Saturday, August 30, 2008

Laurindo Almeida - Chamber Jazz (1979)

When I spoke with Jorge Mello about my limited knowledge on the work, career and discography of Laurindo Almeida, I worried look and a piece of advice that I’m following since then, carefully listening to Laurindo Almeida albums kindly provided by Jorge Mello to our community.

My knowledge is improving, but there is a lot to know about this great musician. I am providing below Chamber Jazz liner notes, which I found that up to Chamber Jazz launching, Laurindo Almeida had already released more than 100 albums between classical and popular. Laurindo is a privileged musician and this album is very nice. Let’s see.

This is Laurindo Almeida – Chamber Jazz (1979), for Concord Records (USA), featuring a repertoire blending classical and popular music and Laurindo Almeida backed by two great musicians, especially the bassist, Bob Magnusson. As I told you, I will let you with Chamber Jazz liner notes and I wish a nice weekend to everybody. Tracks include:

Liner Notes:

Laurindo Almeida started the exodus of musicians from Brazil (and Argentina) more than 30 years ago. Now, in his early 60s, he is comfortably ensconced at his home in California's San Fernando Valley — in Sherman Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb — and he looks back on a career which has seen almost 100 Almeida albums produced.

This one, he assures us, is different.

One reason is Almeida's choice of material. You'll find no contemporary pop rock tunes in this program. Nor are there any of the hundreds of dated, over-recorded standards which dominate all too many of the recorded out¬put of solo guitarists today.

Almeida chooses works which are not performed by other guitarists, a repertoire which ranges from Brazilian melodies through Chopin and Debussy.

And assisting him, with sensitivity, are Jeff Hamilton on drums and Bob Magnusson, playing upright acoustic bass.

Let's not skip over Magnusson's contributions. The San Diego musician, a French horn player for 12 years and, more recently, featured on bass with Sarah Vaughan and Joe Farrell's Quartet, achieves a radically different sound with Almeida. His glisses resemble the sound of a trombone at times. Throughout this album, his contributions are enormous.

All nine selections, in addition, benefit from Almeida's arranging skills.

Four of the nine works are Brazilian. Odeon and Turuna are from the pen of Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1937), a man whom Almeida idolized when Laurindo was a child in São Paulo. Laurindo later played with radio orchestras in Rio de Janeiro and, for a time, conducted his own band before he moved north to Los Angeles and became a valued member of Stan Ken¬ton's Orchestra in 1947.

J.D. San-Macdony's Dingue Le Bangue and You And I (Você e Eu) by Vinícius de Morais-Carlos Lyra are yet other Brazilian melodies favored by Almeida here. Claude Debussy's Claire de Lune and Frederic Chopin's Chopin a la Breve based on one of the Polish pianist's most engaging waltzes mesh with Bach on two others. The only American melody programmed is Melissa, a composition of Minette Allton of Los Angeles.

Unaccustomed Bach is adapted from a prelude and transformed into a Brazilian baiao; Bourree And Double is Almeida's adaption of a violin solo, in eight movements, which classicists will recognize as Bach's B Minor Partita.

The guitar which Almeida favors is a six-string instrument hand-crafted for him by Julius Guido of Los Angeles, a cutaway which gives Laurindo four more frets than the conventional Spanish guitar.

That's the background on a man and his music. An extraordinary man who, for all his success through the decades, remains humble, ever-amiable and eager to deliver to the world music he considers valuable.

Chief copy editor of Billboard Magazine, Los Angeles, and author of the book, "Playback."


Laurindo Almeida
Bob Magnusson
Jeff Hamilton

Track List

01 - Dingue Le Bangue (J. D. San / Macdony)
02 - Unaccustomed Bach (Johann Sebastian Bach)
03 - Odeon (Ernesto Nazareth)
04 - Bourrée And Double (Johann Sebastian Bach)
05 - Melissa (Minette Allton)
06 - Você e Eu (Carlos Lyra / Vinicius de Moraes)
07 - Claire de Lune Samba (Claude Debussy)
08 - Chopin a La Breve (Frederic Chopin)
09 - Turuna (Ernesto Nazareth)

Challenge | Who are They?

