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I felt like doing something a little different this week for my Jazz bloggery. Latin rythms have been a part of Jazz since its inception. Jelly Roll Morton is known to have insisted that Jazz include the “Latin Tinge,” and Jazz and Latin Music have had a relationship ever since. But…um…what the heck is “Latin Music???”

And that’s what I want to start to address here. Clearly Cuban music is different from Brazilian music and beyond that Cuban music is diverse and Brazilian music even more so. And beyond that is all the other great music from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, The English Speaking Caribbean, the French speaking Caribbean, DR. etc. Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and Brazil were particular centers of European derived classical music in the 19th and into the 20th century. And of course there are the ways in which the musics of Brazil and Cuba/Puerto Rico--as well as elsewhere in The Americas—are connected through the African diaspora.  But for Jazz and American popular music in general, Brazilian and Cuban/Puerto Rican music have loomed very large.

It would be a mistake to try and tackle both, Brazil and the Spanish speaking Caribbean, in the same diary. And since I got to sleep last night at 4am after getting home from a gig with a band doing a show that features the material of Santana and other Salsa influenced rock tunes (we’ll do ‘Late in the Evening’ and add a montuno at the end, do “Good Love” like a Salsa. It’s a fun gig and I get to improvise alot)…this week its Brazilian music. There’s lot I do not know about Brazilian music, but I know a lot more than most Americans.

So please sit back, grab a capirinha, and tumble through the orange portal south of the equator

The United States of America is an incredibly rich and diverse musical place. There is so much variety that it’s really breathtaking if you think about it. Brazil is our rival in this. And there are amazing Brazilian academics who have chronicled the musicological history of Brazil. I think it’s important to recognize that things like Samba and Rhumba/Mambo and Jazz all develop into being around the same time.  There are a variety of things going on at the same time historically: French tourists in Rio wanting to see performances of Samba while in the United States, prohibition and the creation of the speak easy’s fule and fund the development of Jazz. 1920’s Jazz becomes popular worldwide, this affects song writing and performance worldwide including Latin America. Conventions and ideas contained within popular music in the 1920s, largely indistinguishable from Jazz at this point in time, diffuse and combine with popular music practices globally, which is further coordinated through the invention and institutionalization of radio. Ya, globalization through telecommunications began a century ago.

Theador Adorno called this process the democratization of music. It has its pluses and its minuses. The pluses are things like how radio brings classical music to the working class and folkloric music to a larger audience. And of course this leads to hybridization.

Brazilian is not just about Samba. It’s also about Choro. Here are two Choro’s. The first written by one of Brazil’s great classical composers, Villa-Lobos, March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959. The second one features one of Brazil’s great players of this sort of music, Baden Powel, August 6, 1937 – September 26, 2000

Samba like in its rhythms, yes. But key is the guitar rhythms and the sort of melodies. Here is some Samba

It’s actually a pain looking for good authentic samba from the 30s on youtube. Youtube is full of more recent Samba and some things have changed over the years. And a lot of those clips of recent carnaval parades and celebrations.

But of course there is this…you can def hear the Samba and the choro. But also you can hear the song format being shaped by American popular music/Jazz

BTW…the was Groucho’s only feature film without the other Brothers. It’s no “Duck Soup”.  
At the end of the 50s, there’s a new sort of renewal in interest in things Brazilian. There was a brief democratic government after the fall of Getulio Vargas. There was the effort to construct Brasilia, the current capitol of Brazil. There was “Black Orpheus”

Film is a powerful medium in Brazil as well. I’m sure lots of DK’ers can think of recent excellent Brazilian films.

Geo-politically, the United States has historically approached Brazil as the lynchpin to South America. There are significant oil and mining interests in Brazil and major American players involved in developing these industries in Brazil in the 50s. US-Latin America relationships in the 50s are complicated and manipulative, but Brazil doesn’t get the United Fruit treatment. Brazil gets relationships of “partnership.” (its ok to imagine Mr. Burns saying “excellent” while lightning crackles in the background at this point) And cultural exchange.

