Som Três – Som Três Show (1968) (BOM24183)

Som Tres – Som Tres Show (1968)
Original: 1968 Odeon MOFB 3541
Reissue: 2010 Bomba Records, Japan – BOM24183
Originally Odeon MOFB 3541

1. Leonardo
2. Falsa Baiana
3. Amazonas (Keep Talking)
4. The World Goes On
5. The Look Of Love
6. Frevo Rasgado
7. Jungle
8. Sá Marina
9. Watch What Happens
10. Emília
11. Balanço Zona Sul

Record Company – Indústrias Elétricas E Musicais Fábrica Odeon S.A.

Engineer [Diretor Técnico] – Z. J. Merky
Engineer [Técnico De Gravação] – Jorge Teixeira Da Rocha
Layout – De Mello & Leonardo
Music Director – Lyrio Panicali
Orchestrated By – Cesar Camargo Mariano
Photography By – Studio Maitiry
Producer [Assistente De Produção] – Wilson Simonal
Producer [Diretor De Produção] – Milton Miranda
Technician [Técnico De Laboratorio] – Reny R. Lippi


I was going to publish this post on Sunday as a tribute to my dad on Father’s Day, because the first track is titled Leonardo, and that happens to be his name.  But my father isn’t actually a fan of bossa nova, or really any Brazilian music. And I’m pretty certain that Cesar Camargo Mariano, who wrote the tune, has never met him.  I kept seeing very touching social media posts on Sunday about peoples’ fathers, and the idea of making a frivolous, goofy joke began to seem silly.  Perhaps this preemptive shame is a sign of maturity for Dr. Vibes?  Gosh, I hope not.

This is a feel-good toe-tapper spring-and-summertime album from the versatile Som Três combo.  Aside from two originals by bandleader C.C. Mariano*, the album is comprised of jazz-bossa versions of international pop and cinema hits penned by the greats (from Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Quincy Jones and the Bergmans; Michel Legrand), samba (Geraldo Perreira; Haraldo Lobo and Wilson Batista), and MPB (João Donato, Gilberto Gil, Antônio Adolfo, Tito Madi).  The album closes with its weakest cut: an exercise in interpreting Balanço Zona Sul in the style of various other piano trios before finishing with a few bars of it in their own swingin’ style.  It’s cute, and even a little humorous — the segment devoted to Errol Garner (pronounced “EH-hoe Goner” in carioca) includes a parody of the peculiar tortured-moaning-just-at-the-threshold-of-hearing vocalizing that was Garner’s calling card.  Like I said, it’s cute.  But it also feels a bit like filler , something off-the-cuff to get this record up to the 30-minute mark, the standard LP length of the day, so that Brazilian customers wouldn’t feel ripped off.  The Japanese reissue presented here has pretty decent sound quality.

*Nobody ever called him C.C. to my knowledge but I’m trying to start a trend, right now.

** Almost forgot to add – note that Wilson Simonal has a production credit on this record!


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