Saturday, October 18, 2008

Vinicius de Moraes & Amalia Rodrigues – Amalia / Vinicius | Vinicius / Amalia (1970)

Hello, good evening! This album brings a live recording featuring the Brazilian poetry, composer, singer and diplomat Vinicius de Moraes and the acclaimed Amalia Rodrigues, perhaps the most important Portuguese singer, known as “Rainha do Fado” the “Queen of Fado”, which is a Portuguese music genre. Vinicius de Moraes was friend of Amalia Rodrigues and according with back cover liner notes this album was recorded in 19th December 1968 at Amalia Rodrigues place, on a farewell meeting to Vinicius de Moraes, leaving Portugal at that time. Let’s see.

This is Vinicius de Moraes & Amalia Rodrigues – Amalia / Vinicius | Vinicius / Amalia (1970), for Decca, a live performance, recorded without the participants consent using hidden microphones. The session has the atmosphere of a friend’s meeting, featuring music and poetry, also including renowned Portuguese poetries, such like: David Mourão-Ferreira, Natália Correia, Carlos Ary dos Santos and Alain Oulman. This record was released two years after the performance in 1970, and I’m presenting here the first Portuguese issue in the original double LP format. I think we have today a great treat to Vinicius de Moraes fans and our friends from Portugal. Tracks include:

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bob Fleming - Bob Fleming Interpreta Boleros Volume 3 (1965)

Hello, good evening! I’m happy I don’t need to buy a Mac. I’m old for such change. I would like to inform that my computer nightmare has gone to a term today. Thanks a lot to everybody who wrote me with suggestions, tips and tricks. It seems that everybody is a computer specialist today. Thanks a lot Matt from the essential Beta Particle for making available resources to a virtual conference call, not needed because Jason guided this computer illiterate parrot to a utility that fixed the problem as magic.

Anyway, now I can focus on something I’m doing that has a strong influence to this post. I’m trying to write an article to approach on a structured manner a fascinating aspect of Brazilian instrumental music in the 60’s, which is the use of nicknames by renowned artists on records, such like Ed Lincoln recording as Don Pablo de Havana, the last released provided by Jose Ignacio Neto. It is incredible the number of musicians who made such thing. I think the most popular and relevant case is Bob Fleming, a fictional musician created by Nilo Sergio’s Musidisc label that had two artists playing the Bob Fleming role, the legendary Moacyr Silva and Zito Righi. Let’s see.

This is Bob Fleming – Bob Fleming Interpreta Boleros Volume 3 (1965), for Masterpiece Masters, a Musidisc label. I never found official information on which musician is behind each Bob Fleming release, but this one seems to be a Moacyr Silva session, delivering renditions of Bolero standards with his sax tenor. This cover is scaring at a first sight, but soon you will get used with the naked ladies around the sax. Tracks include:

01 - Charade (H. Mancini) Just For Tonight (J. Mercer / H. Carmichael)
02 - Sin Motivo (Gabriel Ruiz) Ay de Mi (O. Farrés)
03 - Amor (Gabriel Ruiz / R. L. Mendes) Abrazame Asi (M. Clavel)
04 - Accarezzame (Calvi / Nisa) Arrivederci (U. Bindi / G. Calabrese)
05 - Star Dust (H. Carmichael / M. Parish) Fly Me To The Moon (B. Howard)
06 - Sta Sera Pago Io (Modugno) Amapola (J. M. Lacalle)
07 - Desesperadamente (G. Luis / R. L. Mendes) Angustia (Orlando Brito)
08 - Rose (Michael / H. Salvador) Trop Beau (L. Amade / Gilbert Bécaud)
09 - Acercate Más (O. Farrés) Quizas Quizas Quizas (O. Farrés)
10 - Cuando Calienta El Sol (Carlos Rigual / Mário Rigual) Besame Mucho (Consuelo Velasquez)
11 - Uno Pertutti (T. Remis / A. Testa / Mogol) Io Che Amo Solo Te (Sergio Endrigo)
12 - Nessuno Al Mondo (R. Gioia) Al Di Lá (Mogol / Donida)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gilberto Gil & Rita Lee - Refestanca (1977)

Hello, good evening! I’m having a bad time with my notebook. I use Microsoft Windows and since yesterday, I cannot reach the explorer file manager interface, the taskbar, which is that useful lower bar used to switch between opened applications and the start menu. Sorry for using this space for this kind of moaning, but I think I’m losing this battle this time. Perhaps a computer virus has got me. I don’t know. A simple task like opening a word processor is a great effort. Anyway, if someone has the solution for this problem, please get in touch.

Sometimes your state of mind influences the music made available at Loronix, and this post is exactly the case. It has a lot of energy and an anthological performance by two very important artists, one of them being released for the first time at Loronix. Let’s see.