In the late 1950s. the US State Department sent a group of American Jazz musicians to Brazil on a cultural exchange/exposure sort of tour. Jazz had become popular in Brazil. The story generally goes that various “Frank Sinatra Fan Clubs” started popping up where Brazilians would get together and listen to Sinatra and the other big bands of the 30s and 40s. One young man who just loved this music was named Antonio Carlos Jobim, January 25, 1927 – December 8, 1994.

When the Jazz musicians got back to the States, they told tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991, that he should check out what’s going on in Rio and that the music there would fit his sound. What follows includes the greatest song ever heard in an elevator.

I’m not going to get into Stan Getz’s jazz career here. He did a lot to popularize the Bossa Nova and made some great records this way…but he did not innovate this music. He loved this music, but he also saw an opportunity to join in and had a tremendous amount of success because of that.


Recognize that one? Hehe. That one was redone by Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 and became a huge hit. Its gets very saccharine. One can imagine how this could appeal to a crowd raised on the Rat Pack while being resistant to RnR.

But…the changes and events of the 60s were also not limited to Height Ashbury and Piccadilly Circus. Nor, sadly, Vietnam. In 1965, a new military government takes control of Brazil. Legend has it that they asked LBJ for permission, to which he agreed. In the scheme of the cold war, the notion was that if Brazil could be kept from communism, South America would likely remain stable. This is post Castro, but pre Pinochet. And if I’m not mistaken, as military governments go, this one could have been worse. I remember once reading that less than a 1000 people were “disappeared.” That probably doesn’t include private death squads taking out street kids and such. But this is not Pinochet and 20,000 in a soccer stadium being taken out or the horror of Argentina in the late 70s. Fascists’ vs Communists. Any one notice that we sorta sided with the Communists in WWII—however tentatively—and have sided with the fascists ever since?

And then there were….The Beatles. A new generation of Brazilian musicians who were consuming all the English speaking musics, but who also came from Bahia (mostly) and relocated in Rio. At first its called the Tropicalia movement. Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Maria Bethania, Tom Ze, Os Mutantes. But now we can see I as the start of MPB, musica populaire brasiliero.

Some of it gets a bit psychedelic

Bunch of freakin’ hippies! Hippies who go to the UK in exile from said military government. One thing that military dictatorships really don’t like is freedom of expression and the members of the Tropicalia movement wanted nothing but freedom of expression.

Caetano writes this next one about London. The “flying saucers” he refers to are the helicopters and other tools of military surveillance he had come to know in his homeland.

Meanwhile back in Rio there are people like Chico Buarque. IN the 60s, Buarque established himself as a poet and even a playwrite. And in Brazil, there were annual song writing contest and winners would have their lyrics published in the newspapers and such.

The following song is called Calice. It is a song full of catholic imagery and the symbolism of the sacraments. “Calice” means chalice. “Calice” is also a homophone with “cali-se” which means “shut up”. So while on one level this is a very lovely catholic song about a man talking with his father during a crisis of faith. And on another level it is a protest song against the control of the press and the lack of freedom of speech. The chorus line can be read as “Father, take this chalice from me.” Or “Father, take this gag order off of me”. The dark beauty of all of this is that besides being a huge hit in Brazil, the lyrics got published in the newspapers and government didn’t realize what was going on. There are stories of a concert where Buarque was to perform and the police had figured out what the lyrics meant. They tried to shut off his PA system to keep him from singing the song, but they turned the mics off one at a time. So Buarque would sing the word “Calice” at one mic and they would turn it off and then he would go to the next one….in essence he sings “Shut up” into the mic and then it is cut off and he runs to the next etc etc. Now THAT is “punk rock”!

Hey….there was two guys singing lead on that! The second man was Milton Nascimento. The influence Milton has had on Jazz has been immense. You cannot listen to Pat Metheney or 1970s Wayne Shorter or just about any fusion…and unfortunately smooth jazz too…and not hear his influence.

