius de Moraes)
11 - Insensatez (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
12 - Só quis você (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Bôscoli)

Challenge | Who are they?

This is a nice picture featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes in their Orfeu da Conceicao days, probably 1956 or 1957 and your mission is to identify who are the others. The guy is pretty easy, but the girl...

Hope uEnjoy!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Raul de Souza - Til Tomorrow Comes (1979)

I said yesterday that we would have Samba albums today, but I changed my mind to show a Raul de Souza album that never had a CD reissue. Although not a Samba album, Til Tomorrow Comes will make you kick around the house, since it seeks harmony with the moment experience by the music in the late 70’s, especially in the year of 1979, where disco music dominated the charts in US and abroad. This is essentially a disco music album, it has nothing to do with jazz, and it is very important to understand this concept before jumping into it. Let’s see.

This is Raul de Souza – Til Tomorrow Comes (1979), for Capitol, the third out of three albums released by Raulzinho at Capitol, following the acclaimed Sweet Lucy and Don’t Ask My Neighbors, both produced by George Duke and also never released in CD. Actually, George Duke’s production is what differs Til Tomorrow Comes, produced by Arthur Wright, which is probably responsible for this first and only Raul de Souza disco music experience. Personnel listing features only American musicians with a single and very important exception, Maestro Moacir Santos playing sax with no individual track credits. Tracks include:


James Gadson, Edward Greene
David T. Walker, Greg Poree, Arthur Wright
Greg Phillingaines, Alan Oldfield
Alan Oldfield
Clarence "Butch" Robinson, Eddie "Bongo" Brown
(congas, bongos)
Raul de Souza
(trombone, percussion)
Willian Green, Ernie Fields, Moacir Santos
Leslie Dreayton, Bobby Bryant Sr.
Maurice Spears, Donald Cooke, Lou McCreary
Bonita Wilson, Lynn B. Davis, Oneida James, Marie Jones
(backing vocals)

Track List

01 - Til Tomorrow Comes (B. Nakagawa / Arthur Wright)
02 - Only When You Can (Arthur Wright)
03 - Fe-no-me-nol (Arthur Wright)
04 - Pleasurize (G. Know / Arthur Wright)
05 - Up And At It (Raul de Souza / Arthur Wright)
06 - Everybody's Got To Dance To The Music (Arthur Wright)
07 - Self Sealing (Arthur Wright)
08 - Boogie Shoes (Arthur Wright)