Saturday, September 06, 2008

Paulinho Nogueira - Paulinho Nogueira (1965)

Hello, good evening! I had a crazy week, with lots of things to do and I can’t believe how fast these five days passed so quickly. When I was a kid, my grandfather said that as long as we get older as fast the time goes away. That’s what I’m feeling. I remember Christmas as it was last week. Anyway, Jorge Mello comes to please us again with another of his awesome albums, featuring an artist of great appreciation at Loronix, Paulinho Nogueira. Let’s see.

This is Paulinho Nogueira – Paulinho Nogueira (1965), for RGE, featuring an instrumental Paulinho Nogueira with a reduced percussion accompaniment in charge of Radamanto and Rogerio. This is the kind of album that grabs your attention at the first hearing; Paulinho Nogueira performs a repertoire of well known bossa nova cuts, including his rendition of Luiz Bonfa’s Manha de Carnaval and Paulinho’s Bachianinha Nr. 1. My choice to Loronix Preview Center is 06 – So Tinha de Ser com Voce (Antonio Carlos Jobim / Aloysio de Oliveira). Tracks include:


Paulinho Nogueira
(violao, arrangements)
Radames, Rogerio

Track List

01 - Menino das Laranjas (Theo de Barros)
02 - Inútil Paisagem (Tom Jobim / Aloysio de Oliveira)
03 - Aleluia (Edu Lobo / Ruy Guerra)
04 - Minha Namorada (Carlos Lyra / Vinicius de Moraes)
05 - Bachianinha Nº 1 (Paulinho Nogueira)
06 - Só Tinha Que Ser Com Você (Tom Jobim / Aloysio de Oliveira)
07 - Jesus Alegria dos Homens (Johann Sebastian Bach)
08 - Arrastão (Edu Lobo / Vinicius de Moraes)
09 - Você (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Bôscoli)
10 - Opinião (Zé Keti)
11 - Samba Bom (Vera Brasil)
12 - Manhã de Carnaval (Luis Bonfá / Antônio Maria)

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Gal Costa - O Sorriso do Gato de Alice (1993)

Hello, good evening! I spent a lot of time deciding the album we would have today at Loronix. It happens every day, it is always very hard to make this choice. All options were very good, each one with its ups and downs, but in the last minute I thought it would be a great idea to bring Gal Costa back to Loronix front page. It has been quite a time since her last release was made, and she is an artist that everybody loves. Let’s see.

This is Gal Costa – O Sorriso do Gato de Alice (1993), for BMG RCA, featuring Gal Costa with Arto Lindsay production and a constellation of special guests. Although issued very recently in 1993, this album has been unexplainably out of print. I read some reviews today and it is interesting how they vary at the extreme, with some people saying this is Gal Costa at her best and others – probably influenced by the arrangements with lots of percussions – saying it does not add much to Gal Costa discography. I think Jorge Ben fans with have a nice entertainment with Sorriso do Gato de Alice, featuring several Jorge Ben songs, including Alkahool, one of my favorites here. Tracks include:

Special Guests

Caetano Veloso
Gilberto Gil
Jorge Ben
Paulinho da Viola


Paulo Belinati
(violao, viola, seresta, percussion, arrangements)
Arthur Maia
(bass, arrangements)
Jurim Moreira, Carlos Bala
Marcal, Marcos Suzano, Marcelo Costa, Monica Millet
Mark Ribot, Celso Fonseca, Arto Lindsay
Paulo Calazans
Paulinho da Viola
Jorge Ben
Oswaldo Lenine
Jota Moraes
Mauro Senise
Marcos Pereira
Gilberto Gil
Nico Assumpcao
Frank London