Back in the 1990s when I was really getting into all things Brazilian (I’ve been to Brazil a few times. I’ve studied Portuguese. I changed plans, but I had intended to do an anthropology PhD dissertation in Brazil. I did graduate level course work on the anthropology of brazil), I saw an ad in Down beat magazine that read something like “Imagine if Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or Exile on Main street had been unavailable in the united States for 15 years. Now on CD: Milton Nascimento, Clube do Esquina vol 1 and 2.”

Volume one is that good.

These two are also done Los Borges, a guitar player/singer. Both he and Milton hail from Minas Gerais and bring in different influences from the other music. Much of the Bossa Nova stems from Rio. The pioneers of MPB I shared above also sort of break out within Rio, but are actually from the State known as Bahia.

He is prolific throughout the 70s and not one thing from the 70s is boring or substandard.

There is so much more Brazilian music to hear. The old hardcore, The Bossa Nova, Jobim, Astrid Gilberto, Jorge Ben, Milton Nascimento all probably hold the biggest influence on American Jazz, and of course it’s a two way street. Two more great tunes…

Just a personal favorite from the great Djavan

And one more from Gilberto Gil. This one was written for the film, Quilombo, which deserves to be redone with a Hollywood budget.

That’s more than enough music for one day. Ive left a lot out with regard to Brazilian music. I haven't given you anything here recorded later than 1982. Brazilian music has changed and developed in many ways. Forro, Brazilian hip-hop, heavy metal/folkloric hybrids, the influence of Bob Marley, Marisa Monte, Olodum and Ile Aiye.  I could do a whole other diary on Bossa Nova alone.

But I wanted to get some stuff out there, if only as reference points for future diaries. Back to the basics of Miles and Trane next week. Thanks for listening! And don’t forget to support your local Jazz musicians.

Note Diary title Edited for better Portuguese grammar

Originally posted to An Ear for Music on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 03:17 PM PDT.

Also republished by Community Spotlight.


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  •  Outstanding Diary (7+ / 0-)

    I love love love love love Os Mutantes.

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    by tarkangi on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 03:41:19 PM PDT

  •  Thanks, Evolution! (4+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, barleystraw, carolanne, StrayCat

    Thanks for another outstanding compilation.  It just so happens that, as I read this piece, I'm listening to some great Brazilian stuff on the Latin Jazz show on KCSM ( with Chuy Varela.  He always puts on an excellent show, Sundays from 2 to 6 PM.  Y'all get over there and give a listen.

    Thanks again, Evolution....

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  •  A nice crossroads piece here, Bernstein's MAMBO (6+ / 0-)

    performed by the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel with plenty of audience participation.

    Thanks for your wonderful diary.

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    by martyc35 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 04:08:34 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for the nice diary - please fix title (5+ / 0-)

    Should be brasileira (EI then A, to agree with musica).

    Oh, and I vote for Chico Buarque, though Ivan Lins is a close second.  Gosh, these are all people from my youth!

  •  I voted for Jorge Ben (5+ / 0-)

    Because of this:

  •  mas que nada (3+ / 0-)
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    barleystraw, carolanne, Mogolori

    certainly found its way around the globe:

    i have an italian version in my collection as well.  i've been on the lookout for one in japanese too-i'm sure there's one out there!

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 05:16:05 PM PDT

  •  Impossible to pick (3+ / 0-)
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    barleystraw, carolanne, Mogolori

    between Joao Gilberto and Jorge Ben, plus I do love Gal Costa.

    and O Trem Azul is a forever favorite.

    So much gorgeous music, thanks for putting this all together, I can't wait to sit down when I have time to get turned on to some I've missed out on

  •  Thanks for giving me a jumping off place (2+ / 0-)
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    carolanne, Mogolori

    for learning more about this musical genre.  Although I have heard a bit of it in the past, my knowledge of it is pretty much nonexistent.

  •  Wonderful diary, thank you! (2+ / 0-)
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    tarkangi, Mogolori

    I've sampled only a few of the selections; have hotlisted this to return to when I have more time.

    I know very little about this music, so I'm eager to learn and hear more.

