Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Jackson Do Pandeiro - Chu Chu Beleza from Tem Mulher, Tô Lá - CBS (1973)

Early 1970s CBS era forró LPs are arguably the pinnacle. The production, recording and mixes were almost always exceptional. If you had great material, and Jackson Do Pandeiro always did, it was the right place at the right time. Unlike many acts on CBS, Jackson chose to bring in his own band vs. the house session musicians provided by Abdias. Tem Mulher, Tô Lá was his last LP for CBS. While his 2nd and 3rd LPs on CBS did not quite reach the peak of O Dono Do Forró, there is plenty of gold on Tem Mulher, Tô Lá. In fact, Jackson sounds so vital, it is hard to believe that he would only live another 8 years.

Jackson Do Pandeiro - Tem Mulher, Tô Lá - CBS (1973)

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Pichincha - Coqueiro Véio Cansado (côco) by Venâncio e Corumba from Odeon 78rpm (1952)

Pichincha's Coqueiro Véio Cansado is a strong example of Venâncio e Corumba's signature sound. The performance is excellent and although the sound is a somewhat primitive, this early côco recording from 1952 is a blazing fire.

Pichincha - Coqueiro Véio Cansado (côco) by Venancio e Corumba from Odeon 78rpm (1952)

Friday, August 20, 2021

Trio Banzú - Meu Boné (samba) from República Rozenblit 78rpm (likely 1950s)

Trio Banzú's Meu Boné is a classic bit of shellac samba from the Rozenblit label, República. Although the Rozenblit label is common, I have not seen República used with vinyl. This label may have been specific to the 78rpm era. For those less familiar with the different styles, which are always rooted in rhythm in Brazilian music, samba is perhaps the broadest. Most popular Brazilian music has primarily come from branches of samba, including Bossa Nova and MPB. Outside of the rhythm, samba instrumentation can be very similar to forró recordings. With a slight change in rhythm, Meu Boné could easily be a forró single.


Trio Banzú - Meu Boné (samba) from República Rozenblit 78rpm (likely 1950s)

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Os Caçulas Do Baião - Pernambuco Deu (baião) from Chantecler 78rpm (late 1950s early 1960s)

Os Caçulas Do Baião are curious. Many acts that released singles on 78rpm had careers that came to an end in the 1950s or 1960s like Luiz Wanderley, Paulo Tito and Venancio e Corumba. Major acts like Ary Lobo, Jackson Do Pandeiro, Genival Lacerda and the groups known as Trio Nordestino continued. Os Caçulas Do Baião may be the most obscure of the survivors. After two LPs in 1965 and 1969, Os Caçulas Do Baião seemed most prolific in the 1970s.

Os Caçulas Do Baião - Pernambuco Deu (baião) from Chantecler 78rpm (late 1950s early 1960s)

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Pinto Do Acordeon - Tarde De Domingo from As Filhas Da Viúva - Passarela (1980)

As Filhas Da Viúva is the second album from Pinto Do Accordeon, who had a prolific career through the 1980s. It is unclear how long Pinto continued to record into the 1990s and beyond. Thousands of Rozenblit Passarela recordings were lost in a flood / fire a number of years ago, so cherish the remaining vinyl copies from that label. 

Pinto Do Acordeon - As Filhas Da Viúva - Passarela (year unknown)

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Bando Da Lua - Nega Do Cabelo Duro (1949) from Nos EUA - MCA (1975)

Although maracatu rhythms cross over into forró, generally it is much more common in samba. I am bending the rules this week. Banda Da Lua were Carmen Miranda's backing group. One of her stipulations when traveling to work in the United States was to keep her Brazilian backing band. This was a good call, because it would have been impossible for most North American musicians to match the grooves and close harmonies provided by Bando Da Lua.

Along with backing Miranda on her records, Bando Da Lua put out singles in Brazil and in the United States. The group remained active in the United States until Carmen Miranda's death in 1955. Aloysio De Oliveira was involved in the formation of the famous bossa nova label Elenco. José Oliveira was the voice of the Disney character Zé (short for José) Carioca. This character had a few roles in Disney cartoons, but was even more popular as a comic book character in Brazil and South America. 

Nega Do Cabelo Duro is a relatively famous song in Brazil, but Bando Da Lua's version is less well known. It was covered by Astrid Gilberto, Elis Regina and multiple other acts. I am not certain which act recorded it first.

Bando Da Lua - Nos EUA - MCA (1975)

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Zepraxédi - Meu Nordeste from o poeta vaqueiro - Rosicler (1974)

Zepraxédi is a fairly obscure release from 1974 on the Rosicler label. Rosicler also released LPs by Jackson Do Pandeiro, Genival Lacerda, Luiz Wanderley, Natalício Santos and Zé Alves, so Zepraxédi is in fine company. The sound of the act features a strong acoustic sound, wisely featuring guitarist Perez Gonzaga (spelled Peres on this LP) on half of the album tracks. Overall, the album is pleasantly reminiscent of Zito Borborema's best work. 

Zepraxédi - o poeta vaqueiro - Rosicler (1974)