This will be the first post of Brasilian music here at Fidels Eyeglasses.. with more to come.
I own about 32 LP's by the late Elis Regina, this one I had never heard before.
What can I say... simply this recording "Elis Especial" is amazing.
The cover art, a very striking high contrast black and white photo of her sitting with her shoes off on some rocks or on the ground is fabulous!
Elis recorded her first LP "Viva a Brotolandia" in 1961 at the age of 16.... this recording was done in 1968 which makes her 22 years old at the time. (I'm sure you'll correct me if my math is off)
I love Alcione, Elza Soares, Elizeth Cardoso, Leny Andrade and a half dozen others ....
BUT THERE WAS ONLY ONE ELIS REGINA!
As a musician, I can say Elis Regina is truly is a "musicians musician"
Swinging sessions by the late diva. Ripped from the 1988 Egrem LP.
With musicians: Merceditas Valdés Timbales - The late Guillermo "Barretico" Barreto (her husband) Tumbadoras - The late Tata Güines & the late Luis Abreu (Papines) Bongoes - Roberto Garcia Bass - Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez Piano - Pedro Coto & the late Frank Emilio Flynn Acoustic guitar - Carlos Emilio Morales (Irakere) Trumpets - The late Jorge Varona (Irakere) Flute & Baritone Sax - Jawel Zaiba
'Doris De La Torre' The original '58-'59 LP cover.
This will be the first of a few posts this weekend by two Cuban "Divas", this first one by Doris De La Torre, the next one by Omara Portuondo ('61).
This Doris De La Torre and her LP "Tu Dominas" from either 1958 or 1959. 'Doris De La Torre' was an important singer within the early part of the Cuban song movement known as Filin' (Feeling). Doris came from 'Felipes Dulzaide's' group, in which she was the main vocalist. She also played Vibraphone and guitar. Unfortunately this is the only LP she ever recorded in the 1950's. Her unique style is lush, romantic and VERY sensuous. And is in perfect harmony with the eight core musicians on this LP. (You can hear one track in the player on this blogs portal page.)
There is also a song Doris De La Torre sings on this LP track #5 "Ada" she sings in a combination of Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and even Yiddish!
The Orchestra Arranged, conducted by Maestro Eddy Gaytán, an Accordionist, Vibraphone player bandleader who was born in 1929 in Argentina, but who moved to Cuba in 1950.
You can watch an old early 1960-62 video from Cuban T.V. with him playing with Rosita Fornes on Youtube: Here
The song in the video is "Noches De Moscu" probably '60-'62 when Russias foot was "in the door" She's wearing what looks like a "Houndstooth" patterned dress. This is really a great LP, a real example of the early Filin' style. Eddy Gaytan's Arrangments are lush, romantic and with just the right amount of Vibes and Accordion in spots not to be overbearing. Awesome bass Clarinette and acoustic Bass playing! Superb "brush work" by De Los Reyes on trap drums, Pablo Cano's electric guitar swings.
1. Tu Dominas
2. En La Duda
3. Una Rara Sensacion
7. Amorado Encuentro
8. En La Imaginacion
9. No Me Culpes (Don't Blame Me)
10. Envenename Los Labios
11. Me Recordaras
12. Criatura De Sol
13. Para Que Illusionarme
14. Si Alguien
Musicans / Musicos
Piano - Philipe Yanez
Bajo - Orlando "Papito" Hernández
Drums - Walfredo De Los Reyes Sr.
Saxofon - Jesús Caunedo
Guitar - Pablo Cano
Trumpet - Alejando "El Negro" Vivar
Arpa/Harp - Miriam Sinca
Tumbadoras (Congas) - Antonio Machado
"Que Tienes Titina?" Raúl Planas singing with Carlos Barberias Orq. Kubavana Panart LP late 1950's
Planas is amazing, at the time of this recording, still a young man. Barberia's big band "Orq. Kubavana" kills with swinging arrangements! (including the boleros) The 'Peñalver' brothers in the Sax section.
1. A la quimbamba (Samba-Guaracha)
2. Cosas del alma (Bolero)
3. Nagüe (Rumba-Afro)
4. No lo digas (Bolero)
5. Yo soy cagueiran (Son Montuno)
6. No me pidas (Bolero)
7. Que tienes titina (Guaracha)
8. La cancion de dinero (Bolero)
9. Se acerca la comparsa (Guaracha-Comparsa)
10. Mi corazon tiene derecho (Bolero-Cha-cha-chá)
11. Bayamo y el Cha-cha-chá (Cha-cha-chá)
12. Despierta guajira (Guajiro-Mambo)
The original transfer from vinyl LP was a mess... now it sounds fabulous.
