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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nardeli E Sua Sanfona - Caminha Brasil from Dance Esta - Tropicana (1975)

Nardeli E Sua Sanfona - Caminha Brasil from Dance Esta - Tropicana (1975)

I picked this LP up in Salvador last year at Bazar Som Tres, thanks to a tip from the owner. Although the LP contains mostly instrumental accordion music, Caminha Brasil is a nice surprise vocal samba tune at the end of side 2. Nardeli was prolific and recorded for a variety of major labels and subsidiaries, including RCA, Rosicler and Chantecler. 

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Crate Digging at Bazar Som Tres, Salvador
Crate Digging at Bazar Som Tres, Salvador
Nardeli E Sua Sanfona - Caminha Brasil from Dance Esta - Tropicana (1975)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jackson do Pandeiro - Ginga da Mulata & Madelena from Forro de Zé Lagoa - Philips 1963

Jackson do Pandeiro - Ginga da Mulata & Madelena from Forro de Zé Lagoa - Philips 1963

My previous post featured the title track from Forró de Zé Lagoa. Many consider Jackson do Pandeiro's Philips era, which spanned from the early to mid 1960s, to be his greatest. This may be an overstatement, because virtually everything that he recorded for the first 20 years of his career was brilliant. Original copies of the LPs and compactos on Philips range from scarce, like É Batucada, to so ridiculously rare that if images weren't on the web, collectors would assert that they didn't exist. Forró de Zé Lagoa is somewhere in between. Though difficult to find, a few nice copies are in circulation. Like other Philips recordings, this LP is richly and beautifully produced. 

Note: There are 2 different songs called Madelena recorded by Jackson. This is the first of 2. The second appeared nearly 10 years later on O Dono Do Forró.

Jackson do Pandeiro - Ginga da Mulata from Forro de Zé Lagoa - Philips 1963

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Jackson do Pandeiro - Madelena from Forro de Zé Lagoa - Philips 1963


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Jackson do Pandeiro - Forro de Zé Lagoa - Philips 1963
Jackson do Pandeiro


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Part Two: Genival Lacerda - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Mocambo 78rpm (1962) Rozenblit Passarela (1973) vs Jackson do Pandeiro - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Philips LP (1963)

Part Two: Genival Lacerda - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Mocambo 78rpm (1962) Rozenblit Passarela (1973) vs Jackson do Pandeiro - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Philips LP (1963) 

This is a rare example of two forró giants, Genival Lacerda and Jackson do Pandeiro, at the height of power recording the same song: Forró Do Zé Lagoa. Both versions are fantastic and showcase the strengths of each. Genival's version is heavy, ballsy and ferocious, featuring his embolada-flavored phrasing powers. Jackson's version is cooler and elegant. Jackson probably had access to fancier recording studios, thanks to Philips.

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Genival Lacerda - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Mocambo 78rpm (1962) Rozenblit Passarela (1973)
Jackson do Pandeiro - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Philips LP (1963)

Genival Lacerda, Jackson do Pandeiro & Ivan Farias. Image retrieved from musicapopular.org


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Part One: Genival Lacerda - Côco da Cajarana from Tomaram Meu Amor - Mocambo 78rpm (1962) Rozenblit Passarela (1973)

Part One: Genival Lacerda - Côco da Cajarana from Tomaram Meu Amor - Mocambo 78rpm (1962) Rozenblit Passarela (1973) 

My introduction to forró was David Byrne's Luaka Bop CD. Because I loved O Fole Roncou, I tried to absorb everything that I could by Luiz Gonzaga. Since Jackson do Pandeiro was given near equal reverence (their statues share a square in Campina Grande), in the way that Chuck Berry is given a status that is close to Elvis's, it was clear that Jackson's work was the next stop on my journey into forró. After Jackson, there were hundreds of paths that lead to other great forró artists: Ary Lobo, Marinês, Gordurinha... many of the people who appear in this blog, One of my favorites is Genival Lacerda.

Using my early rock n' roll analogy, I would compare Genival Lacerda to Little Richard. This is incredibly imprecise, but there are some parallels. While Gonzaga is stately & somewhat reserved and Jackson's music is delivered with mesmerizing rhythm & sophisticated cool, Genival Lacerda's records are wild, enthusiastic, funny, fast and frantic, like a forró freight train.

