Baden Powell – Ao Vivo no Teatro Santa Isabel (1966)


Baden Powell
Ao Vivo no Teatro Santa Rosa
1966
Elenco ME-30
Reissue 2009 on Biscoito Fino

1. Abertura (Berimbau)
– Choro para metronomo
2. Astronauta
3. Valsa de Euridice
4. Preludio em re menor
5. Berimbau
6. Consolacao
7. Lamento *
8. Samba de uma nota so
9. Tempo feliz **

Group:
Musicians: Baden Powell (git, vcl **)
Carlinhos (b)
Oscar Castro Neves (p)
Victor Manga (dr)
unknown strings and flute *
unknown chorus **

Guitar Model: Author 3 by luthier Reinaldo DiGiorgio
Also published as: Samba de uma nota so (CD, 1999)
O Mestre do Violao Brasileiro (CD-Box, 2003)
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I am really liking this Baden Powell live record! Kudos to the almost-indie label Biscoito Fino for bringing it back into circulation with the reissue, although I am not totally in love with the mastering job. The artwork is a little on the sparse side too for a full-price release, basically just reproducing the info on the original back cover. But its the music that counts and this is a wonderful and (until now) rather rare album to come across. Includes Baden playing some Bach (Prelúdio em Ré Menor) and also a tune Vinicius co-wrote with Pixinguinha (Lamento). The rest of the tunes are all compositions by Baden and/or Vinicius, a lot of ‘afro-sambas.’

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From a cool German website I found called Brazil-On-Guitar:

BrazilOnGuitar says: Unfortunately, we did not find out the exact recording date of this first live record by BP. The half-hour recording in the Teatro Santa Rosa is another proof of his guitar abilities in 1966 and stands for his intense playing style. The sound quality of the recording is not the best and could not be improved significantly with the 2003 cd re-issue. However, BP’s guitar playing is so precise and exciting that the sound can be overlooked.

The recordings give the impression of a creative and very vital musician, whose life is completely devoted to music. At this time BP had developed great musicality and an impressive technique. It seems that on Teatro Santa Rosa he wanted to set other standards. In his high tempi there could be missed the depth and relaxation of later years, which is understandable thinking of his playing speed.

On 20 live recordings, five from the sixties, we can study his art of the moment. Teatro Santa Rosa is different with its repertoire and unique recordings. There is the impressive interpretation of the choro with a metronome and the overwhelming Bach prelude. His arrangements of the Afro-Sambas are wild, his Euridice sensitive. His virtuoso arrangement of Samba de uma nota so is very own and tricky. He would as well play it as an encore at the Berlin Jazzfestival in 1967. The record closes with Tempo feliz, his first recording as a singer……

…..We thank Robert G. (Germany) for his translation

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7 Comments

  1. Thanks for the post. I look forward to the FLAC link (which is still not operative). I'm a patient man 🙂 Thanks a bunch, pal. Muitissimo obrigado. Valeu!

  2. a recent ridiculous SWAT-style operation that seized a bunch of servers in New Zealand basically disabled half my blog… Been trying to restore links whenever I can. I'll try to prioritize this one, cheers

  3. Um, oddly enough — I was deleting dead links from the blog last night, and this post somehow got bumped to the front page. As you can see, it was actually posted in 2009 (hard to believe nobody left any comments about it either..). Sorry for the confusion

  4. The links don't work.
    Can you reupload them?
    thanks

  5. Hi, is there still any way to download this album?
    Thank you!

  6. Any chance for a FLAC re-up? thanks

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