Taiguara – Fotografias (1973)

“Fotografias”Odeon SMOFB 3779
EMI CD Reissue 200801 – Que as crianças cantem livres (Taiguara)
02 – Pra Luiza (Taiguara)
03 – Essa pequena (Taiguara)
04 – Flauta livre (Taiguara)
05 – Gotas (Taiguara)
06 – A companheira (Taiguara)
07 – O mundo é um só (Taiguara)
08 – Romina e Juliano (Taiguara)
09 – Não tem solução (Taiguara)
10 – No avião (Carlos Guinle – Dorival Caymmi)
11 – Saudade de Marisa (Taiguara)
12 – Cartinha pro Leblon (Taiguara)
13 – Nova York (Taiguara)
14 – Fotografias (Taiguara)Arranged by:
Taiguara (1,2,3,6,7,8,9,11,12,13)
Francis Hime (5,6,7,9,10)
Eduardo Souto Neto (4,8,11)
Ubirajara Silva (11)Taiguara – piano (1,2,7,8,9,10,11), organ (1,3,4), electric piano (3,4,6,12,13), flute (3)
Marlui – guitar (1,3,12), surdo (6), queixada (6,7), acoustic guitar (8), bells(9,13), guisos (13), “ui” (13)
Neco – acoustic guitar solo (1), cavaquinho (11)
Dino – string acoustic guitar(1,11)
Tiberio Cesar – bass (1,3,4,6,7,8,9,12,13), gongo (13)
Jorginho Santos – drums(1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,12), bongozinho (13)
Chiquito – guitar (2)
Novelli – bass (2)
Lula – drums (2)
Francis Hime – piano (5)
Sergio Barroso – bass (5,10)
Jorginho – flutes (3)
Wilson das Neves – drums (10)
Dazinho – Caixa de fósforos girassol (11)
Ubirajara Silva – bandoneon solo (11)
Nivaldo Ornellas – soprano sax (12)
Paulo Moura – clarinet (13)
Mauricio Einhorn – harmonica (13)

From the CD tray:

“The album that marks the beginning of the most experimental phrase of the composer, that was very characterized by his leftist political ideologies, principally in this time period when he was persecuted by the military dictatorship. The hit that launched this disc was “Que as crianças cantem livres,” with the participation of a moving chorus of children. You can say that this was the last disc of the phase of popular success and hits by the artist” — Thiago Marques Luiz


This is a wonderful record, one that opens up more and more after repeated listens. Textured and diverse but very cohesive, there is a lot going on here than meets the ear at first, from the lyrics, to the arrangements, to the instrumentation, to the way it’s mixed. At times bordering on orchestral pop, prog rock, soul music, to the avant-garde, and even jazz rock, Taiguara pulls this off. Born in Uruguay but living in Brazil since 4 years of age, he had his roots in bossa nova and “sambalança” (an offshoot started by Carlos Lyra… basically bossa nova though) and the “festivals of song” during the 1960s. His own albums grow increasingly more interesting — I am not, however, familiar with his stuff from the latter half of the 70s, but would like to hear some. (He worked with esteemed oddball Hermeto Pascoal for example).

All of the songs on this record but one were penned by Taiguara. Among the huge roster of musicians are Noveli (bass), Francis Hime (piano), Wilson das Neves (drums) and Paulo Moura (clarinet). Enjoy this, it’s pretty damn amazing!

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