I spent an hour cleaning and trimming this with GoldWave v5.23
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Featuring: Ibrahim Ferrer (the late) Chucho Valdes Coco Freeman Pedrito Calvo Mayito Beatriz Marques Raúl Planas (the late) Maraca
1. Mi Suegra 2. Mama Ines 3. Extrano Padecer 4. Por Que Tienes Asi? 5. Corazon De Cristal 6. Aguardiente De Cana 7. Locura En Cha-cha-cha 8. El Platanal De Bartolo 9. Conversacion Con Raul Planas 10. A Ti Na' Ma' 11. El Bodeguero 12. Yo Quiero Caramelo 13. Hay Cosas 14. Los Caravales De Oriente
The former lead singer of Irakere, 'Oscar Valdés Jr.' with his own group "Diakara". That's Oscar with a shaved head. The originals were recorded very high, I lowered them down a bit using 'Goldwave' V.5 software.
Three tunes LIVE. 1. La Contenta 7:48 2. La Habana 7:24 3. La rumba y el jazz 3:29
I have had this for about a year. The CD has just been officially released this month. 2008
The compositions of the late street hero "Tío Tom" (Gonzalo Asencio) epitomize the most rooted of Afro-Cuban musics—the rumba. A fusion of African traditions that came together around 1900 in urban Havana and Matanzas province, the rumba is the signature sound of the solar, the creative cauldron of shared space in Afro-Cuban neighborhoods. This singing and all-percussion tribute to Tío Tom boasts the all-star line-up of Conjunto Todo Rumbero, led by renowned drummer Orlando "Puntilla" Ríos. 24-page booklet, 59 minutes.
Produced by Rene Lopez Sr.
Orlando "Puntilla" Rios with a tribute to the legendary "Tio Tom" Along with members of Yoruba Andabo, Clave Y Guaguanco, Rumberos De Cuba: Ernesto Gatell "El Gato" Maximino Duquesne Mário Jáuregui Gregorio Hernández "El Goyo" Miguel Angel Mesa Cruz
Master Cuban Conguero 'Modesto Duran' with his band the "Charanga Kings" with 'Olguita' on vocals. 1961 / "Pachanga, Anyone?" World Pacific 1414
Has been re-issued on CD several years ago..
One of the great conga players, Modesto Duran performed on many key recordings by top stars and orchestra leaders. His few records as a leader prove him to be very capable in that capacity, and it is a shame he was not "discovered" and recorded more. Hailing from the old section of Havana, he first started there with the Gilberto Valdes Orchestra. During 12 years in Mexico, he played with most other orchestras, including those of Esquivel, Luis Arcaraz, Armengol, and Marroquin. He travelled with Maria Antonietta Pons for seven years before becoming the backbone of the Perez Prado organization. Although Perez Prado once claimed there was no real difference between the cha cha cha and mambo, it was Duran's three-count beat that gave mambo a unique identity and changed the face of Latin music. Moving with Perez Prado to the U.S. in 1953, he worked with Sonny Burke, Don Swan and Russ Garcia, as well as singers Eartha Kitt, the DeCastros, Lena Horne, Herb Jeffries, and Harry Belafonte. That's Duran on Belafonte's famous, first Calypso album. A musician's musician, Duran had tremendous influence on other conga players and Latin aficionados, mainly by being on all the right albums at the right time. ~ Tony Wilds, All Music Guide
Modestos "Fabulous Rhytms" LP Long out of print and obscure.
"¡Si!CD" 'Orq. Cumbre De Pinar Del Rio' CD released in 1995
1. Eres Picara Para Amar 2 Chana 3. Que Se Vayan Al Diablo 4. La Felicidad 5. Concierto Afrocubano 6. Sabor A Mi 7. Pot Ti Me Casare 8. Conmigo Vas A Perder 9. Los Caminos 10. A La Orilla Del Mar 11. El Tunel 12. Son De La Loma 13. Yo Me Quedo 14. Timbalero 15. Makuta
'Cumbre' are from the most western tip of Cuba, a band with a very hip unique sound.
Recorded in Pinar del Río the 15 tracks show Cumbre's versatility in playing Cuban "contemporary" music to classic Cuban son & Cha Cha Chá as well as Afro-Cuban rhythms.
1. "Eres Pícara Para Amar"
"Eres Pícara Para Amar" (Live version not on this CD)
Cuban LP's and recordings which include particular "styles" and "forms" of (playing & singing) "Cuban" music that unfortunately have become, or are on their way to becoming lost art forms. As well as related materiel which may not be "directly" from Cuba.
Mostly LP's that are either long out of print and-or obscure and music from "my own personal collection".
Occasionally some Brasilian things will be added that are hard to find, even on the other great Brasilian blogs, many that are listed in my Blog links. And maybe some things that have nothing to do with Cuban or Brasilian music.
It takes time to do all this, scanning the covers, resizing and uploading, often changing & correcting the info.
Have fun! "The water most often tastes freshest at its source"
Mark Sanders: Musician / percussionist.
Living, working and teaching in Manhattan, N.Y.C., U.S.A.
Born and raised in Manhattan, N.Y.C.
Lived in New Orleans from 1972 to 1986.
Produced and hosted the first Cuban music radio program in New Orleans on WWOZ from 1980-1986.
Been back in N.Y.C. 28 years and planing on getting the hell out very soon.