Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Musica De Briamonte

José Briamonte - Sambeco, A Musica De Briamonte RCA Victor BBL-1449 (1968)

Probably the rarest LP by this legendary songwriter, arranger & pianist. His talents often grace the grooviest sixties' bossa releases and this album is no exception.

Joined by the likes of Papudinho on trumpet, Raulzinho on trombone, Heraldo do Monte on acoustic guitar, Capacete & Guará on acoustic bass, Garoto on vibes, Chacau & Heitor on drums & percussion and Boneca on acoustic guitar.

Whether it's tight snapping jazz instrumentals or groovy bossa vocals, each tune is propelled in Briamonte's trademark swinging fashion - and with songs penned by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Quincy Jones, João Donato, Luiz Carlos Vinhas, Milton Nascimento & Johnny Alf, as well as Briamonte himself, it's a great listen all the way through!

1) Roda De Samba
2) Selva
3) Moça
4) The World Goes On
5) Canto Pra Amada
6) Eu E A Brisa
7) Mr. King
8) Travessia
9) Watch What Happens
10) Januaria
11) Sonho Bom
12) Ye Me Le

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Inner City Summer

Here's a compilation of lesser known summery jazz fusion tunes all taken from the U.S. Inner City label and are of a late seventies vintage. I did this one for personal consumption but thought you might enjoy it, so here it is with suitable cover art.

If there are enough takers, I'll post the second volume at a later date.

1) Sam Morrison - Song Of Landa
2) Arn Evans + Tradewinds - Song For The Changing Seasons
3) Jeff Lorber Fusion - Chinese Medicinal Herbs
4) Listen Featuring Mel Martin - Growing
5) Dry Jack - Heads In The Cloud
6) Solar Plexus - The Darwin Dilemma
7) Bert Ligon - River Journey
8) Didier Lockwood - Aspiring Answer
9) Cybill Shepherd - Triste
10) Kellis Ethridge - Pensacola Joy
11) Arni Egilsson - Hot Air On A G String

Monday, July 03, 2006

Guitarra Cósmica

Sebastião Tapajós - ... E Sua Guitarra Cósmica Forma VDL-114 (1969)

Sebastião Tapajós is a renowned Brazilian musician with over 50 recorded albums. A classically-trained violonista (acoustic guitar player), he soon awakened to his own musical expression, which bridges the gap between the rich Brazilian tradition and the delicacy, subtlety, and sophistication of the classical tradition. He received more than 20 awards in his career, including Germany's Album of the Year. Touring intensively through Europe, he has played and recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Astor Piazzolla, Oscar Peterson, Paquito de Rivera, Zimbo Trio, Hermeto Pascoal, and many others, with concerts attended by more than 600,000 people.

His father, who was his first teacher, prompted him to begin playing at nine. He continued to study as a self-taught, until he moved to Belém, in Pará, Brazil, studying musical theory with Professor Drago. In 1963, he moved again, this time to Rio, where he studied with Othon Salleiro. In 1964, he moved to Portugal, where he graduated from the Lisbon National Music Conservatory. Tapajós was already an active performing artist, performing concerts in Portugal and Spain. In Madrid, he studied with guitar master Emilio Pujol, having graduated from the Hispanic Culture Institute. Since 1968, his recordings have been released in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, and in most European countries. Returning to Belém, he spent some time there before moving again to Rio, in search of performing opportunities and at the same time researching Brazilian popular music. The first opportunity to perform came with a rendition of Villa-Lobos' "Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra," together with National Symphonic Orchestra, at the Teatro Municipal, Rio's most distinguished classical music concert house. The critics were very favorable, and he began to tour Brazil and the U.S., giving concerts. By and by, Tapajós began to demonstrate interest in writing Brazilian popular music. His compositions, always evidencing an original character while avoiding easy commercial references, are profoundly rooted in Brazilian tradition. In 1972, his Brasil/El Arte de la Guitarra was released by Discmedia/Trova-Alfa, with themes from classical and popular Brazilian composers, and his own compositions, together with a Weiss piece, "Allemande." After 1973, he toured Europe with great success. In that same year, he performed at the Folklore and Bossa Nova of Brazil Festival, accompanying Maria Betânia and Paulinho da Viola, and he recorded Bienvenido Tapajós for MPS. He then began an intense touring schedule through Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Holland, Belgium, and other countries. He also makes a point in presenting to his European audiences other great Brazilian musicians, such as Maurício Einhorn, Zimbo Trio, Joel do Bandolim, Djalma Correa, Sivuca, and others.

In 1981, Sebastião Tapajós recorded with Zimbo Trio the album Sincopando, for Stockfisch. In 1982, his LP Guitarra Criolla was awarded, in Germany, as the Album of the Year. Two years later, he released Xingu, with Pedro "Sorongo" Santos and Djalma Correa, through Tropical Music. His LP Terra was also awarded as Best Foreign Album in Germany. In 1988, Sebastião Tapajós recorded Luá, Joá, with Maurício Einhorn, for Caju Music. In Brazil, he was awarded by the Academia Brasileira de Letras as the best Brazilian musician of 1992. In 1993, he recorded a CD entirely dedicated to Villa-Lobos' music, Villa-Lobos, for L'Art. In 1994, also for L'Art, he recorded another album with pieces mostly by Hispanic classical composers. But, in 1995, his Visões do Nordeste (L'Art) brought his own compositions with Northeast Brazilian rhythms; with only one song not written by him, the Northeastern folklore song, "Mulher Rendeira." With Brazilian pianist Gilson Peranzzetta, Tapajós recorded, in 1996, the album Affinities, mostly with compositions by the two. Rejecting being labeled as a "jazz" player, Sebastião Tapajós is simply a Brazilian music player.

1) Light My Fire
2) Rio Das Ostras
3) A Estrela E O Astronauta
4) Call Me
5) Luar Em Veropeso
6) Eu Quase Sozinho
7) Cantiga De Errante
8) A 200 P.H.
9) Zazueira
10) Wave
11) Sinhazinha
12) La Mentira