Fafa Lemos – Para Ouvir Dancando (1957)

21 08 2013

Link original: Fafa Lemos – Para Ouvir Dancando (1957)
Publicado em: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 by zecalouro


Hello, good evening! It was difficult to decide for an album to be at the first page of Loronix today. All options were very good, solid, but this choice — and perhaps the next ones — is very important. I’m moving from my place to another. I’m leaving this apartment, the place I love and the place I’m living since the beginning of Loronix. The date of my move is still uncertain and can happen at any time. Thus, from now on, all albums at the first page should be very meaningful because Loronix will enter on a hiatus of five or more days until I get set on my new place and ready to continue. So, friends, if Loronix is not updated in the forthcoming days, this is the reason, I will be unplugged and in the middle of a very worrying process for anyone who collect LPs. Let’s see.

This is Fafa Lemos – Para Ouvir Dancando (1957), for RCA Victor, featuring Fafa Lemos, a legendary Brazilian musician, member of the anthological Trio Surdina with Anibal Augusto Sardinha – Garoto – and Chiquinho do Acordeon. Fafa Lemos LPs are always delicious to hear, and I like this one very much. Fafa Lemos plays violin and delivers his “bossa nova” singing on four tracks. Fafa Lemos is backed by a “conjunto” and the musicians were not credited by RCA Victor. Don’t let the “Para Dancar” title cheats you, it is just a marketing approach. Tracks include:

01 – Meu Guarda-chuva (Ubenor Santos / Amâncio de Morais) Fafa Lemos sings
02 – Granfino (Fafá Lemos)
03 – Meu Panamá (Alcebíades Nogueira) Fafa Lemos sings
04 – Rosita (A. Stuart / P. Dupont)
05 – Canarinho Feliz (Hot Canari) (P. Nero)
06 – Joãozinho Boa Pinta (Haroldo Lobo / Geraldo Jacques) Fafa Lemos sings
07 – Cigano no Baião (Garoto)
08 – Se Alguém Disser (Ismael Netto / Reinaldo Dias Leme) Fafa Lemos sings


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Fafa Lemos – Fafa Lemos e Seu Violino com Surdina (1955)

2 05 2013

Link original: Fafa Lemos – Fafa Lemos e Seu Violino com Surdina (1955)
Publicado em: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 by zecalouro


Hello, good evening! Among the albums brought by my mother last week, this is certainly the most inquisitive one. Not only to be an album that I never heard before, but for the circumstances in which it was found. I have a mania to wonder what happened with these old albums until they arrive here. When it is found in Copacabana, for instance, it is easy to realize that it was part of a given collection sold to a record shop once the owner died or decided to get rid of them. But when it is found in a remote location, such like this one in the suburb of Rio de Janeiro, it is impossible to realize the path it took to get here. Anyway, I would like to have more time to visit these stores in the suburban area and try to reverse this course, perhaps a nice opportunity to find new friends and also great albums. Let’s see.

This is Fafa Lemos – Fafa Lemos e Seu Violino com Surdina (1955), for RCA Victor, featuring the legendary violinist, singer and why not, whistler Fafa Lemos at his best, performing a repertoire of his own compositions, Brazilian and international tunes. Fafa Lemos was part of the original formation of Trio Surdina with Garoto (violao) and Chiquinho do Acordeon (accordion). I’m not sure if Fafa Lemos was the first to introduce the violin to Brazilian popular music, but I’m sure Fafa Lemos is the musician that better made it. My highlight goes to 03 – Time Perna de Pau with lyrics sung by Fafa Lemos and 02 – Delicado, which is my pick at Loronix Preview Center. Tracks include:

01 – Feitiço da Vila (Noel Rosa / Vadico)
02 – Delicado (Waldir Azevedo)
03 – Time Perna de Pau (Vicente Amar)
04 – Mil Violinos (Jay Livingston / Evans / De Liano)
05 – Dengoso (Renaud)
06 – Chão de Estrelas (Silvio Caldas / Orestes Barbosa)
07 – Giannina Mia (O. Harbach / R. Friml)
08 – Fafá Em Hollywood (Fafá Lemos)


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Fafa Lemos e Carolina Cardoso de Menezes – Fafa & Carolina (1989)

19 07 2012

Link original: Fafa Lemos e Carolina Cardoso de Menezes – Fafa & Carolina (1989)
Publicado em: Friday, August 31, 2007 by zecalouro

Albums like this one should be released more often, this is a beautiful initiative produced by Zuza Homem de Mello, started four years early when he had the chance to visit Carolina Cardoso de Menezes place and watch Carolina and Fafa performing together as they were a duo of many years of experience.