    Thanks again.

  •  Carlinhos Brown! (1+ / 0-)
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    great diary...

  •  Like Oscar Wilde might say: A post of parts (2+ / 0-)
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    Mogolori, StrayCat

    from far and wide and in the best tradition of beauty in jazz, Brazilian style.  How sweet it is to have this post on my index to let it injuse me with it's musical virtuosity.

  •  I voted for Ivan Lins. Congrats on making Communit (2+ / 0-)
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    I tried to embed She Walks This Earth from "Jobiniando", his 2002 Grammy nominated album in the "Best Latin Album" category, but it's tagged "embedding disabled by request".  But I did find Ivan and Lee Ritenour doing Harlequin:

    Oh, and congrats on making Community Spotlight

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    by watercarrier4diogenes on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 06:29:23 PM PDT

  •  Another great diary, Evolution! (2+ / 0-)
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    Reminds me of my life in the 80's going to the NY Club - SOB's (Sounds of Brazil). They brought in Brazilian, AFro-Cuban, Salsa and African groups. Man the place was HOT! Thx again for your work.

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    by Aint Supposed to Die a Natural Death on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 06:33:26 PM PDT

  •  So happy you included (2+ / 0-)
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    the talented songwriter, Chico Buarque. I lived in Brasil for over a year during the "abertura," when he released his eponymous album. I translated the album for myself, because I wanted to know what the songs were about. What a joy to learn the amazing lyrics! One of the other songs on the album was banned at the time for sexual content (O Meu Amor). One of the cleverest of the songs, Tanto Mar, which is really about the Portugeuse revolution of 1973, and Chico Buarque's hope that the revolution would be exported to Brasil. But for s.heer fun, Feijoada Completa (Bean Stew) and Pivete (about the street urchins, bittersweet, but funny).

    Now I'm going to have to go back through your diary and read the whole thing, and listen to all the songs. I can't wait!

  •  Manfredo Fest Keyboards (1+ / 0-)
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    I first met Manfredo in Chicago in the mid 70's.I believe he had come up with Brazil 66 and stayed. At that time he lived in Minneapolis and would come to Chicago every few weeks to perform. Later, after I moved to Florida, he ended up here too  and we hooked up occasionally just to hang. He was way out of my league but helped me learn some of his tunes though I never got to play them with him. Unfortunately he passed way too soon though he did leave a legacy of some superb recordings.

  •  Cartola's "Alegria" (1+ / 0-)
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    Classic samba composer and singer.

  •  You could post this same diary every day (0+ / 0-)

    for a month and I would recommend it every day for a month.  

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    by Mogolori on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 08:22:23 PM PDT

  •  Brazil has some great music. (0+ / 0-)

    I got turned on to it from Chuy Varela's Sunday 2-6 pm show on KCSM.

  •  Os Mutantes (0+ / 0-)

    This was the sound track to my finding the great love of my life.

    o caminho d'ouro, uma pinga de mel: Parati

    by tarkangi on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 09:09:24 PM PDT

  •  what, no Elaine Elias? (1+ / 0-)
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    You could devote an entire diary to her.

    Obrigado for this most excellent diary.

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    by ozsea1 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 10:50:29 PM PDT

  •  New Brazilian music (0+ / 0-)

    you have posted the great old stuff but tghere is also new good stuff continually appearing there. Under a mountain of bad pop music (of which Claudia Leitte isnt even the worst).

    the recent developments in the vanguardia paulistana alone is enough to fill many days of diaries.

    and you can expect me to give examples too!

    maybe the best fusion jazz (if you call it that) of the new generation is Kiko Dinucci. No, Thiago Franca. Oh hell who can decide.

    oh this also has Jucara Marcal, great singer and music conservatory prof:

    that brings me to the pleasure of new popular afrobrasileiro music:

    not jazz, but people want to have their fun!