This is Gilberto Gil & Rita Lee – Refestanca (1977), for Som Livre, featuring Gilberto Gil, an artist that does not need explanation and Rita Lee, the well known Os Mutantes vocalist. Refestanca is a very well recorded live concert, probably Gilberto Gil’s concert with Rita Lee as the invited artist. Gilberto Gil brings his whole band, Refestanca, also the album title and the opening and closing track. Rita Lee also brings her band at that time, Tutti Fruti, which is all about Rock and Roll. The outcome is very nice, they mix their bands, making everything sounds confusion at the first hearing, but as soon as you get used, it is hard to ignore cuts like Ovelha Negra, Back in Bahia, Odara and Domingo no Parque, my selection to Loronix Preview Center. Tracks include:


Gilberto Gil
(vocal, violao)
Rita Lee

Djalma Correa, Naila Skorpio
Cidinho Teixeira, Roberto de Carvalho
Carlos Alberto Charlegre, Sergio Della Monica
Lee Marcucci, Moacyr Albuquerque
Lucia Turnbull, Willi
Luiz Sergio Carlini, Perinho Santana, Roberto de Carvalho

Track List

01 - Refestança (Rita Lee / Gilberto Gil) with Gilberto Gil & Rita Lee
02 - É Proibido Fumar (Roberto Carlos / Erasmo Carlos) with Gilberto Gil & Rita Lee
03 - Odara (Caetano Veloso) with Gilberto Gil
04 - Domingo no Parque (Gilberto Gil) with Gilberto Gil
05 - Back In Bahia (Gilberto Gil) with Rita Lee
06 - Giló (Rita Lee) with Rita Lee
07 - Ovelha Negra (Rita Lee) with Gilberto Gil
08 - Eu Só Quero Um Xodó (Dominguinhos / Anastácia) with Gilberto Gil
09 - De Leve (Get Back) (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) with Rita Lee & Gilberto Gil
10 - Arrombou a Festa (Rita Lee / Paulo Coelho) with Rita Lee
11 - Refestança (Rita Lee / Gilberto Gil) with Rita Lee & Gilberto Gil

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Antonio Adolfo & Grupo No em Pingo D'Agua - Joao Pernambuco | 100 Anos (1983)h

Hello, good evening! This is a very important post that brings to Loronix a musician that I never had the chance to speak about. It is also important to say we are only getting in touch with this musician with the help of Jorge Mello that kindly made available this album to Loronix, directly from his amazing collection. I have been wondering today how many friends from Loronix community had the chance to know the works of Joao Pernambuco, considered by many one of the fathers, if not the father of the Brazilian violao.

Joao Pernambuco was born in 1883 and his work as an instrumentalist is only available by 78 RPMs recorded in the 1920’s decade. But his legacy and his contribution to Brazilian music remain n strong influence throughout a century, shaping the works of musicians such like Jacob do Bandolim, Meira, Baden Powell, Mauricio Carrilho, Raphael Rabello, among many others.

This photo taken in 1913 at the city of Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro featuring Donga, a non identified musician, Joao Pernambuco and Pixinguinha comes from an awesome website that I had the chance to know today with the help of Jorge Mello and this fantastic contribution. I would like to invite you to spend a time at, a tribute to Joao Pernambuco, owned and maintained by the Italian musician Angelo Zaniol, a work of passion for Joao Pernambuco and the music from Brazil. There you will find Joao Pernambuco pictures, discography and Angelo Zaniol arrangements for Joao Pernambuco music, among many other things. Thanks Jorge Mello and thanks also Angelo Zaniol for your beautiful tribute.

This is Antonio Adolfo & Grupo No em Pingo D’Agua – Joao Pernambuco | 100 Anos (1983), for Funarte, a tribute to Joao Pernambuco Centennial, a very nice session with the piano of Antonio Adolfo and the Choro Group No em Pingo D’Agua, featuring twelve selected tracks taken from Joao Pernambuco compositions. This album is self explanatory and you have a lot of things to discover today with Angelo Zaniol website and Joao Pernambuco music. Have a nice weekend. Tracks include:


Antonio Adolfo

Grupo No em Pingo D’Agua

Mário Seve
Pedro Amorim
Rogerio Souza
Jorge Simas
(violão 7 Cordas)
Wanderson Martins
Marcio Gomes

Track List

01 - Interrogando (João Pernambuco)
02 - Mimoso (João Pernambuco)
03 - Sonho de Magia (João Pernambuco)
04 - Graúna (João Pernambuco)
05 - Choro Em Sol (João Pernambuco)
06 - Sentindo (João Pernambuco)
07 - Rosa Carioca (João Pernambuco)
08 - Brasileirinho (João Pernambuco)
09 - Dengoso (João Pernambuco)
10 - Valsa Em Lá (João Pernambuco)
11 - Sons de Carrilhões (João Pernambuco)
12 - A Estrada do Sertão (João Pernambuco)