Carolina Cardoso de Menezes and Fafa Lemos never had the chance to play together professionally. However, Fafa Lemos contribution to the music from Brazil is very important. Fafa Lemos is the violin and voice of the legendary Trio Surdina, releasing also several solo albums on a career that spans several decades. Carolina Cardoso de Menezes does not need to be introduced, the work she made on blending her classical background with popular music was of a great importance. Anyway, truly beautiful initiative and really nice album. Let’s see.

This is Fafa Lemos e Carolina Cardoso de Menezes – Fafa & Carolina (1989), for Eldorado, featuring Fafa Lemos violin and Carolina Cardoso de Menezes piano in all tracks. They are backed by Saba, Jongo Trio bassist and Lilian Carmona (drums) in most of the tracks. Fafa e Carolina is solid from the start to the end and my personal highlights goes to 02 – Se Acasso Voce Chegasse, 05 – A Saudade Mata a Gente and 11 – Curio Dengoso by Carolina Cardoso de Menezes also in charge of arrangements. Tracks include:


Fafa Lemos
Carolina Cardoso de Menezes
Lilian Carmona

Track List

01 – No Rancho Fundo (Ary Barroso / Lamartine Babo)
02 – Se Acaso Você Chegasse (Lupicínio Rodrigues / Felisberto Martins)
03 – Na Madrugada (Nilo Sergio)
04 – Bem-te-vi Atrevido (Lina Pesce)
05 – A Saudade Mata a Gente (João de Barro / Antônio Almeida)
06 – Conversa de Botequim (Noel Rosa / Vadico)
07 – Tudo Cabe Num Beijo (Carolina Cardoso de Menezes / Osvaldo Santiago)
08 – Three Little Words (H. Ruby / B. Kalmar) My Blue Heaven (W. Donaldson / G. Whiting)
09 – Ninguém Me Ama (Fernando Lobo / Antônio Maria)
10 – Douce France (Charles Trenet) Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir (J. Hess / Paul Misraki)
11 – Curió Dengoso (Carolina Cardoso de Menezes)
12 – Pedacinhos do Céu (Waldir Azevedo)
13 – Duas Contas (Garoto)


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Fafa Lemos – Trio do Fafa (1958)

29 02 2012

Link original: Fafa Lemos – Trio do Fafa (1958)
Publicado em: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 by zecalouro

This album is from a time when Brazilian instrumental music was a mass audience product and features one of the most important musicians from the 40’s to 70’s, Fafa Lemos, an artist that recorded several solo releases and played with almost all the Brazilian stars of that time.

This is Fafa Lemos – Trio do Fafa (1958), for RCA Victor. Unfortunately, the album cover does not have personnel information and we can only “guess” Trio do Fafa members. I think members were not revealed due legal issue since both are outlined at front cover. Fafa Lemos recorded his last album with Carolina Cardoso de Menezes in 1989 and passed away at the age of 83, in 2004. Tracks include:

01 – Un Violino Nel Mio Cuore (Meu Coração É Um Violino) (Laparcerie / Rastelli)
02 – Saudades da Bahia (Dorival Caymmi)
03 – Cem Mil Réis (Noel Rosa / Vadico)
04 – Emília (Wilson Batista / Haroldo Lobo)
05 – Morena Boca de Ouro (Ary Barroso)
06 – Solução (Raul Sampaio / Ivo Santos)
07 – No Mar Negro (L. Rodi)
08 – Fantasma do Cajú (Berico / Franco Ferreira)
09 – Silêncio de Um Minuto (Noel Rosa)
10 – Lá Vem a Baiana (Dorival Caymmi)
11 – Se Acaso Você Chegasse (Lupicínio Rodrigues / Felisberto Martins)
12 – Fracassos de Amor (Tito Madi / Milton Silva)


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Fafa Lemos, Seu Violino Com Conjunto – Uma Noite na Boate do Fafa (1958)

15 11 2011

Link original: Fafa Lemos, Seu Violino Com Conjunto – Uma Noite na Boate do Fafa (1958)
Publicado em: Saturday, December 16, 2006 by zecalouro

Hello, Good Night! Let’s continue with that series of posts dedicated to a musical instrument. We started with Edu da Gaita and his harmonica, then we meet Poly and his Hawaian slide guitar, yesterday, we saw Chiquinho do Acordeon and his accordion and today we will show the violin, revisiting Fafa Lemos, an artist that already has several releases at Loronix.