Track List

01 - Bahia Minha Preta (Caetano Veloso)
02 - Bumbo da Mangueira (Jorge Ben "Jorge Benjor")
03 - Errática (Caetano Veloso)
04 - Mãe da Manhã (Gilberto Gil)
05 - Gratitude (Arto Lindsay / Caetano Veloso)
06 - Eu Vou Lhe Avisar (Jorge Ben)
07 - Nuvem Negra (Djavan)
08 - Lavagem do Bonfim (Gilberto Gil)
09 - Serene (Djavan / Arto Lindsay)
10 - Você e Você (Gilberto Gil)
11 - Alkahool (Jorge Ben)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Egberto Gismonti - Egberto Gismonti (1969)

Hello, good evening! Here we go with another nice album sponsored by Jorge Mello, which is the very first Egberto Gismonti LP, recorded for Elenco in 1969. If you are used with Egberto Gismonti albums released after his departure from Brazil, you will have a surprise with this one. Gismonti sings and the whole atmosphere is Bossa Nova, although released in a time where the movement had already lost his momentum. Let’s see.

This is Egberto Gismonti – Egberto Gismonti (1969), for Elenco, featuring a blend of vocal and instrumental tracks with Egberto Gismonti singing, arranging all tracks and playing piano, violao and organ. There are two very special guests, Dulce Nunes, singing with Egberto Gismonti at 09 - Clama Claro and Durval Ferreira playing violao on 03 – Pr’um Samba. The whole session features accompaniment by the renowned Wilson das Neves and Sergio Barroso, as described in personnel listing. Tracks include:


Egberto Gismonti
(voice, violao, piano, organ, arrangements)
Wilson das Neves
Sergio Barroso

Special Guests

Durval Ferreira
Dulce Nunes

Track List

01 - Salvador (Egberto Gismonti)
02 - Tributo a Wes Montgomery (Egberto Gismonti)
03 - Pr'um Samba (Egberto Gismonti) with Durval Ferreira
04 - Computador (Egberto Gismonti)
05 - Atento Alerta (Egberto Gismonti / Paulo Sergio Valle)
06 - Lírica II (Pra Mulher Amada) (Egberto Gismonti)
07 - O Gato (Egberto Gismonti)
08 - Um Dia (Egberto Gismonti)
09 - Clama-claro (Egberto Gismonti / Arnoldo Medeiros) with Dulce Nunes
10 - Pr'um Espaço (Egberto Gismonti)
11 - O Sonho (Egberto Gismonti)
12 - Estudo Nº 5 (Egberto Gismonti)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mario Reis - Mario Reis (1971)

Hello, good evening! This is my tribute to the centenary of a singer never mentioned before at Loronix, but of extreme importance for Brazilian popular music, Mario Reis, considered the most original singer in the 30’s for his gentle singing style, which thirty years later had influenced Bossa Nova. Take in consideration that in the 30’s, it was necessary to sing very loud to address the shortcomings of the microphones, still rudimentary.

Mario Reis abandoned his singing career very early at the end of the 30’s and most of his albums were recorded in 78 rotations between the 20’s and 30’s. This is the last album recorded by Mario Reis and I’m really fascinated by his voice and his interpretation. I’m looking for some of Mario Reis recordings in 78RPM, they are probably amazing. Meanwhile, I invite you to know a great and probably unknown singer for many Loronix’s friends. Let’s see.

This is Mario Reis – Mario Reis (1971), for Odeon, featuring Mario Reis performing Sambas with his unique voice. Maestro Lindolpho Gaya delivers arrangements and also plays the role of musical director. Musicians in this session were not credited by Odeon. Tracks include:

01 - Cansei (Sinho)
02 - Amar a Uma Só Mulher (Sinho)
03 - Moreninha da Praia (João de Barro)
04 - Fui Louco (Alcebíades Barcelos "Bide")
05 - Nem É Bom Falar (Ismael Silva / Francisco Alves / Nilton Bastos)
06 - Voltei a Cantar (Lamartine Babo)
07 - A Banda (Chico Buarque)
08 - Filosofia (Noel Rosa)
09 - Rasguei a Minha Fantasia (Lamartine Babo)
10 - Gosto Que Me Enrosco (Sinho)
11 - Se Você Jurar (Ismael Silva / Nilton Bastos / Francisco Alves)