Hello, good evening! The challenge game is back with a very easy mission, which is only the identification of each musician at this photo, by the way, three renowned musicians. You can follow this link to get a hi-res version, here.

Hope uEnjoy!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Stella Maris

Hello, good evening! I received from my very good friend gpicanco this photo taken in 1938 showing Stella Maris at the age of 17, performing at Radio Mayrink Veiga in Rio de Janeiro. Stella Maris has died yesterday at the age of 86. She was Dorival Caymmi’s wife since they met for the first time in the year of 1939. This is Loronix tribute to this incredible woman.

gpicanco photos were taken from his personal collection of PRA9 magazines, available in high resolution at Loronix Happy Hour, here.


Milton Nascimento - Geraes (1976)

Hello, good evening! There is a couple of very important Brazilian music artists that are not approached like others at Loronix, and the reason is simple and straightforward, their career albums are commercially available. There are several examples; Milton Nascimento and Chico Buarque are the ones that come to my mind. I got surprised to know that Geraes, considered one of the best Milton Nascimento career albums had gone out of print. This is a very old contribution made by the mighty Luiz Harding, owner and maintainer of a tribute website to Edison Machado, which I want to say thanks for making this album available to our community. Let’s see.

This is Milton Nascimento – Geraes (1976), for Odeon, featuring a constellation of Brazilian musicians, including several very special guests, such like Chico Buarque sharing vocals with Milton Nascimento on 05 - O Que Sera, my choice to Loronix Preview Center. My knowledge on Milton Nascimento discography is very limited and my criterion to make this text was enthusiastic reviews I found at the internet and the pleasant listen I made tonight. Tracks include:

Special Guests

Mercedez Sosa
(Volver a los 17)
Chico Buarque
(O Que Sera)
Grupo Agua
(Caldera, Promessas do Sol)
Clementina de Jesus
(Circo Marimbondo)

(alphabetical order)

Bebel Gilberto, Beto Guedes, Chico Buarque, Fernando Leporace, Francis Hime, Lizzie Bravo, Milton Nascimento, Nelson Angelo, Miucha, Novelli, Piii, Tavinho Moura & Grupo Agua
Celso Woltzenlogel, Danilo Caymmi, Mauro Senise, Paulo Guimaraes, Paulo Jobim, Raul Mascarenhas
Chico Batera, Doutor, Elizeu Felix, Georgiana de Moraes, Luiz Alves, Luna, Marcal, Nana Vasconcellos, Nelson Araya, Robertinho Silva, Toninho Horta
Edison Machado, Robertinho Silva
Francis Hime, Joao Donato, Novelli, Toninho Horta, Wagner Tiso
(piano, organ)
Luiz Alves, Novelli, Renato Sbragia
Luiz Gonzales Carpena, Milton Nascimento, Nelson Angelo, Nelson Araga, Oscar Perez, Tavinho Moura
Nelson Angelo, Toninho Horta

Track List

01 - Fazenda (Nelson Ângelo)
02 - Calix Bento (Tradicional / Adpt. Tavinho Moura)
03 - Volver a Los 17 (Violeta Parra) Special Guest: Mercedes Sosa
04 - Menino (Milton Nascimento / Ronaldo Bastos)
05 - O Que Será (À Flor da Pele) (Chico Buarque) Special Guest: Chico Buarque
06 - Carro de Boi (Maurício Tapajós / Cacaso)
07 - Caldera (Nelson Araya) Special Guest: Grupo Água
08 - Promessas do Sol (Milton Nascimento / Fernando Brant) Special Guest: Grupo Água
09 - Viver de Amor (Toninho Horta / Ronaldo Bastos)
10 - Lua Girou (Tradicional / Adpt. Milton Nascimento)
11 - Circo Marimbondo (Milton Nascimento / Ronaldo Bastos) Special Guest: Clementina de Jesus
12 - Minas Gerais (Novelli / Ronaldo Bastos)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Radames Gnattali - Radames Interpreta Radames (1958)

Hello, good evening! I don’t know how many friends are facing the same problem, but since noon, I’m not reaching some international domains, including the ones hosted at Loronix dedicated server. I did not receive reports from Loronixers and I’m afraid is only happening with me or at least with the friends that access the Internet via Velox (a ISP in Brazil).