    And out of the same stable, now moving to Belo Horizonte, the place with THE best music of Brazil:

    Belo Horizonte is where Zaika lives !! (close enough, Contagem):

    (she runs a little music school to get young kids off the streets.)
    Back to the south -- this isnt really new anymore but the band was a concentrate of the vanguardia  - Iara Renno, Maria Portugal, Andreia Dias - :

    that is just a way too short list of some of the new stuff of Brazil. its realy a limitless cess-pit of talent down there. Never saw a comparable richness anywhere.

    oh one last - Karina Buhr plays Neue Deutsche Welle :)

    •  Brazil is an unending fountain (1+ / 0-)
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      of fabulous music!

      Ya, I clearly stated that nothing I posted is later than 1982...and thats just the Gilberto Gil performance of Quilombo! Everything I posted is 70s or 60s.

      I didnt make the point clear enough: There is ALWAYS something new and great coming from Brazil!

      thanks for adding new stuffs! sounds great, I didnt know any of this stuff

      I cant tell if its a West End musical or Marxism in action.

      by Evolution on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 06:02:52 AM PDT

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  •  The music of Candomblé - Afro-Brazilian (2+ / 0-)
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    religion has also helped to shape and form what we think of as Brazilian musics.  The sacred ritual music has diffused into popular culture.

    One of todays' most beautiful voices out of Brazil who often sings of the Orixás is Virginia Rodrigues

    I love her Canto de Iemanja (Yemaya) in whose honor millions of Brazilians dress in white for the new year and jump the waves at the beach for she is the mother deity of the ocean.

    She opens her album Nos singing to Pombajira, the
    powerful Umbanda female entity. She segues into Elegibô (Uma Historia De Ifa) made popular by Margareth Menezes


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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 01:45:02 AM PDT

    •  of course it has! (2+ / 0-)
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      In an earlier draft of the diary I referenced Fernando Ortiz and transculturation and also synchronicity. But that part found its way to the cutting room floor.

      I made the mistake of making things too long last week when I wrote about Jazz vocalists. I didn't want to do that again. I also didnt want to engage in a major exploration of Bahia and Salvador in this diary.

      Plus, this is a jazz dairy series about Jazz. So my goal was to highlight the Brazilian music most influential on Jazz music. Most Jazz musicians dont know about Axe music as its more pop oriented and not as richly harmonic as other styles (that is not a value judgement, it is a musicological reality).

      Or put more simply in a way that perhaps only Ms Velez and a few others will really understand: I had to keep the anthropologist in me "in check" and let the musician in me just share good music. If I start writing about Candomble, the anthropologist will take over and then next thing you know Im writing about race and identity in Brazil and posting tunes with an agenda besides "this is good music!"...all of which is cool and valuable but gets away from the point behind the diaries.

      Of course it would let me tell stories about attending Umbanda ceremonies in Rio and Candomble ceremonies in Bahia. Or tell the ZUmbi/Palmares story....for which I actually have some of the actual archeological reports on.

      One cant tell the entire history of brazilian music in one diary and 15 musical clips! You cant do that for the USA either. And anything that we might say stems from the mid 70s formation of Ile Aiye including all of the musical movements from Bahia since the 1980s is absolutely left out of this diary....because engaging in that stuff would create another diary just as long as this one. So Ill do that in the future.

      I cant tell if its a West End musical or Marxism in action.

      by Evolution on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 06:23:13 AM PDT

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  •  Yesssss (0+ / 0-)

    Ah, here's the post I've been waiting for.  Gonna have to come back to this one when I have a couple hours to listen.

    In regards to Mas Que Nada, yeah, Sergio Mendes' version is a bit much (a lot of their stuff is a bit too sweet, but sometimes they get it right).  The best version of this song, in my opinion, is Tamba Trio's:

    Nailed it.

  •  Great summary of Brazilian music, I would add (0+ / 0-)

    Egberto Gismonti.
    Argentina next time?  Argentina, Brazil, and the UK are about the only places besides the US and some parts of Africa with really innovative popular music.  France, Germany, Italy?  Somewhat embarrassing.

