Elizeth Cardoso – A Enluarada Elizeth (1967) with Pixinguinha, Clementina de Jesus, Cartola

Elizeth Cardoso (1967)
With special guests Pixinguinha, Clementina de Jesus, Cartola, and Codô
CLP 11509

1 Meu consolo é você
(Roberto Martins, Nássara)2 Depois de tanto amor
(Paulinho da Viola)

3 Amor e lágrimas
(Cláudio Santoro, Vinicius de Moraes)

4 Canto de Pedra Preta
(Baden Powell, Vinicius de Moraes)

5 Modinha
(Antônio C. de Brito, Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, Maurício Tapajós)

6 Carinhoso (with Pixinguinha)
(Pixinguinha, João de Barro)

7 Capoeira três (with Codô)

8 Isso é que é viver (with Pixinguinha)
(Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, Pixinguinha)

9 Demais
(Tom Jobim, Aloysio de Oliveira)

10 Melodia sentimental
(Lobos, Dora Vasconcelos)

11 Seleção de Sambas da Mangueira (with Clementina de Jesus and Cartola):

Fiz por você o que pude (Cartola)
Pranto de poeta (Nelson Cavaquinho-Guilherme de Brito)
Mangueira (Assis Valente-Zequinha Reis)
Mundo de zinco (Wilson Batista-Nássara)
Semente do samba (Hélio Cabral)
Lá em Mangueira (Herivelto Martins-Heitor dos Prazeres)
Onde estão os tamborins (Pedro Caetano)
Levanta, Mangueira (Luiz Antônio)
Sabiá de Mangueira (Benedito Lacerda-Eratóstenes Frazão)
Exaltação à Mangueira (Enéas Brites-Aloísio Augusto da Costa)
Praça Onze (Herivelto Martins-Grande Otelo)
Despedida de Mangueira (Benedito Lacerda-Aldo Cabral)

Elizeth Cardoso has a huge discography, and while I have not yet heard it all, I can safely say that this album is as good as it gets! It’s obvious as one song flows into the next what a labor of love this was, and how it was conceived not as just a collection of songs but as an ALBUM. There is not a bad song on it. Including an early composition from Paulinho da Viola, which when I first heard it I was sure it was a Cartola song. And how can you ask for anything better than Pixinguinha playing alongside Elizeth on his famous composition “Carinhoso”, one of the most-covered songs of MPB. According to the liner notes, this track took only 15 minutes to record, including the rehearsal! Recorded in a handful of winter days in August and September (1967 I presume?), the album goes out on an unbelievable “pot-pourri” or medley, a tribute to the Mangueira samba school. It features Clementina de Jesus and Cartola and was apparently SUPPOSED to feature Nelson Cavaquinho, who was apparently unable to make it “because of the rain” — by which is probably meant, Nelson had a bit too much to drink the night before and/or forgot about the session. Cartola had opened his bar, Zicartola, with his wife Zica in 1964, playing a huge part in the revitalization of samba in Rio de Janeiro. The bar didn’t last long but I *think* it was still there in 1967, I can’t seem to find a date for it at the moment.

A lot of Elizeth’s recordings have the vibe of a bygone era. In fact they probably had that when she released them — her vibrato-laden voice and dramatic delivery link up to earlier traditions of song interpretation that made her sound ‘classic’ most of the time. But this album sounds fresh to me even today. Her acappella reading of Tom Jobim’s “Demais” is brave, and she pulls it off with style. I hope you like this record as much as I do.

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  1. God – I hope this blog never dies!

    I could leave a gushing comment on just about any of the recent posts, but since this is the only one with out a comment of it's own, I thought I'd leave my mark right here.

    Superb work maestro.

  2. Flabb,

    I don't know if the attached link will become hot or not or even if it my post will be read by you or anyone else because it is posted at such a late date but attached is a comment on my buddy Pardal's website Euterpedia about the sweet and heavenly music of Elizeth "Elizete" Cardoso.


    And Flabb, do you know my buddy LouieLoco? He's a DJ and lives in Pernambuco too, and told me if I ever get a chance to get that way to make sure I go check out Terça Negra, at the pátio de São Pedro on Tuesdays in Recife, and on Saturdays at the same place is Marcatu night, most definitely to check out. You kinda remind me of him.

  3. Ha, I looked at the thread and, whaddya know, 'Sobe o Morro' was MY first experience with Elizete tambem and still probably my favorite album of hers!

    I do not know LouieLoco, no… Terça Negra can be fun but it can also be kind of a drag too, draws a lot of people who like to smoke the herb and, that neighborhood being kind of sketchy late at night, it creates a lot of opportunities for robberies unfortunately. But I am kind of a curmudgeon too, so take that with a grain of salt. I actually don't recall ever seeing maracatu de baque virado on a Saturday night there. Sunday in Recife Antigo is full of maracatu, some of great (in the period before carnaval especially) but unfortunately a lot of it is middle-class white people who want to get in touch with their inner African and get involved in some NGO-sponsored drumming class, and the result is not terribly good… But like I said, I'm a curmudgeon and a tough critic, who doesn't really par-tay much either these days. I also don't live in the city any more. Small world though… does he actually DJ under the monikor Louie Louco?

  4. I really don't know what his name is. LouieLoco is his moniker on Pardal's Bahiaonline forum. His writing style and tone is very similar to yours. For example he would make comments about his crates of albums in his car! And he is fluent in and equally at home both in the US and Brazilian cultures like you. It was just a shot in the dark. I also am sort of a curmudgeon. I can't tell you how many lighters I've raised lit right here in the good ole US of A at concerts. Can't do that shit anymore! And I've been to Brazil enough including going into favelas to know how to handle myself, dress and have conversational Portuguese. I look Brazilian – until I open my mouth! Ha! Any way , Love the stuff post here.

    On a side note, my aunt gave me a bunch of cd's that my cousin had before she left this earthly dimension and she had a ton of unusual stuff that I had never heard of, like: Laura Nyro who I did not know until recently was the writer of most of the hits for the Fifth Dimension for example. When I catalog all this stuff how can I email you a list of the cd's you may be interested in knowing about?

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