August 22, 2007
Brazilian Music - The Jazzier Side
Let's start with Hermeto Pascoal. Multinstrumentalist doesn't do him justice. Put him in the kitchen and he'll play your teakettle. Put him in your daughter's room and he'll make music from her dolls. Got some pvc pipe and cinderblocks? He's got a marimba of sorts.
He grew up albino in Brazil's Northeast, which meant that when his friends headed for the sun and the beach, he had to escape to the forest and the shade. The sounds of the forest continue to haunt his playing.
Of course he does play in somewhat larger venues, too:
A more straight ahead player - and a brilliant composer and arranger - is Moacir Santos
Carlos Malta, who used to be a member of Hermeto's band, in addition to playing with artists such as Gilberto Gil, also leads a band called Pife Muderno, playing instrumental popular in the Northeast of Brazil.
This clip is even better:
Finally, there is the late, lamented Sivuca. You've probably never an accordion played quite like this: Enjoy!
some people are just born to make music!
by the waterfall, hermeto pascoal could have plucked some swamp reeds, bamboo, some fluted shells and created a symphony! that was surely amazing!
(and i used to think the jim kweskin jug band was inventive!)
...what must the green parrots have been thinking?
maybe they were singing along!
(or maybe they turned green with envy, haha!)
....and thank you for the sivuca piece. i remember him from the seventies, in new york city...and hadnt heard of him for a very long time.
thank you for taking the time to do this. everyday is more festive with all of this beautiful music!
Posted by: jacqueline | Aug 23, 2007 12:22:52 AM
Posted by: judy | Oct 11, 2007 7:22:50 AM
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