The programme this week was inspired by the recent Brazilian Flipside Festival at Snape Maltings in Suffolk UK. This reminded me of the rich variety of the music from Brazil and the links much of it has to jazz. So it was time for a programme of Brazilian music and a commitment to play more in future weeks. Click the MixCloud button and sample the treats for yourself!
I could not resist playing again three of my all-time favourite Brazilian classics from Lo Borges, Joyce (see the YouTube video below) and Tenorio Jr.. The last two would feature in any list of my favourite tunes of all time. The version of Ain’t No Sunshine by the accordionist and guitarist Sivuca would rate pretty highly for me too.
Milton Nascimento had jazz greats Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock on board as guests on his Milton album, from which I played Saudas e Baudeiras. Contemporary jazz was represented by the Otis Trio from their 2014 release 74 Club and a tune from the excellent Lovely Arthur album by Bruno E.
Airto Moreira has appeared as a drummer/percussionist on hundreds of records of many famous jazz artists. The ending of his Celebration Suite will be familiar to many people – I just wish it went on longer.
DJ Gilles Peterson appeared at Flipside and it felt time to play something from Sonzeira Bam Bam Bam, an inspiring and varied selection of Brazilian tunes featuring guest vocalists, young and old, backed by a group of creative and skilful musicians assembled in Rio. Aquarela do Brasil (Watercolour of Brazil to correct what I said on the programme) was composed by Ary Barroso in 1939 and has become almost a national anthem of Brazil. On Sonzeira it is sung by the 77 year old Brazilian Elza Soares, one of the top Brazilian vocalists of all time.
If you want to get hold of some of this and other Brazilian music there are three British labels: Far Out, Mr. Bongo and Soul Jazz Records who can supply you with all your wants and needs.
- Paulinho da Costa – Taj Mahal from BGP Presents Jazz Funk
- Milton Nascimento – Saidas e Baudeiras from Milton
- Lo Borges – Tudo Que Voce Podia from Blue Brazil I
- Joyce – Aldeia do Ogum from Samba Jazz and Outras Bossas
- Tenorio Jr. – Nebulosa from Brazilian Beats I
- Bruno E – Esperanca (for Silvia) from Lovely Arthur
- Otis Trio – Tempestade from Club 74
- Sonzeira feat Elza Soares – Aquarela do Brasil from Sonzeira Bam Bam Bam
- Sivuca – Ain’t No Sunshine from London Jazz Classics 2
- Airto Moreira – Celebration Suite from Brazilian Beats I
- Mandrake Som – Berimbau from Blue Brazil I
- Quarteto Novo – Fica Mal Com Deus from Bossa Jazz