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    by richardvjohnson on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 05:56:13 AM PDT

    •  er.....I think you missings a few places... (1+ / 0-)
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      Argentina. Brazil and the UK have created a tremendous amount of incredible music.

      but I think you are forgetting about Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico and DR. Not to mention the large number of excellent Mexican artists. And the variety of stuff from Colombia. And the far less known Afro-Peruvian music!

      While I have deeply personal relationship with things Argentinian, including having been a local tango social events in Buenos Aires (not to mention a past "romance" with someone now gone from my life)...outside of Tango, I really couldnt say much about popular music in argentina.

      I will say this....after bopping around Buenos Aires for a few days in 2000, my friend's father asked me how I liked Buenos Aires and I told him it was somewhat like walking through a Felini film. He responded by saying "NO! Is two Feleni movies! One is not enough!"

      I cant tell if its a West End musical or Marxism in action.

      by Evolution on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 06:32:26 AM PDT

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      •  Great BA story...everyone always said BA was like (0+ / 0-)

        Paris but I thought it was more like Rome and Madrid.  I confess to a lifelong aversion to Mexican, Caribbean, and Andean music...I don't know of any I would call 'innovative' by which I mean partaking of elements of advanced 'classical' music as the best American jazz and Brazilian and Argentinian music always have, and as French, German, and Italian pop music conspicuously have failed to.  I guess I require a certain degree of harmonic complexity - which lets out most American 'folk' and 'rock'.

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        by richardvjohnson on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:54:19 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks. Wonderful diary, will come back to it. (0+ / 0-)

    Learned Spanish at home form  a Mom devoted to multiculturalism.  Grandma was an Opera singer, brother collected Mahalia.  One day in San Francisco in the 60s we heard this great music coming from Golden Gate Park across the street.  It was a great little band that practiced in the park on Sundays and we started going with a  blanket and a bottle of wine to share.  The bandleader was Carlos Santana and they played real good for free. Later I found a Bola Sete album and couldn't stop listening to it.  I am basically not one to intellectualize my pleasures, but this article is a  terrific opening and a delight for me.  Thanks again.  Latin jazz is totally under appreciated in the US.  Thanks for helping to remedy that.

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    by SGWM on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:05:21 AM PDT

    •  "played real good for free" (1+ / 0-)
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      isnt that a David Crosby line?

      Glad you enjoyed the diary! Ill be back to American Jazz next week...but Cuban/Puerto Rican music looms on the horizon.

      I cant tell if its a West End musical or Marxism in action.

      by Evolution on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:12:18 AM PDT

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      •  Joni Mitchell (1+ / 0-)
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        It's a great and dare I say moving tune:

        Beautiful melody with ballad lyrics only Joni could write.

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        by Satya1 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:38:46 AM PDT

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        •  Thank you. I gave away all my vinyl years ago and (1+ / 0-)
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          never replaced it with digital as I'd promised myself.  Nice to hear her again.

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          by SGWM on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:28:02 PM PDT

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  •  Wonderful diary and comments (0+ / 0-)

    I haven't had decent access to a variety of Brasilian music, but I will be exploring Nascimento a lot more now.  For some reason, I keep hitting bassa nova groups I guess and the vocalists I hear don't project their voices much.  I find it sleep inducing and I swear sometimes they're mumbling because they don't know the words!  ;-)

    By the way, one American jazz artist to pick up on the Brasilian style was Vince Guaraldi as he was influenced by Black Orpheus:

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:46:17 AM PDT

  •  Great Diary! (0+ / 0-)

    You're right, there is not a lot of Samba from the 30's on You Tube, but there is one great composer who has a few tracks available - the great Noel Rosa. Here is his first big hit, Com Que Roupa?

    There is also a great movie about his life called, Noel, Poeta da Vila (Noel, the Poet of Vila Isabel, a Rio neighborhood), which tells the very short and amazing life story of this great composer, who did for Brazilian popular music what Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael did for jazz and American popular music.

