Gently sophisticated work from Chico Buarque – a set of beautifully intimate tunes, recorded with a a care that's really great for the music! The backings are somewhat large, but quite spacious too – opened up in ways that allow for plenty of space for the vocals – sung by Chico in that warm, raspy tone we always love so much. There's a nice degree of acoustic guitar right upfront – played by Luiz Claudio Ramos – but in ways that are different than any sort of bossa use of the instrument – more to just underscore a nicely fragile quality in the singing. Titles include "Baticum", "Trapacas", "Uma Palavra", "Valsa Brasileira", "Tanta Saudade", and "A Mais Bonita". LP, Vinyl record album
Dede Da Portela/Rixa/Rogerinho/Silvinho Da Portela —
Portela ... CD BMG (Brazil), Late 80s/1990s. Used ...
Classic instrumental choros from 40s Brazil – originally issued as 78rpm singles, but gathered here with better fidelity for a 1966 RCA album. The work is a key glimpse of the choro style at its best – and features flute work by Benedicto Lacerda, plus great saxophone from the legendary Pixinquinha – either playing solo, or in duets with Lacerda. Titles include "Solucos", "Atraente", "Andre De Sapato Novo", "Lingua De Preto", "Naquele Tempo", and "O Cato E O Canario". CD
2CD set that culls together a huge amount of historic recordings by the reed player who was as important to Brazil as Coleman Hawkins was to America! Many of the tracks on here date back to the 30s, 40s, and 50s – and they're excellent examples of the strong musical influence that Pixinguinha had on Brazilian popular music. Tracks include "Tico Tico No Fuba", "Ingenuo", "Um A Zero", "Lamentos", "Rosa", "Carinhoso", "Luzia No Frevo", "La Re", "Segura Ele", and "Paciente". 28 tracks in all, with notes and photos! CD