Saturday, February 21, 2009

Donga - A Musica de Donga (1974)

Hello, good evening! Carnaval has just started in Brazil. We have a big weekend ahead, a 5-day long holiday. Everyone that has the opportunity to travel, do so, leaving their homes today and returning only on the night of Wednesday. I'll be in Rio de Janeiro, as I use to do. Carnival makes Rio a quiet and empty city, believe it or not. I will follow the example of most music blogs friends of Loronix, showing something with Carnaval flavor. Let's see.

This is Donga - A Musica de Donga (1974), for the legendary label Marcus Pereira. By definition, this is not a Carnaval album, but a very important document featuring Donga, a musician who is part of Brazilian popular music history. Donga is credited to be the first to record a Samba tune in the year of 1916, a very important song that we know in Brazil by heart, Pelo Telefone, which is the track 10 of this album. Anyway, the whole album is delicious to hear with renowned musicians performing Donga compositions, including Elizeth Cardoso, Almirante, Paulo Tapajos, Dino, Meyra, Altamiro Carrilho, Canhoto and many others.

In a couple of hours I will be updating Loronix with a new interface. If you are reading this text with the interface already updated, I really hope you like it. This new look has many new features that should be implemented in the forthcoming days. It is also faster than the previous one. That's all friends. I hope you have a nice Carnaval party with your families. Tracks include:

Special Guests

Elizeth Cardoso
Leci Brandao
Paulo Tapajos
Cisa Nogueira


Dino 7 Cordas
(violao 7 cordas, arrangements)
Waldiro Frederico Tramontino (Canhoto)
Joel Nascimento
Altamiro Carrilho
(flute, arrangements)
Abel Ferreira
(clarinet, sax)
Luiz Paulo da Silva
Marcal, Elizeu

Track List

01 - Amigo do Povo (Donga)
02 - Canção dos Infelizes (Donga / Luis Peixoto) with ELIZETH CARDOSO
03 - Benedito no Choro (Donga)
04 - Patrão Prenda Seu Gado (Pixinguinha / Donga / João da Bahiana) with ALMIRANTE
05 - Vertigem (Donga)
06 - Seu Mané (Donga / Baiano) with LECI BRANDAO, MARCAL
07 - Cinco de Julho (Donga)
08 - Ranchinho Desfeito (Donga / De Castro e Souza) with PAULO TAPAJOS
09 - Ligia Teus Olhos Dizem Tudo (Donga)
10 - Pelo Telefone (Donga / Mauro de Almeida) with ALMIRANTE
11 - Quando Uma Estrela Sorri (Donga / Villa-Lobos / David Nasser) with GISA NOGUEIRA, DONGA
12 - Depoimento de Donga ao Museu da Imagem e do Som do Rio de Janeiro


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lucio Alves - Balancamba (1963)

Hello, good evening! I was looking for something at this weekend when by coincidence, I found this album labeled "This item has been discontinued by the manufacturer." I believe that Balancamba was the last Lucio Alves album commercially available. This is sad. We know these reissues are forged by the hard work of people who Love Brazilian music as we do. I'm speaking specifically about Caetano Rodrigues and Charles Gavin, two great friends of our community, to whom I dedicate this record, which will continue his public career -- on very modest basis by the way -- here at Loronix. Let's see.

This is Lucio Alves - Balancamba (1963) for Elenco as ME-2, the second album released by the anthological and very important Brazilian label. Balancamba blends the words "balanco" and "samba" and makes justice to this title. Lucio Alves's unique voice and sophisticated timing delivers a repertoire with compositions by Ronaldo Boscoli and Roberto Menescal, which is also here (probably with a Conjunto...). I was wondering about the duo excitement when working with the great master in a whole record... And to close the golden pot, Maestro Carlos Monteiro de Souza takes care of arrangements and conduction. I think it is time to stop. Lucio Alves does not need to be introduced. Tracks include:

01 - Balançamba
02 - Rio
03 - Tetê
04 - Dan-cha-cha-cha
05 - Branca Paz
06 - Negro
07 - Ah Seu Eu Pudesse
08 - Nós e o Mar
09 - O Barquinho
10 - Além da Imaginação
11 - Errinho à Toa
12 - Lágrima Primeira

(*) all tunes by Roberto Menescal and Ronaldo Boscoli.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Paulinho Nogueira - Sambas e Marchas da Nova Geracao (1967)

Hello, good evening! I am very proud to be in charge of the technology side of Musicos do Brasil: Uma Enciclopedia Instrumental, the first Brazilian music Encyclopedia devoted to instrumental music. The website was recently updated with new features and left the Beta stage. When I have an album to share with the community, the Encyclopedia is very useful, being a solid reference source. Follow this link to reach Paulinho Nogueira's entry and read about this great master of Brazilian guitar.

The Encyclopedia says that Paulinho Nogueira was more active as a teacher than as a studio musician. I also learned that Paulinho Nogueira was a designer, an essential skill to forge his invention, the craviola, an instrument that was adopted by Luiz Bonfa on his anthological Jacaranda album. Anyway, it is better leave the discovery pleasure for you; in the meantime, Loronix delivers another great Paulinho Nogueira record never released in CD. Let's see.

This is Paulinho Nogueira - Sambas e Marchas da Nova Geracao (1967), for RGE, with the participation of Luiz Loy Quinteto and Os 3 Moraes. Sorry, for talking about different things at this post, but I just received from our friend Warren a YouTube video that really worth to be shared with you. It is about a guy that made a not authorized commercial movie about a store using a mobile phone camera, here. You will understand why it is so great when you take a look. Anyway, Paulinho Nogueira has the accompaniment of not credit musicians, singing on a few tracks. Track 01 - Roda (Gilberto Gil / Joao Augusto) a perfect example of one of Paulinho Nogueira's strengths, which is the way he creates a completely different version of well-known compositions of other musicians. Tracks include:

01 - Roda (Gilberto Gil / João Augusto)
02 - Menina da Agulha (Sidney Miller)
03 - O Que a Gente Quer (Paulinho Nogueira)
04 - João e Maria (Hilton Accioli / Geraldo Vandré)
05 - Sem Mais Adeus (Francis Hime / Vinicius de Moraes)
06 - Quem Te Viu Quem Te Vê (Chico Buarque)
07 - Para Contribuir à Confusão Geral (Paulinho Nogueira)
08 - Canção de Não Cantar (Sergio Bittencourt)
09 - Noite dos Mascarados (Chico Buarque)
10 - Procissão (Gilberto Gil)
11 - Benza Deus (Paulinho Nogueira)
12 - Máscara Negra (Zé Keti / Pereira Matos)