Laurindo Almeida – Chamber Jazz (1979)

17 05 2013

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

Front

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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Este disco pode ser buscado no Ssoonnss





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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Stan Getz – Stan Getz with Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida (1963)

9 03 2012

Link original: Stan Getz – Stan Getz with Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida (1963)
Publicado em: Saturday, April 21, 2007 by zecalouro

Caetano sent this album as part of his latest package of treasures to Loronixers and I need to say open and honestly it was the first time I had the chance to hear this classical record. Among the several things I could learn with Loronix, a important one is to consider Stan Getz as a Brazilian artist, such tremendous was his dedication to Brazilian music and the work he made to “announce” the great new from Brazil in the early 60’s, the Bossa Nova.

This is Stan Getz – Stan Getz with Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida (1963), for Verve. This is a really amazing album and I think I cannot make better than Richard Ginell from All Music to describe this session and what was in the air during those years. Personnel includes another surprise, Edison Machado on Drums. Tracks include:

AMG Review

Three weeks after completing his meeting with Luiz Bonfá and only two days after the epochal Getz/Gilberto sessions, Stan Getz was back in the studio recording more bossa nova. Producer Creed Taylor was obviously striking while the iron was hot, getting in as many Brazilian sessions as he could, yet the quality of the music-making remained consistently marvelous. Continuing his practice of running through one star guitarist after another, this time Getz has Laurindo Almeida as the designated rhythm man, featured composer, and solo foil. The rhythm section is an authentically swinging mixture of American sidemen (including Steve Kuhn on piano and George Duvivier on bass) and Brazilian percussionists. Almeida didn’t like to improvise, so his solos stay close to the tunes, inflected with a perfectly matched feeling for the groove along with classical poise. Jobim’s “Outra Vez” is a particularly lovely example of Getz’s freedom and effortless lyricism contrasted against Almeida’s anchored embroidering. Sessions like these might have been seen as cashing in on the boom at the time, yet in the long view, one should be thankful that these musicians were recording so much cherishable material.

PersonnelEdison Machado
(drums)
Luis Parga, Jose Paulo
(percussion)
George Duvivier, Dave Bailey
(bass)
Steve Kuhn
(piano)
Laurindo Almeida
(guitar)
Stan Getz
(sax tenor)

Track List

01 – Menina Moça (Young Lady) (Luis Antônio)
02 – Outra Vez (Once Again) (Tom Jobim)
03 – Winter Moon (Laurindo de Almeida / Portia Nelson)
04 – Do What You Do Do (Laurindo de Almeida / Jeanne Taylor)
05 – Samba da Sahra (Sahra’s Samba) (Laurindo de Almeida)
06 – Maracatu-too (Laurindo de Almeida / Stan Getz)
07 – Corcovado (Tom Jobim)

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Este disco pode ser buscado no Edison Machado e no Israbox.





Sammy Davis Jr. & Laurindo Almeida – Sammy Davis Jr. Sings and Laurindo Almeida Plays (1966)

8 02 2012

Link original: Sammy Davis Jr. & Laurindo Almeida – Sammy Davis Jr. Sings and Laurindo Almeida Plays (1966)
Publicado em: Thursday, March 15, 2007 by zecalouro

Hello, Good Night! I got flu. I have fever, small eyes and pain on all by body, except nails and hair. After making this one, I will take Caetano’s words of wisdow of flu treatment, which are a shower (I’m happy that he doesn’t say “a COLD shower”, otherwise I would have to call the police to put me inside the bathroom) and some medicine that I should buy downstairs.

Caetano gave also advice on today’s posts. As a matter of fact, we have a day of celebration; another package has arrived, very different from the previous one and truly gorgeous. This is the opening message for today, posts already decided and engineers running around the office to get everything ready on time. Let’s check this first one.

