Tamba Trio – Tamba Trio (1975)

Tamba Trio
(self-titled)
RCA 888430906624
Original release 1975
Reissue 2014 (EU)

1 – 3 Horas Da Manhã  (Ivan Lins, Waldemar Correia) 2:42
2 Visgo De Jaca (Sergio Cabral, Rildo Hora) 2:35
3 Ou Bola Ou Bulica (Aldir Blanc, Joao Bosco) 2:12
4 Beira-Mar (Ivan Lins) 2:19
5 Olha Maria (Amparo) (A.C. Jobim) 4:45
6 Chorinho No. 1 (Durval Ferreira) 1:44
7 Jogo Da Vida (Sidney Miller, Danilo Caymmi) 3:15
8 Sanguessuga (Fernando Brant, Toninho Horta) 3:47
9 Janelas (Ivan Lins, Ronaldo Monteiro) 1:38
10 Contra O Vento (Ana Borba, Danilo Caymmi) 2:45
11 Beijo Partido (Toninho Horta) 2:28
12 Chamada (Helio Delmiro, Paulo Cesar Pinheiro) 2:10

Arrangements, piano, Fender Rhodes, Arp Synthesizer, Vocals – Luiz Eça
Bass, Percussion, Flute [In C And G], Vocals  – Bebeto
Percussion, Drums, Vocals – Hélcio Milito

With Hélio Delmiro (guitar)

Also featuring João Bosco (guitar and vocal on Track 3); Toninho Horta (guitar on tracks 8 & 11); Danilo Caymmi (guitar, tracks 7 & 10); and Rildo Hora (harmonica, track 2).

Recorded and mixed by Nestor Vitiritti, RCA Studios, Rio de Janeiro

Artwork By – Ney Tavora
Artwork and Photographic Effects– Sérgio De Garcia
Coordinator, Directed By – Raymundo Bittencourt
Design – Carlos Guarany
Photography – Ivan Klingen

 

This is a very solid record, and Tamba Trio was doing a fine job of updating their sound to stay contemporary with developments in MPB. So instead of Jobim & Vincius compositions, we have Aldir Blanc and Joao Bosco (who also guests on the record), Fernando Brandt and Toninho Horta (another guest), Danilo Caymmi, Ivan Lins (yet another guest), Paulo Cesar Pinheiro — only top shelf stuff here, it’s like reaching for the blue Johnny Walker bottle instead of the black or the red.  Another nice touch is the neo-chorinho composition by Durval Ferreira here.

But this is obviously no longer a trio configuration of the group, and the album doesn’t have the exuberance or urgency of their early records.  It does have the mature confidence of guys who have been playing together for over a decade and invited a bunch of their talented famous friends over to create new textures on their new album.  Bassist and flautist Bebeto sings on this record, and his voice is what I imagine Chico Buarque might sound like if he were suffering from dengue fever, with that microtonally desafinado (out of tune) quality so characteristic of bossa nova which – if you aren’t quite in the mood for it – can make a person feel a little seasick.

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Jackson do Pandeiro – Raízes Nordestinas (1999)

Jackson do Pandeiro – Raízes Nordestinas
1999 EMI / Copacabana326 520558 2

Tonight is the night honoring São João, St. John the Baptist.  It’s a very traditional holiday in northeast Brazil and this blog used to have a tradition of São João and Festa Junina-themed posts at this time of the year.  But with everything else going on in the world, and the tragiclusterfuck that is Brazil under fascist fan-boy Bozonazi, I honestly didn’t even notice how quickly June has whizzed by.  So here is a rather generic, eleventh-hour post for São João, with a generic compilation of the great Jackson do Pandeiro.  So generic is this post that I am not going to say anything about the repertoire, the sound, the songwriting credits, none of it.

