Laurindo Almeida – Chamber Jazz (1979)

17 05 2013

Link original: Laurindo Almeida – Chamber Jazz (1979)
Publicado em: Saturday, August 30, 2008 by zecalouro

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When I spoke with Jorge Mello about my limited knowledge on the work, career and discography of Laurindo Almeida, I worried look and a piece of advice that I’m following since then, carefully listening to Laurindo Almeida albums kindly provided by Jorge Mello to our community.

My knowledge is improving, but there is a lot to know about this great musician. I am providing below Chamber Jazz liner notes, which I found that up to Chamber Jazz launching, Laurindo Almeida had already released more than 100 albums between classical and popular. Laurindo is a privileged musician and this album is very nice. Let’s see.

This is Laurindo Almeida – Chamber Jazz (1979), for Concord Records (USA), featuring a repertoire blending classical and popular music and Laurindo Almeida backed by two great musicians, especially the bassist, Bob Magnusson. As I told you, I will let you with Chamber Jazz liner notes and I wish a nice weekend to everybody. Tracks include:

Liner Notes:

Laurindo Almeida started the exodus of musicians from Brazil (and Argentina) more than 30 years ago. Now, in his early 60s, he is comfortably ensconced at his home in California’s San Fernando Valley — in Sherman Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb — and he looks back on a career which has seen almost 100 Almeida albums produced.

This one, he assures us, is different.

One reason is Almeida’s choice of material. You’ll find no contemporary pop rock tunes in this program. Nor are there any of the hundreds of dated, over-recorded standards which dominate all too many of the recorded out¬put of solo guitarists today.

Almeida chooses works which are not performed by other guitarists, a repertoire which ranges from Brazilian melodies through Chopin and Debussy.

And assisting him, with sensitivity, are Jeff Hamilton on drums and Bob Magnusson, playing upright acoustic bass.

Let’s not skip over Magnusson’s contributions. The San Diego musician, a French horn player for 12 years and, more recently, featured on bass with Sarah Vaughan and Joe Farrell’s Quartet, achieves a radically different sound with Almeida. His glisses resemble the sound of a trombone at times. Throughout this album, his contributions are enormous.

All nine selections, in addition, benefit from Almeida’s arranging skills.

Four of the nine works are Brazilian. Odeon and Turuna are from the pen of Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1937), a man whom Almeida idolized when Laurindo was a child in São Paulo. Laurindo later played with radio orchestras in Rio de Janeiro and, for a time, conducted his own band before he moved north to Los Angeles and became a valued member of Stan Kenton’s Orchestra in 1947.

J.D. San-Macdony’s Dingue Le Bangue and You And I (Você e Eu) by Vinícius de Morais-Carlos Lyra are yet other Brazilian melodies favored by Almeida here. Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune and Frederic Chopin’s Chopin a la Breve based on one of the Polish pianist’s most engaging waltzes mesh with Bach on two others. The only American melody programmed is Melissa, a composition of Minette Allton of Los Angeles.

Unaccustomed Bach is adapted from a prelude and transformed into a Brazilian baiao; Bourree And Double is Almeida’s adaption of a violin solo, in eight movements, which classicists will recognize as Bach’s B Minor Partita.

The guitar which Almeida favors is a six-string instrument hand-crafted for him by Julius Guido of Los Angeles, a cutaway which gives Laurindo four more frets than the conventional Spanish guitar.

That’s the background on a man and his music. An extraordinary man who, for all his success through the decades, remains humble, ever-amiable and eager to deliver to the world music he considers valuable.

—DAVE DEXTER, JR.
Chief copy editor of Billboard Magazine, Los Angeles, and author of the book, “Playback.”

Personnel

Laurindo Almeida
(violao)
Bob Magnusson
(bass)
Jeff Hamilton
(drums)

Track List

01 – Dingue Le Bangue (J. D. San / Macdony)
02 – Unaccustomed Bach (Johann Sebastian Bach)
03 – Odeon (Ernesto Nazareth)
04 – Bourrée And Double (Johann Sebastian Bach)
05 – Melissa (Minette Allton)
06 – Você e Eu (Carlos Lyra / Vinicius de Moraes)
07 – Claire de Lune Samba (Claude Debussy)
08 – Chopin a La Breve (Frederic Chopin)
09 – Turuna (Ernesto Nazareth)

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Laurindo Almeida – Concert Creations for Guitar by Laurindo Almeida (1949)

13 04 2013

Laurindo Almeida – Concert Creations for Guitar by Laurindo Almeida (1949)
Publicado em: Saturday, May 24, 2008 by zecalouro

Laurindo Almeida - Concert Creations for Guitar

Laurindo Almeida - Concert Creations for GuitarBack

Hello, good evening! I believe this is the oldest LP already available at Loronix. Another awesome Jorge Mello’s contribution. This is the first album released by Laurindo Almeida in the United States, after a period of intense activity as part of Stan Keaton Orchestra. We all know what happened in the following years, Laurindo Almeida recorded three albums with Bud Shank that are considered precursors of Bossa Nova and became a celebrated musician. Perhaps it would be wiser to wait for 2009 to celebrate this LP 60th years anniversary, however, could not resist, for the happiness of everybody. Let’s see.