This is Sammy Davis Jr. & Laurindo Almeida – Sammy Davis Jr. Sings and Laurindo Almeida Plays (1966), featuring only the voice of Sammy Davis Jr. and the acoustic guitar of Laurindo Almeida. It’s a nice surprise to hear Sammy Davis Jr. performing as a superb singer without those Las Vegas casinos tricks. Laurindo de Almeida is also a solid contributor to this very successful record. They probably had a lot of fun making this album together. Thanks for this unknown album, Caetano. Tracks include:

01 – Here’s That Rainy Day
02 – Two Different Worlds
03 – The Shadow Of Your Smile
04 – Where Is Love
05 – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
06 – I’m Always Chasing Rainbows
07 – We’ll Be Together Again
08 – Joey, Joey, Joey
09 – The Folks Who Live On The Hill
10 – Speak Low

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Este disco pode ser buscado no Um que Tenha. Há também uma versão em Flac no Israbox (obrigado, Miguel).





The Norman Luboff Choir – The Latin Luboff (1965) featuring the guitar of Laurindo Almeida

21 11 2011

Link original: The Norman Luboff Choir – The Latin Luboff (1965) featuring the guitar of Laurindo Almeida
Publicado em: Tuesday, December 26, 2006 by zecalouro

This is the Christmas gift zecalouro received from Caetano Rodrigues. What a gift! Classy, elegant and with a beautiful cover. Thanks Caetano for this LP.

We are talking about The Normal Luboff Choir – The Latin Luboff (1965), for RCA Victor, twelve well-known songs arranged for voice and orchestra with the participation of Laurindo Almeida and his guitar in all tracks. Beautiful, Laurindo makes the difference on this record with his gentle and intimistic guitar playing, making the perfect background and introductions on each track.

Normal Luboff and his Choir is among the most popular choral ensembles of the 50’s and 60’s, releasing a series of albums during this period. In this LP, the Choir is composed by twenty voices, 12 boys and 8 girls. The Norman Luboff Choir also backed a number of vocalists including Harry Belafonte and Doris Day and even after Norman Luboff passing in 1987, they continued touring. Take a special attention to Manha de Carnaval and As I do Now, which is the Jequibau based tune Sim from Mario Albanese / Ciro Pereira. Tracks include:

01 – Yours (Quiereme Mucho)
02 – Sarah’s Samba
03 – Watch What Happens
04 – The Peanut Vendor
05 – Be Mine Tonight
06 – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
07 – Sunset And Moonrise
08 – El Cumbanchero
09 – The Street of Stars
10 – Corcovado
11 – As I do Now
12 – Manha de Carnaval

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Este disco pode ser buscado no Lounge Legends.





New Blog | Laurindo Almeida in the Heart

25 09 2011

Link original: New Blog | Laurindo Almeida in the Heart
Publicado em: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 by zecalouro

With some help of zecalouro and Loronix, I’m annoucing the launching of a new Blog, Laurindo Almeida in the Heart, possibly the first blog full dedicated to the Brazilian guitar legend Laurindo Almeida, commanded by Natanael, Laurindo’s fan, with several rare recordings and awesome videos that will be arriving at the Blog very soon.

Natanael sent to zecalouro this breathtaking Laurindo Almeida YouTube video for our appreciation. I have never seen something from Laurindo on video and this one is really cool, Laurindo plays his guitar, accompanied by The Modern Jazz Quartet.

Stay with the video and do not miss this new blog, where you can download this video and also some Laurindo Almeida rare releases.

Thanks Natanael, Laurindo Almeida in the Heart is here(http://laur-meida.blogspot.com)

Hope uEnjoy!

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O blog não existe mais, pelo menos o que está no endereço citado pelo Zeca está vazio. Porém, existe um blog sobre o Laurindo Almeida, tocado por Natanael e que deve ser o mesmo em outro endereço: http://laurindo-almeida.blogspot.com/




Laurindo Almeida – Acapulco 22 (1963)

16 08 2011

Link original: Laurindo Almeida – Acapulco 22 (1963)
Publicado em: Saturday, August 19, 2006 by zecalouro

Perhaps should be the temperature in Rio de Janeiro – 36 C / 96.8 F – that is making zecalouro going nuts jeopardizing the row and picking up LPs with girls on covers.

Anyway, there is nothing wrong with him. Who cares, since he is making available a rare out of print Laurindo Almeida LP from 1963, Acapulco 22.

