Baden Powell – Tristeza On Guitar (1966/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:48 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © MPS
Brazilian guitar maestro Baden Powell’s seminal years with producer Joachim-Ernst Berendt and MPS stretch from 1966 to 1975, with a total of two sets of three LPs. Tristeza On Guitar was the beginning of this nine-year collaboration. The repertoire is in no way characterized by sadness, as the title might cause one to believe. It embraces a sublime spectrum ranging from a ritual feel to exuberant carnival atmosphere on through to intimate songs with a singable quality.
Baden clothes the title piece, the famous bittersweet samba from Haroldo Lobo and Niltinho, in a dance-like virtuoso succession of variations. He fashions the theme Manha De Carnaval from the movie Black Orpheus into a ritualistic celebration of pain. The pieces dedicated to the gods of the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religion (Canto de Xangô, Canto de Ossanha) are central to the album. They originate from the “Afro-sambas” music cycle completed four years earlier; here they have flowered to perfection. Monk’s Round Midnight takes on the colors of a balmy tropical evening; the studio’s ingenious use of space helps create the appropriately mysterious atmosphere. And in the middle lies a valuable solo inlay: Bahian poet Dorival Caymmi’s unadorned song Das Rosas transformed into a serenade on the strings. Today, over half a century later, one still succumbs to this fascinating “gateway drug” – the first MPS album of this Brazilian maestro.
01 – Tristeza
02 – Canto De Xango
03 – Round About Midnight
04 – Sarava
05 – Canto De Ossanha
06 – Manha De Carneval
07 – Invencao Em 7 1/2
08 – Das Rosas
09 – Som Do Carnaval
10 – O Astronauta
Produced by Joachim E. Berendt & Wadi Gebara Netto.
Recorded on June 1-2, 1966 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Baden Powell – guitar, agogo, surdo
Copinha – flute
Alfredo Bessa – cuica
Amauri Coelho – pandeiro
Sergio Barroso – bass
Milton Banana – drums