    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day"

    by Rico on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:36:31 AM PDT

  •  Another interesting tidbit (0+ / 0-)

    If you haven't, watch Life Aquatic with Bill Murray.  A great movie but it also features a Brasilan performer working on some David Bowie songs throughout the movie.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 12:50:12 PM PDT

  •  "The Frog" (0+ / 0-)

    A RA ( The Frog) Eliane Elias live in Marseille

    sorry, can't embed...

    check out - from the youtube page -  "Eliane Elias Bossa Nova Stories EPK"

    “Vote for the party closest to you, but work for the movement you love.” ~ Thom Hartmann 6/12/13

    by ozsea1 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 01:37:42 PM PDT

  •  Wow! Hella wow! Great diary! (0+ / 0-)

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 06:54:18 PM PDT

  •  Abrigado! I discovered Musica Brasileira when (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    a friend who was doing graduate research in the rainforest brought back a tape cassette of Gal Costa. I loved it and still do. Not understanding a word of it except of course Baby made it all the better. My friend also had a cassette of Tim Maia, another mystery at the time. The net was still far in the future. Tim Maia! Jazz or not, how could you leave him out?  

    What do the words mean even when you learn what they mean? How could Djavan come up with Açaí and have it become so popular?

    Jorge Ben must be a fun guy! See his W Brasil video and the time he lured Gal onstage and they sang Que Pena as best they could. Speaking of fun, how about the Sina duet of Djavan and Caetano? There are a  couple duets of Gal and Maria doing Oração a mãe Menininha. In one they are dressed appropriately for a religious song, in the other not so much and Gal is cracking up while trying to sing. Speaking of religion not, listen to Maia's Brother Father Sister Mother: "There. is. no. god."

    Science in song: Gil's Quanta, a serious yet popular treatment of quantum theory. Is there anything else in the world like it?

    As you can guess, I'm not into music theory but I still love Brasilian music. Thanks again.

  •  So glad you included Águas de Março (0+ / 0-)

    (Waters of March) When Ellis sings it, it's one of my favorite songs of any language, genre, or time period.

    (sorry if the subject line gets garbled from including diacritic marks -- it looks good in the preview)

  •  THanks again all (0+ / 0-)

    thank for listening everyone! Im glad so many enjoyed this diary. mutio obrigado

    I cant tell if its a West End musical or Marxism in action.

    by Evolution on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 09:32:16 PM PDT

  •  The 2002 film that examines the roots of samba as (0+ / 0-)

    the rest of the world knows it is worth a look. Moro no Brasil, as released in English with a completely different meaning Sound of Brasil, introduces in particular the extremely rich traditions of the Nordeste (Northeastern region) little known up here in the north. There are a number of distinct traditions in the state of Pernambuço alone. From [this in Portuguese frevo, maracatu, caboclinho, ciranda, coco e samba] a few:

    frevo, maracatu (two forms: Naçao and Rural), caboclinho, ciranda, coco and samba
    Frevo is the carnival music of Recife. A clip from the film shows the speed of the steps

    And then there is "cowboy" and "country" that is older than modern forro.  Luiz Gonzaga with O Cheiro da Carolina and then the classic, haunting Asa Branca with nostalgia of the hard, dry interior, the sertão, of the Nordeste—an area not really in the minds of most when they think of the country and its music.

    and the hard life and death of the vaqueiro:

    And that doesn't even touch Salvador and Bahia with its even more intense African heritage.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 07:02:50 AM PDT

  •  great diary! (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for this!   Loving it all, and then some!   Eagerly awaiting Maria Rita's upcoming samba album, and Gil's upcoming tribute to Joao Gilberto that he made with the Moreno/Domenico/Kassin trio!

    Twitter is a great way to keep in touch with all this musical stew.

    One name you omitted which I think belongs in the poll: JOao Nogueira.  Oh, and Vinicius De Moraes.  Oh, and Paulo Cesar Pinheiro....   8>)

  •  Fantastic diary. Major ommission though (0+ / 0-)

    Hermeto Pascoal (O Bruxo)

    One of the most talented musicians ever, IMHO.

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 10:10:52 AM PDT

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