I’ve been wondering how many more LPs like this were released in Brazil and by Brazilian artists overseas in these Loronix golden decades? This LP was release during Laurindo years in US and mixes samba with America Jazz. Tracks includes:

01 – Hava Nagila
02 – Acapulco 22
03 – Misirlou
04 – Lisbon Antigua
05 – Desafinado
06 – More
07 – Till Then
08 – Satin Doll
09 – I Left My Heart in San Francisco
10 – What Kind of Fool Am I

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Não tinha este disco, porém o nosso amigo Amilcar indicou uma postagem do blog Musica sem Fronteiras, onde este e outros discos do Laurindo Almeida podem ser buscados.





Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd – Brazilian Soul (1981)

4 08 2011

Link original: Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd – Brazilian Soul (1981)
Publicado em: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 by zecalouro

Although zecalouro lives around guitars and basses, it is a false statement to say that zecalouro he is a musician. If you are beginning your career as a musician, take care of records like this Brazilian Soul, with Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd (1981).

Stay away if you don’t want to listen to music that your will never be good enough to reach their level of playing, big issue for zecalouro.

Run to the cashier if you are confident and want to listen to something that will be your reference for many years.

Brazilian Soul is the first release out of 4 between Laurindo Almeida and the legendary Charlie Byrd, making a quartet on this one with Bob Magnusson (bass) and Milt Holland (percussion). There are nice melodies and high quality guitar techniques that should be rewarding for musician and fans.

The set is full of Bossa Nova classics from Jobim and Brazilian classical pieces. The song Don’t Cry for me Argentina closes the set and seems to be out of place, but works fine.

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Este disco pode ser buscado no Martoni e no IsraBox.





Laurindo de Almeida – Guitar from Ipanema (1964)

2 08 2011

Link original: Laurindo de Almeida – Guitar from Ipanema (1964)
Publicado em: Thursday, July 06, 2006 by zecalouro

Here we go again, now with a almost forgotten and beautiful LP from Laurindo de Almeida, Guitar from Ipanema (1964).

There is a mix of instrumental – where at his best, Laurindo plays softly his acoustic and electric guitar – and songs from a warm female voice, that is so far unrecognized by this lazy green creature. If this voice is from the lady on the cover, double satisfaction to zecalouro.

An easy and good record, full of well known Bossa Nova tunes, such as: The Girl from Ipanama, Um Abraco no Bonfa, Corcovado, etc.

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Este disco pode ser buscado no Blog do Nikita.





Laurindo de Almeida and Bud Shank – Brazilliance Volume 1 (1953)

22 07 2011

Publicado em: Sunday, June 11, 2006 by zecalouro
Link original: Laurindo de Almeida and Bud Shank – Brazilliance Volume 1 (1953)

Laurindo de Almeida is one of those Brazilian musicians that left Brazil to an international career in US. Almost unknown in Brazil. Laurindo recorded with Stan Getz, Herbie Mann, and others getting some success when bossa nova was at its peak.

He helped introduce the Brazilian guitar to jazz and some specialists says that he was already making Bossa Nova in 1953, a couple of years before its beginning by the time Laurindo released with Bud Shank, Brazilliance Volume 1, that zecalouro proudly presents to you.

Let’s ready AMG for a formal introduction to this important album:

More than seven years before Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd introduced the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim to American audiences; guitarist Laurindo Almeida and altoist Bud Shank (in a quartet with bassist Harry Babasin and drummer Roy Harte) recorded the intriguing music heard on this CD reissue. The performances are very close to bossa nova in their combination of cool-toned jazz and Brazilian rhythms; in fact, these are arguably the first bossa nova recordings, long before even Jobim and Joao Gilberto initially recorded. Only four of the 14 tunes (“Speak Low” is heard in two versions) are not based on Brazilian folk songs, and many of the songs (particularly “Carinoso”) are quite memorable. This historically significant, very accessible, and highly recommended release is a gem. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

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Line-up

Laurindo Almeida
Guitar, Main Performer, Performer
Chuck Flores
Drums
Gary Peacock
Bass
Bud Shank
Sax (Alto), Performer
Harry Babasin
Bass

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