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Friday, November 21, 2014

Trio Pajeú - Meu Pequeno Pajeú from Pegue A Troxa - Japoti (mid-1970s)

Trio Pajeú - Meu Pequeno Pajeú from Pegue A Troxa - Japoti (mid-1970s)

According to Musica Popular Brasileira, Trio Pajeú met at a dance for the United Steel Workers of Santo André in 1973. An appearance on Radio Globo led to a recording contract on Japoti, a tiny, short-lived Brazilian label. Trio Pajeú recorded 3 LPs for Japoti in the 1970s and one LP for Universal in 1985. As with most forró artists, this discography is probably incomplete and more recordings will likely surface in the coming years.

Trio Pajeú - Pegue A Troxa - Japoti (1970s)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Camarão E Seu Acordeon - Canto Da Siriema & Não Atrapalha from Forró No Palhoção - Tropicana (1976)

Camarão E Seu Acordeon - Canto Da Siriema & Não Atrapalha from Forró No Palhoção - Tropicana (1976) & Jackson do Pandeiro - Madelena from O Dono Do Forró - CBS (1971)

There are a myriad of brilliant forró artists. Some, like Camarão had a fruitful career and the recorded output of others, like José Bezerra, had an output limited to one great LP. Hidden in the credits are brilliant songwriters who never recorded, but contributed to great forró records. Madelena, from Jackson do Pandeiro's O Dono Do Forró is one of my favorite tracks. It was written by Juarez Santiago and José Sales, who also contributed to Camarão's Forró No Palhoção LP. While Canto Da Siriema is gutsy and clearly reminiscent of Madelena, the interpretation of the 2 songs is starkly different. Jackson's instrumentation and melodic excellence is an interesting contrast to Camarão's style, who favored ferocity to get the party started. The stylistic writing is apparent in both. Não Atrapalha, written by Camarão and Juarez Santiago, is an instrumental at breakneck speed.

Camarão E Seu Acordeon - Canto Da Siriema (Juarez Santiago and José Sales) - Tropicana (1976)

 

Jackson do Pandeiro - Madelena (Juarez Santiago and José Sales) from O Dono Do Forró - CBS (1971)



Camarão E Seu Acordeon - Não Atrapalha from Forró No Palhoção - Tropicana (1976)


Camarão E Seu Acordeon - Forró No Palhoção - Tropicana (1976)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Walter Damasceno - Cabra Medroso & Matei Sete Gatos from Não Bula Comigo - Odeon (1958 - 1960)

Walter Damasceno - Cabra Medroso & Matei Sete Gatos from Não Bula Comigo - Odeon (1958 - 1960)

Walter Damasceno was part of the 2nd wave of forró stars that cropped in the 1950s, which included Jackson do Pandeiro, Ary Lobo, Jair Alves, Marinés and Luiz Wanderley. Although they weren't the first stars to rise in Luiz Gonzaga's wake, artists from this new wave took the genre into uncharted territory and ultimately established the sound of 70s forró. Damasceno's career seems to have been brief and limited to one LP and two compactos (EPs). Considering how strong these releases were, it's a shame that his career was so short.

Walter Damasceno - Cabra Medroso from Não Bula Comigo - Odeon (1958 - 1960)


Walter Damasceno - Matei Sete Gatos from Não Bula Comigo - Odeon (1958 - 1960)

Walter Damasceno - Não Bula Comigo - Odeon (1958 - 1960)