Walter Wanderley Trio – Chegança (1966) (1971 reissue)

The Walter Wanderley Trio – Cheganca
Original release 1966 on Verve
1971 Reissue MGM Records
Series: MGM Latino Series – 10,010 MGS 610

Like many musicians looking for reprieve from the turmoil of mid-60s Brazil, keyboardist Walter Wanderley had left the country and settled in the United States.   He emigrated at the behest of Creed Taylor and made half a dozen albums for Verve. Most of them can be classed under ‘lounge’ or ‘exotica’ music, which has its own charms, although often as sweet as the half ton of bagged sugar featured on the front of this album.  But “Chegança” is more like the bossa-jazz records Wanderley made in Brazil and has much less of the Creed Taylor background-music schmaltz factor.   The whole band grooves together.  There is appropriately unsubtle cuica playing on O Ganso (“The Goose”)  The highlight, though,  is still the organ playing.  Have a listen to the solo in “Você e eu” below.

A1 Chegança (The Great Arrival) 2:48
A2 Amanhã 2:00
A3 Take Care, My Heart 3:16
A4 Aqua De Beber 2:28
A5 Here’s That Rainy Day 2:39
A6 O Ganso 2:50
B1 Mar Amar 2:30
B2 Você e eu 2:40
B3 O Menino Desce O Morro 3:15
B4 Dá-Me (Stay, My Love) 4:00
B5 Amor De Nada 1:50
B6 A Man And A Woman (Un Homme Et Une Femme) 2:28

Walter Wanderley – Organ and piano
José Marino – bass
Cláudio Slon – Drums

with additional percussion by Bobby Rosengarden and Sol Grubin (Take Care, My Heart)

Album cover design – Acy R. Lehman
Engineer [Director] – Val Valentin
Liner Notes – Bob Lee
Photography by  – Jay Maisel
Producer – Creed Taylor

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