1 Sebastiana (Rosil Cavalcanti)
2 Forró Em Limoeiro (Edgar Ferreira)
3 Um A Um (Edgar Ferreira)
4 Cabo Tenório (Rosil Cavalcanti)
5 Coco Social (Rosil Cavalcanti)
6 Dezessete Na Corrente (Edgard Ferreira/Manoel Firmino Alves)
7 Cajueiro (Jackson do Pandeiro/Raimundo Baima)
8 Cumpadre João (Jackson do Pandeiro/Rosil Cavalcanti)
9 Coco de Improviso (Edson Menezes/Alventino Cavalcanti/Jackson do Pandeiro)
10 Xote De Copacabana (Jackson do Pandeiro)
11 O Crime Não Compensa (Genival Macedo/Eleno Clemente)
12 Meu Patrão (José Gomes/Riachão)
13 A Mulher Do Aníbal (Genival Macedo/Nestor de Paula)
14 Boi Tungão (Jackson do Pandeiro)
15 No Quebradinho (Marçal Araújo/José dos Prazeres)
16 O Canto da Ema (Alventino Cavalcanti/Aires Viana/João do Vale)
17 Moxotó (Rosil Cavalcanti/José Gomes)
18 Forró Em Caruaru (Zé Dantas)
19 Rosa (Rui de Morais E Silva)
20 Vou Gargalhar (Edgar Ferreira)

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Bando da Lua, Grupo “X”, Anjos do Inferno, 4 Ases e 1 Coringa – Samba da Minha Terra (1992 Revivendo)

 

Bando Da Lua, Grupo “X”, Anjos Do Inferno, 4 Ases E 1 Coringa – Samba da Minha Terra
1992 Revivendo RVCD 019

1 –Bando Da Lua -Saudades Do Meu Barracão
2 –Anjos Do Inferno – Vatapá
3 –Grupo “X” – Até A Lua Chorou
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Rubens da Mangueira – Eu Sou Assim (1978) (Copacabana COLP – 12225)

Rubens da Mangueira
Eu Sou Assim
1978 Copacabana COLP – 12225

The Mangueira escola de samba has produced no shortage of delights in terms of composers, singers, and musicians, and they are still going strong today.  Understandably, with eternal titans like Cartola and Nelson Cavaquinho associated with the institution, other sambistas were destined to forever walk in their shadows as mere mortals, and were proud to do so.  This record by Rubens da Mangueira opens with the funky, humorous Estrangeiro no samba.  The real stand-out track here to me is the mournful A vida continua lamenting the loss of a fellow brother in samba.  The whole album is solid and has never been issued on CD.  This is another LP that I ripped and then misplaced for a few years Continue reading

João Gilberto – O amor, o sorriso, e a flor (1960) (Odeon MOFB 3151)

João Gilberto – O amor, o sorriso e a flor
1960 Odeon – MOFB 3151
This pressing, early 1970’s, mono mix

A month ago, the world mourned the loss of a gentle musical soul,  and an icon of a Brazil that ceased to exist long ago.  Like many others, discovering João Gilberto’s music beyond the Getz/Gilberto album was a major “event” in my life that made me want to understand more about a country that could produce such a messenger of raw beauty.  Twenty-odd years later and I am still coming to grips with understanding the place – as are many Brazilians these days – but this much is certain:  Brazil will never produce another João Gilberto. Continue reading

Helio Matheus – Matheus Segundo Matheus (1975) (AOTNLP017)


Helio Matheus – Matheus Segundo Matheus (1975)
Original release, RCA-Victor, Brazil
2018 Reissue, Athens Of The North, AOTNLP017

A short-and-sweet Friday post for you to get your weekend started on point.  Scottish label Athens Of The North (or AOTN) serves up a reissue of this cult classic that, thanks to a collector’s market gone mad, I will never be able to afford as an original pressing. No idea what they used for their source but it sounds pretty decent, so I feel like this label has done music fans a huge favor by making it available.   As you can see below, the list of contributing musicians here is huge and includes members of Azymuth, Sá, Rodrix & Guarabyra and other heavyweights. Helio himself was well established as a writer and arranger in MPB circles at this time, but recorded very little under his own name. It’s a solid offering of samba-soul, samba-rock, MPB, and even a little dreamy orchestral psychedelic pop thrown in. It may have some questionable lyrics (for example, “Briguenta”) but the grooves make up for it. Plus it has maybe the best back-cover photograph of all time..

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