Tomaram Meu Amor is an incredibly rare, but very important, compilation of Lacerda's pre-1963 work, when his releases were 78rpm only. The quality of the recordings vary greatly. It seems likely that transfers came directly from the 78's and not the masters. Recordings from the later years generally sound great. Considering how rare his 78's are now, nearly 50 years after they came out and 40 years after this LP was released, we are lucky that this LP exists. Côco da Cajarana is an awesome song. It was originally released in 1962 on the Mocambo label.


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Genival Lacerda - Tomaram Meu Amor - Rozenblit Passarela (1973) 


Mocambo - Brazilian indie label - An early home to forró artists like Genival Lacerda, Jacinto Silva & Camarão, 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Crate Digging For Forró In Brazil: Vinyl and Record Stores in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador (da Bahia) & Recife

Crate Digging For Forró Vinyl In Brazil: A short guide to vinyl (vinil) record stores in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador (da Bahia) & Recife featuring Celsom Discos, Disco 7, Praça quinze (XV), Bazar Som Três, Minisom & Musikantiga

In June 2013, exactly one year ago, I took a holiday with my sweetheart to Brazil. We had a wonderful vacation, ate well, drank caipirinhas and made a little time for 
forró vinyl hunting. Generally, like anywhere in the world, shops and markets are picked over by savvy record dealers, but it's not impossible to find great records. Stores vary greatly in quality. You may not find the rarest Tropicalia, MPB, Bossa Nova, psychedelic, forró or Tim Maia piece for a steal, but if you do some research about where to shop, you may find some of the vinyl on your want list for much better prices than eBay. Generally, I've discovered that you have to connect with the handful of private dealers in Brazil that trade in top shelf vinyl to get the stuff you want, but shops can sometimes surprise you.
São Paulo I loved São Paulo. A lot of the record stores in São Paulo are found in indoor / outdoor markets, or arcades, like the ones below. All over Brazil, sidewalks have distinctive Portuguese tile, also called Portuguese pavement.
Outdoor shopping mall in São Paulo.

A shopping arcade in São Paulo.
I have a lot of affection for Cel-Som Discos in São Paulo. Celso, the owner, was the first person that I connected with in Brazil for purchasing vinyl. After a few bad experiences on Gemm, Celso was a welcome contact. He's honest, has a great selection of forró, MPB, Bossa Nova, Tropicalia and many other genres. He's great at assessing condition (ask before you buy online, though), will mail orders worldwide and takes Paypal. Best of all, Celso has a lot of contacts with other dealers, so if there are records that you are looking for, send him your want list. http://www.celsomdiscos.com.br/

 Cel-Som Discos / Records in São Paulo 

Celso at Cel-Som Discos / Records in São Paulo 
Celso and our friend Marcelo at Cel-Som Discos / Records in São Paulo.
Admiring the wall of forró LPs at at Cel-Som Discos / Records in São Paulo

Disco Sete, or Disco 7, in São Paulo is legendary. For fetishists, DJs and collectors, Disco Sete is often the first stop that they recommend. The owner, Carlinhos, is incredibly personable, generous and his prices are unbeatable. Disco Sete is not just a store, it's a place to meet up with collectors from all over the world. Not surprisingly, Disco Sete yielded my best finds in all of Brazil, thanks to Carlinhos. Disco Sete is tops. http://disco7vinil.com

Disco Sete (Disco 7) in São Paulo
Disco Sete (Disco 7) in São Paulo

Dorival Discos was a record store that we stumbled upon in São Paulo. Just like used vinyl shops in the States and Europe, bins were mostly stuffed with bargain LPs. If you like mining for finds, you'll be able to shop for days. We skimmed most of these places, mainly because the chances of finding great forró records hiding in a bin is very remote. I was about 10 to 15 years too late for that.


Dorival Discos in São Paulo
Rio de Janeiro

I didn't spend much time crate digging in Rio. We mainly vacationed. There are a few shops that I wish that I had a chance to hit, like Supernut Mara http://mararecordsdata.com/. We did take a jaunt to downtown Rio and browsed through the Praça quinze (XV) flea market, which is underneath a highway. Rio is not known as a big forró town, so my expectations for vinyl scores were minimal. I found a rare Benedito Nunes LP that Celso was selling for $300R for $1R, so I figured that I had a good day.