This is Fafa Lemos, Seu Violino com Conjunto – Uma Noite na Boate do Fafa (1958), for RCA Victor. Fafa Lemos takes a repertoire of Brazilian sambas and some international songs on this release. Such like Waldir Calmon and his Arpege nightclub, Fafa Lemos had also his own nightclub at Copacabana and this record brings the atmosphere of that time with Fafa Lemos playing such like he performed on his nightclub. Tracks include:

01 – Whispering (J. Schonberger)
02 – Tu Solo Tu (F. Valdés Leal)
03 – Saudade Dela (Ataulfo Alves)
04 – Violino Triste (Paulo César)
05 – Usted (Gabriel Ruiz / Monis)
06 – Aviso Prévio (Arnô Provenzano / Otolindo Lopes)
07 – Bicharada (Djalma Ferreira)
08 – It’s Not For Me To Say (A. Stillman / R. Allen)
09 – Je Suis Seul Ce Soir (Durant / Noel / Casanova)
10 – Casamento Infeliz (Alvarenga / Ranchinho)
11 – Mentira de Amor (Paulo César)
12 – Moritat (Bertold Brecht / Kurt Weill)


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Luiz Bonfa & Fafa Lemos – Bonfafa (1958)

19 10 2011

Link na Internet Wayback Machine: Luiz Bonfa & Fafa Lemos – Bonfafa (1958)
Publicado em: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2006

For a long time the combination of piano and acoustic guitar was something considered quite impossible to be made such different are both instruments under many aspects, the piano is louder, strongest and reaches many octaves, the acoustic guitar is mellow, quite impossible to exist with the piano as a duo.

Someday we will get along with a Brazilian record that makes the impossible, combining piano and guitar with outstanding results.

Let’s start practicing this newborn duo instrument series with a delicious record released by Luiz Bonfa and Fafa Lemos – Bonfafa (1958) with Luiz Bonfa (acoustic guitar), Fafa Lemos (violin), Hugo (drums) and Ed Lincoln (bass). Ed Lincoln spent some years trying to be successful bass player before making the right choice of the organ. Tracks include:

01 – O Apito no Samba (Luis Bandeira)
02 – April In Paris (V. Duque / E. Y. Harburg)
03 – Na Pavuna (Almirante / Candoca da Anunciação)
04 – Speak Low (Kurt Weill / O. Nash)
05 – Favela (Roberto Martins / Waldemar Silva)
06 – Pastorinhas (Noel Rosa / João de Barro)
07 – Carinhoso (Pixinguinha / João de Barro)
08 – A Voz do Morro (Zé Keti)
09 – Stella By Starlinght (N. Washington / V. Young)
10 – Tanto Amor (Luis Bonfá / Reinaldo Dias Leme)
11 – These Foolish Things (J. Strachey)
12 – Uma Prece (Luis Bonfá)

This is Luiz Bonfa & Fafa Lemos – Bonfafa (1958), at Loronix.

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Fafa Lemos – Seu Violino e Seu Ritmo (1959)

10 09 2011

Link original: Fafa Lemos – Seu Violino e Seu Ritmo (1959)
Publicado em: Saturday, October 07, 2006 by zecalouro

What about putting together Samba and violin? Sounds weird, but not with the Brazilian musician Fafa Lemos, a violin virtuoso that was a strong contributor to Brazilian music and Bossa Nova, active between the 40’s to the 70’s. Fafa Lemos is that kind of guy that was all around the music scene of that time collaborating with every renowned artist in Brazil and several others in United States and abroad.

