A wonderful collection of work by bossa organ maestro Walter Wanderley – a great assortment of mid 60s tunes recorded for Verve
, in a package that goes way past the obvious hits! Wanderley's got an approach to the organ that's unlike anyone else – a lean, clean line that was first forged on bossa and samba recordings in Brazil – then brought to the US in the 60s by Verve
, with even groovier results overall! The 18 tunes here are all from the years 1966 and 1967 – a time when Walter was recording a flurry of sessions with Verve
– on both organ and electric piano, and with a range of American jazz artists and Brazilian percussionists. Marcos Valle plays guitar on a handful of tracks, and even sings a bit too – and some numbers feature vocals, either by the lovely Astrud Gilberto, or the equally great Luiz Henrique – a singer who's not nearly as well known in the reissue market. The track selection is wonderful – and titles include "Cried Cried", "Take A Chance With Me", "A Different Beat", "Mar Amar", "Beloved Melancholy", "Errinho A Toa", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Voce E Eu", "In My Automobile", "On The South Side Of Chicago", "O Menino Desce O Morro", "Sensuous", "It's A Lovely Day Today", "It Hurts To Say Goodbye", and "Minha Saudade".