This is Laurindo Almeida – Concert Creations for Guitar by Laurindo Almeida (1949), for Capitol, featuring Laurindo Almeida guitar and arrangements on top of a very versatile repertoire, including Laurindo Almeida compositions, Johann Sebastian Bach and arrangements by Laurindo Almeida. I think this album speaks by itself. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Loronix Samba Saturday. Tracks include:

01 – Bourree (Johnann Sebastian Bach)
02 – Mystified (Laurindo Almeida)
03 – Malagena (Ernesto Lecuana)
04 – Sueno (Dream) (Laurindo Almeida)
05 – Insomnia (Laurindo Almeida)
06 – Eili-Eili (traditional)
07 – Braziliance (Laurindo Almeida)
08 – Tea for Two (Vincent Youmanns / Irving Caesar)

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Laurindo Almeida & Ray Turner – Impressoes do Brasil (1957)

9 04 2013

Link original: Laurindo Almeida & Ray Turner – Impressoes do Brasil (1957)
Publicado em: Friday, May 16, 2008 by zecalouro

Laurindo Almeida & Ray Turner - Impressões do Brasil

Hello, good evening! I am very happy to update Loronix after four days, which is the largest hiatus since Loronix creation two years ago. I hope you missed myself and new music such as I did. There were four days, but seems to be four years, in the third night I had a dream I was in the middle of amazing blog posts. Anyway, I will need some adaptation time until getting the old pace, and this is the reason why I’m making this really nice record in the hope you don’t read me, kindly sent and strongly recommended by Jorge Mello. Let’s see.

This is Laurindo Almeida e Ray Turner – Impressoes do Brasil (1957), for Capitol, featuring Laurindo Almeida guitar and Ray Turner piano performing a Brazilian repertoire with selected cuts from Radames Gnattali, Heitor Villa Lobos, Laurindo Almeida and the legendary Garoto. Maestro Radames Gnattali has the whole side A, the only side the unknown Ray Turner plays, while side B features two Laurindo Almeida compositions, one Villa Lobos choro and three Garoto tunes performed by Laurindo, which are the ones that I like most and worth the entire album. Thanks Jorge Mello for this first out of several unknown Laurindo Almeida LPs. Tracks include:

01 – Allegro – Concertino Nr. 2 para Violao e Piano (Radamés Gnattali)
02 – Adagio – Concertino Nr. 2 para Violao e Piano (Radamés Gnattali)
03 – Presto – Concertino Nr. 2 para Violao e Piano (Radamés Gnattali)
04 – Saudade (Radamés Gnattali)
05 – Choro Triste (Garoto)
06 – Choro Gracioso (Garoto)
07 – Nosso Choro (Garoto)
08 – Serenata (Laurindo Almeida)
09 – Crepúsculo Em Copacabana (Laurindo Almeida)
10 – Gavotta-choro (Villa-Lobos)

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Este disco pode ser buscado no Martoni.





Radames Gnattali e Laurindo de Almeida – Suite Popular Brasileira para Violao e Piano (1956)

28 02 2013

Linl original: Radames Gnattali e Laurindo de Almeida – Suite Popular Brasileira para Violao e Piano (1956)
Publicado em: Sunday, March 09, 2008 by zecalouro

Radames Gnattali e Laurindo Almeida - Suite Popular Brasileira (1956)

This Sunday is different from all others. Under normal conditions, Sunday delivers a low traffic at Loronix, but not the second Sunday of February, lasting 3 hours to the end, this Sunday is already the busiest one in Loronix history. That’s why I decided to show you a special album at the beginning, sent by my good friend cvllos as of my birthday gift. I don’t need to say more, just look at this cover to understand that we are facing a historical album. Let’s see.

This is Radames Gnattali e Laurindo de Almeida – Suite Popular Brasileira para Violao e Piano (1956), for the underrated Continental label. By the way, I need to say that Continental, a great label that had its peak in the 78rpm years and also in the early 70’s, recorded most of the albums released in the last five days at Loronix, Returning to this nice Continental 10-inch, Radames Gnattali delivers piano playing and all six compositions, while Laurindo Almeida plays violao eletrico “electric acoustic guitar”, which is a really unusual combination. I always thought the first Brazilian album featuring violao and piano was Samambaia by Cesar Camargo Mariano and Helio Delmiro, and then comes cvllos with this one, recorded 24 years before Samambaia in the same concept. Thanks cvllos. Tracks include:

Personnel

Radames Gnattali
(piano)
Laurindo Almeida
(violao eletrico)