Praça quinze (XV) flea market in Rio de Janeiro


Praça quinze (XV) flea market in Rio de Janeiro

Benedito for a buck at the Praça quinze (XV) flea market in Rio de Janeiro

Salvador (da Bahia)


We had a ball in Salvador (da Bahia). We landed right in the middle of the São João festival, which was live forró heavenThe architecture and the food was amazing. Salvador had the best restaurants in Brazil. The food was a mix of spicy African and the best possible local cuisine. We stayed in old district of Salvador (da Bahia), called Pelourinho. Little record stores, like Mini Som or Minisom, are scattered throughout the old city.

São João Da Bahia 2013 - live forró heaven

Bazar Som Três is a beloved and highly recommended shop in Salvador. It's slightly outside of the old city and down a few side streets and an alley, so map out your trip before you go. Even with a map, we still needed help. Thanks to some friendly folks who pointed us in the right direction, we found the joint. Bazar Som Três was rich with vinyl stacked to the ceiling. Although I didn't find any amazing scores, I walked out with a bag full of decent, inexpensive forró LPs. They had a nice Genival Lacerda record on the wall.

Bazar Som Três in Salvador (da Bahia)
Crate digging at Bazar Som Três in Salvador (da Bahia)
Crate digging at Bazar Som Três in Salvador (da Bahia)

A city of vinyl at Bazar Som Três in Salvador (da Bahia). Genival is hiding on the upper right.


MINISOM was one of many stores scattered throughout Pelourinho. I found a few classic LPs in the store, including a beat up copy of O Dono Do Forró. The owner was incredibly helpful.


Recife
Aníbal Queiroga owns the wonderful Musikantiga. Musikantiga was challenging for us to find. His little shop was on the 5th floor of an older building in downtown Recife. It was well worth the search. Aníbal was incredibly generous and threw in some few lovely freebies. He had a wonderful selection of classic forró vinyl. I found some great records in his shop. Thank you to Samuel for the recommendation!

The entrance to Musikantiga in downtown Recife. 
 Musikantiga - A few of Aníbal's amazing LPs.

 Musikantiga - A vinyl dig.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Azulão da Bahia - Saudade de Bahia from Sobe balão que é noite de São João - Premier 1972

Azulão da Bahia - Saudade de Bahia from Sobe balão que é noite de São João - Premier 1972
In the confusing, somewhat poorly documented world of Brazilian forró, figuring out who's who can be challenging. For example, there are 2 different Trio Nordestinos with equally prolific catalogs. There are multiple Gonzagas. It's unclear if they are related to the great Luiz Gonzaga, or if they simply have a common last name. Azulão da Bahia is one of two Azulãos. Fortunately, this Azulão adds da Bahia to help distiguish them. Sobe balão que é noite is a compilation LP on the Premier label. The biggest act on Premier was most likely Trio Nortista, featured on this blog in January of 2013. Saudade de Bahia is a standout track, from the golden age of early 70s forró.

Azulão da Bahia - Saudade de Bahia from Sobe balão que é noite de São João - Premier 1972


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Sobe Balão Que é Noite de São João 
Azulão da Bahia

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jackson do Pandeiro selections from Ritmo, Melodia e a Personalidade de – Philips 1961

Jackson do Pandeiro selections from Ritmo, Melodia e a Personalidade de – Philips 1961

Rojão de Brasilia (Rocket to Brasilia) is one of my favorite Jackson do Pandeiro songs. It has a striking similarity in tone and feel to Well... All Right by Buddy Holly, released the previous year in 1960. Was it possible that Jackson was inspired by that tune? It is one of many questions that I would like to ask him. Sadly, Jackson has been gone for almost 35 years. Rojão de Brasilia definitely stands on it's own with his blistering rhythmic right-handed guitar strumming. I believe it is the only all acoustic ballad he ever recorded. You can glimpse Jackson's rhythmic guitar prowess in a short TV clip of Aquilo Bom

Dr. Boticário is a Xote, a style that I rarely post on this blog. Xotes are usually played slowly with a plodding oompa rhythm. The arrangement and production of Dr. Boticário elevates this tune, thanks to Jackson's brilliant phrasing and instrumental accompaniment. 


Jackson do Pandeiro - Rojão de Brasilia from Ritmo, Melodia e a Personalidade de - Philips 1961

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Jackson do Pandeiro - Dr. Boticário from Ritmo, Melodia e a Personalidade de - Philips 1961

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Jackson do Pandeiro: Ritmo, Melodia e a Personalidade de
Jackson do Pandeiro: cool customer