Link original: Sergio Mendes – Quiet Nights (1963)
Publicado em: Thursday, September 13, 2007 by zecalouro
This is a special repost of one of the greatest accomplishes of Loronix. It is also a tribute to our friend Caetano Rodrigues, a great friend of mine that I could only have the chance to meet through our community. For those who does not know who is Caetano Rodrigues, he is just the greatest Bossa Nova LP collector in Brazil, blessing Loronix on an on-going basis with albums from his personal collection.
I said before and I want to say it again, Caetano’s contribution to our community is such like a once in a lifetime opportunity and this post is to make people understand – specially the new Loronixers – why Caetano is so important to Loronix by making his whole collection available to us to the love he has to the music from Brazil and the great sympath to our website.
This is Sergio Mendes – Quiet Nights (1968), for Philips, one of the rarest Bossa Nova albums, never made available in CD. As I said, Quiet Night is being reposted to homage Caetano and also to address major improvements cover artworks, MP3 files with higher bitrate and the now popular FLAC looseless alternative. I’m keeping original post information adding personnel info, which is still uncertain after months. Tracks include:
(vibes on Insensatez)
Chico Batera or Edison Machado
I decided to make a chronological approach showing excerpts from conversations made until this publishing, as follows:
The first citation from Bossanov, the starter of this post:
August, 28th, 2006 – “Do you have some of the most mysterious Sergio opus – LP Quiet Nights (Philips, 1967 in my opinion or 1963 as mighty http://www.allmusic.com insist?)?”
Frank Oliver Hellmann introduces the mysteries that surrounds this release:
August, 29th, 2006 – “The Quiet Nights album was recorded 1963 or 1964 in USA and was released by Philips not before 1967, after the success of Brazil 66. It has Dave Pike on vibes, Tiao Neto on bass and Chico Batera on drums. It was produced by Eddie Higgins who replaces Pike on one track. The guitar player is not known, but possibly it is Rosinha de Valenca. I have the original LP, this is a great record (real instrumental Bossa Nova) and the only one which is not reissued in CD yet.” zecalouro’s note: I decided to do not push our friend Oliver to get the LP, just to keep the discussion live! 🙂
Caetano Rodrigues shows a real excitement about Quiet Nights:
“This LP was not released in Brazil and was recorded in the USA, February, 1963, just before the anthological Carnegie Hall Show. This LP is FANTASTIC with Sergio backed up by Dave Pike. Eddie Higgins was invited by Dave Pike to play vibes on Insensatez, since Dave was unfamiliar with the harmony. The bass player was Tiao Neto, drumming is credited to Chico Batera. I spoke with Chico Batera to bring more clarification about this LP and Chico said that he did take part at the recording session and is quite sure that Edison Machado did it. The guitar player is still unknown. Hearing the acoustic guitar, it seems that Oscar Castro Neves or even Antonio Carlos Jobim would be playing.”
zecalouro reads today at BJBear71, complimentary information provided by Frank Oliver:
“Pianist Eddie Higgins was working in the recording booth at this session. Dave Pike had been playing vibes during the session but was unfamiliar with the melody for “Insensatez.” The group was running out of studio time, so Higgins started the tape and ran out into the studio and played vibes on this one track. The group was Sergio Mendes’ Brasil ’65. Another track in the album, “Abraco a Sergio,” was composed by Higgins and played by Mendes. The guitar player is unknown but it might be Rosinha de Valenca who was working with Mendes’ Brasil 65. The record was issued in 1967, but was recorded November 1964 or 1965. An interesting note about the session is that Mendes was brought in to record some background music for the Seeburg Company and was VERY upset when Philips put it out later as an album. That was not supposed to happen.”
Take your own conclusions. Some mysteries are still to be revealed. Take your time to discuss at Loronix Forum with our peers about this LP. Together, we can have all the answers revealed.
Before you run away to get the LP, please send your virtual compliments to Caetano Rodrigues who provided this record without noticing, just reading those initial comments from Bossanov and Frank Oliver. Thanks Caetano for another strike, our community should acclaim Quiet Nights.
01 – Desafinado (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
02 – One Note Samba (Samba de Uma Nota Só) (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
03 – Morning Of The Carnival (Manhã de Carnaval) (Luis Bonfá / Antônio Maria)
04 – Meditação (Meditation) (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
05 – The Tower (Tiao Neto)
06 – O Peixe (B. Traut)
07 – Quiet Nights (Corcovado) (Tom Jobim)
08 – Só Danço Samba (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
09 – Insensatez (How Insensitive) (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
10 – Amor Em Paz (Love In Peace) (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)
11 – Infinity (Dave Pike)
12 – Abraço a Sergio (E. Higgins)
Esse disco pode ser buscado na Rádio Forma e Elenco do Martoni.