Track List

01 – Invocação a Xangô (Radamés Gnattali)
02 – Toada (Radamés Gnattali)
03 – Choro (Radamés Gnattali)
04 – Samba Canção (Radamés Gnattali)
05 – Baião (Radamés Gnattali)
06 – Marcha (Radamés Gnattali)

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LA4 – Zaca (1980)

22 11 2012

Link original: LA4 – Zaca (1980)
Publicado em: Sunday, November 18, 2007 by zecalouro

Hello, good evening! I had great plans for this Saturday night, but a last minute issue (successfully solved), changed everything. In order to keep you entertained this Sunday, I decided to make one single post. However, when we make just one release, it is nice to make something to please everybody. I could not believe when I saw this record, featuring a quartet that I did not realize the existence. Additionally, the album title is very similar to the name of the parrot that writes these lines. Let’s see.

This is LA4 – Zaca (1980), for Concord Jazz, featuring Laurindo Almeida, Bud Shank, Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton. LA4 started in 1974, recording eight albums until dismissing in 1982. This is their sixth and all others were also recorded for Concord Jazz. I’m making available the original first vinyl issue with a slight different cover from the later well-known CD issue. This is what I know about LA4, perhaps Nathanael from Laurindo Almeida in the Heart can bring to us additional information about them. Stay tuned at comment section. Tracks include:

Personnel

Laurindo Almeida
(guitar)
Bud Shank
(sax, flute)
Ray Brown
(bass)
Jeff Hamilton
(drums)

Track List

01 – Zaca (Bud Shank)
02 – You Can’t Go Home Again (D. Sebesky)
03 – A Child Is Born (T. Jones)
04 – O Barquinho (Roberto Menescal / Ronaldo Bôscoli)
05 – Close Enough For Love (Theme For ”Agatha”) (Johnny Mandel / Paul Williams)
06 – Pavanne Op 50 (Gabriel Fauré)
07 – Secret Love (Sammy Fain / Paul Francis Webster)

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Esse disco pode ser buscado no Avaxhome.





Laurindo Almeida with Bud Shank – Brazilliance Vol. 3 (1958)

3 04 2012

Link original: Laurindo Almeida with Bud Shank – Brazilliance Vol. 3 (1958)
Publicado em: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 by zecalouro

Moos was so nice on sending this album to Loronixers. I did not realize how hard to find it is. It was recorded as a series of three volumes, the first one is already available at (Órfãos do) Loronix and you should use Loronix Find It to check, recommended. It was recorded in 1953 and you can hear sometimes a draft Bossa Nova birth there. Thanks Moos.

This is Laurindo Almeida with Bud Shank – Brazilliance Vol. 3 (1958), for World Pacific, the third an last out of the collaboration between Laurindo Almeida and Bud Shank, featuring Laurindo Almeida (guitar), Bud Shank (flute), Gary Peacock (bass) and Chuck Flores (drums). Moos sent a scan of back cover with some information about this recording set. You can also find additional information on Laurindo Almeida at http://laurindo-almeida.blogspot.com, a nice tribute by our Loronix friend Nate. Tracks include:

01 – Harlem Samba (Laurindo de Almeida)
02 – North Of The Border (Laurindo de Almeida)
03 – Sunset Baion (Laurindo de Almeida)
04 – Round About Midnight (Thelonious Monk / B. Hanighan / C. Williams)
05 – Toro Dance (Bud Shank)
06 – Serenade For Alto (Laurindo de Almeida)
07 – Xana Lyn (Bud Shank)
08 – Blowing Wild (D. Tiomkin / Paul Francis Webster)
09 – Gershwin Prelude (George Gershwin)
10 – Frio Y Color (Bud Shank)

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Bud Shank – Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! (1966)

17 03 2012

Link original: Bud Shank – Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! (1966)
Publicado em: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 by zecalouro

Hello, Good Evening and Good night! I’m back from Sao Paulo vinyl fair. I arrived four hours ago, but I was so tired that I slept by accident when reading a magazine. Then I decided to come here and say hello, thanks everybody who was there and just let you know that tomorrow night I will be covering the fair, telling everybody what happened.

Meanwhile, I decided to post something solid from the start to end to please Loronixers tomorrow or early today or late this night or… well, I’m not sure, depends on your time zone.

This is Bud Shank – Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! (1966), for World Pacific, featuring Bud Shank, Laurindo Almeida, Chet Baker, Joe Pass, Clare Fischer and Joao Donato. Wow! I don’t think that you will never go wrong with an album titled Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! featuring this awesome musicians. Tracks include:

PersonnelBUD SHANK
LAURINDO ALMEIDA
CHET BAKER
JOE PASS
CLARE FISCHER
JOAO DONATO

Track List

01 – Summer Samba
02 – Elizeth
03 – Noturno
04 – Ontem a Noite
05 – Carnaval
06 – Sausalito
07 – If I Should Loose You
08 – Carioca Hills
09 – Samba do Aviao
10 – What Time it Was
11 – Quiet Nights
12 – The Color of Your Hair

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