Anyway, I’m sure I will be back to business tomorrow. Meanwhile, this album should fix me. This is the legendary Radames Gnattali LP recorded in 1958 for the legendary Todamerica label, reissued several times as Radames Gnattali e Sua Orquestra – Radames Gnattali e a Bossa Eterna, being also reissued on CD in the year of 1997.

Loronix would be nothing without the help of respected Brazilian music collectors, such like Caetano Rodrigues, which I would like to credit for Radames Gnattali e Sua Bossa Eterna, available at this link. And Jorge Mello, for making available Radames Interpreta Radames, the first Todamerica issue. Let’s see.

This is Radames Gnattali – Radames Interpreta Radames (1958), for Todamerica, featuring Radames Gnattali and Quarteto Continental – not an orchestra as credited on “Bossa Eterna” reissue – including Radames Gnattali at the piano, Pedro Vidal Ramos (bass), Ze Menezes (violao, cavaquinho), Luciano Perrone (drums) and Heitor dos Prazeres (percussion). This album is acknowledged by serious Brazilian music specialists, it brings Radames Gnattali performing 12 popular tunes of his own, in two styles, Choros on Side A and Sambas on Side B. I hope you have the same pleasure I had hearing again this beautiful Jorge Mello’s contribution. Tracks include:


Quarteto Continental

Radames Gnattali
Ze Menezes
(violao, cavaquinho)
Luciano Perrone
Pedro Vidal Ramos
Heitor dos Prazeres

Track List

01 - Papo de Anjo (Radamés Gnattali)
02 - Puxa Puxa (Radamés Gnattali)
03 - Bolacha Queimada (Radamés Gnattali)
04 - Pé de Moleque (Radamés Gnattali)
05 - Zanzando Em Copacabana (Radamés Gnattali)
06 - Gatinhos no Piano (Radamés Gnattali)
07 - Amargura (Radamés Gnattali / Alberto Ribeiro)
08 - Vou Andar Por Aí (Radamés Gnattali)
09 - Cheio de Malícia (Radamés Gnattali)
10 - Escrevendo Para Você (Radamés Gnattali)
11 - De Amor Em Amor (Radamés Gnattali / Silva Costa)
12 - Seu Ataulfo (Radamés Gnattali)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ed Lincoln - O Melhor de Ed Lincoln

This album is with me for a long time, and I never had in mind to share at Loronix one day. However, every friend I show it says that Ed Lincoln is always worth checking; even if it is a compilation such like this one. By the way, some of these friends have been crying out for this post via email. Ed Lincoln is really popular, no matter in Brazil or abroad. If you were waiting for “O Melhor de Ed Lincoln”, your time has come. Let’s see.

This is Ed Lincoln – O Melhor de Ed Lincoln (no date), for Musidisc, featuring well known Ed Lincoln cuts, blending instrumentals and songs with lyrics. Little I know about this album and I’m not an expert on Ed Lincoln discography to understand from which albums these tracks come from or the name of each special guest performing, but this is a nice album, especially for the late comers, a unique chance to get an overview of Ed Lincoln and then move towards to his regular career LPs. Tracks include:

01 - O Ganso
02 - The Blues Walk
03 - Pergunte ao João
04 - Canção Para Um Homem no Espaço
05 - Vou Rir de Você
06 - A Rosa
07 - Centenário
08 - É o Cid
09 - Eu Não Vou Mais
10 - Miss Balanço
11 - Carioca
12 - Na Onda do Berimbau