Fafa recorded several solo LPs, zecalouro introduces Fafa Lemos and his music with Fafa Lemos – Seu Violino e Seu Ritmo (1959), Fafa Lemos sings and plays Brazilian and American standards. AMG bio and tracks are listed below:

01 – Jalouisie (J. Gade)
02 – Lamento (Djalma Ferreira / Luis Antônio)
03 – Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (Paul Francis Webster / Fain)
04 – Noche de Ronda (Maria Teresa Lara)
05 – Saturado (Berico / Franco Ferreira)
06 – A Noite e a Lua (Berico / Franco Ferreira)
07 – Chega de Saudade (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
08 – A Certain Smile (Paul Francis Webster / Fain)
09 – Picolissima Serenata (Amurri / Fierro)
10 – Balada Triste (Dalton Vogeler / Esdras Pereira da Silva)
11 – Acercate Más (Osvaldo Farrés)
12 – Seja Lá Como For (Berico / Franco Ferreira)

Fafá Lemos was an important Brazilian musician in the ’40s through the ’70s. A violin virtuoso hired by the most significant radio station (Nacional, which was heavily financed by the nationalist government of Getúlio Vargas), he played with virtually all of the Brazilian stars of those times, recorded a great solo discography (in Brazil and the U.S.), and also had an appreciable solo career abroad.

His musical studies began at seven. With the accompaniment of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, under conduction of maestro Burle Marx, he soloed a Vivaldi concert only two years later. In the next year, he played at the prestigious National Institute of Music, accompanied by renowned pianist Souza Lima. Moving to Paraná, he abandoned music for four years to complete his high school studies. In 1940, he returned to Rio and joined the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra for four months and the Carlos Machado Orchestra (in which he would work for six years) at the luxurious Cassino da Urca. Accompanying Carlos Machado, he began playing at the Casablanca nightclub in 1946, but the Trio Rio (which played at Bally-Hi nightclub) made a better proposal and he joined them.

In 1950, Rádio Nacional hired him for the outing’s cast and in that capacity, he would accompany the Brazilian musical who’s who of those times. In 1952, he went to the U.S. for the first time — he would go there several times — and on one of those trips, he recorded the soundtrack to the film Meu Amor Brasileiro (Mervyn Le Roy, Metro) with Laurindo Almeida. Accompanying Carmen Miranda, they toured several American cities. For New York’s CBS, he recorded three TV shows and was hired by Hollywood’s KTV as a soloist. Also in 1952, he recorded several albums for the American RCA Victor. Some time before, Paulo Tapajós, musical director for Rádio Nacional, created the show Música em Surdina (music in mute), under the winning concept of taking the excellent soloists hired by the station from the orchestral mass and putting them in small groups. So, Tapajós created the Trio Surdina: Lemos, Garoto (violão and several other string instruments), and Chiquinho do Acordeon (accordion). Sometimes the trio was joined by Vidal (bass) and Bicalho (percussion). After prime time, they would entertain the listeners for hours, playing refined instrumental music until the daily closing of the broadcasts. Playing international music in Brazilian rhythms, they also incorporated Noel Rosa classics (“Com que Roupa?” sung by Lemos); “Ninguém me Ama” (Antônio Maria/Fernando Lobo, a hit in the voice of Nora Ney); and the trio’s own compositions, such as the choro “Relógio da Vovó” and the baião “Nós Três.” In 1953, the trio released the first of a series of LPs (Musidisc): Garoto’s “Duas Contas,” which can be considered a precursor of bossa nova, regarding lyrics, harmony, and melody. Tied by contract to the radio, the trio was emulated by some or all of its members in recordings for singers under a great deal of denominations. For example, “Vingança” (Lupicínio Rodrigues) was recorded by Linda Batista in 1951 (RCA), where pianist Carolina Cardoso de Meneses subbed the accordion of Chiquinho’s, and “Risque” (Ary Barroso) was recorded next year by the same singer, this time with the exact formation of Trio Surdina. The extraordinary success of the trio, a format obsessively adopted by nightclubs and recording companies after them, was also in part credited to the extinction of gambling in Brazil by president Dutra in 1946. The biggest musician employers were the big casinos, which presented an array of sophisticated entertainment besides gambling, music being one of the most important. Those musicians became unemployed overnight and created pocket shows in the nightclubs that took the place of the casinos: Night & Day, Casablanca, Monte Carlo, and others.

In 1953, Lemos returned to the U.S., touring and recording with Carmem Miranda until her death in 1955. Forming a trio, he performed at the Marquis restaurant for over a year and at the Frascati restaurant for five months. In 1956, he returned to Brazil and became artistic director for RCA Victor, releasing all of his solo recordings on 78 rpms in the U.S. In 1958, he shared an album with Luiz Bonfá (Bonfafá, Odeon). Lemos performed in nightclubs and TV shows until 1961, when he moved again to the U.S. In 1964, he appeared as guest artist on Laurindo Almeida’s Guitar From Ipanema (Capitol/EMI/Toshiba).


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