Jan 31, 2017

RhoDeo 1705 Roots


The music of Brazil encompasses various regional music styles influenced by African, European and Amerindian forms. After 500 years of history, Brazilian music developed some unique and original styles such as samba, bossa nova, MPB, sertanejo, pagode, tropicalia, choro, maracatu, embolada (coco de repente), mangue bit, funk carioca (in Brazil simply known as Funk), frevo, forró, axé, brega, lambada, and Brazilian versions of foreign musical genres, such as Brazilian rock and rap.

Today's artist became popular with the songs Se Acaso Você Chegasse, her first single, Mas Que Nada, A Carne, and other well-known samba songs. She was nominated to the Grammy Awards and was elected by the BBC London as "the singer of the millennium." In 2007, Soares was invited to sing a cappella the Brazilian National Anthem at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Panamerican Games. In 2016, she performed at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she sang O Canto de Ossanha, a classic by Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes......N'Joy

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Owner of a distinctive, harsh voice (even if considering the conspicuous Armstrong mannerisms), Elza Soares is one of the most swinging samba singers. Having appeared in 1959 with the samba "Se Acaso Você Chegasse," Soares always had her artistic career complicated by her personal life, which certainly impeded her enjoyment of a more widespread popularity. Having gotten married at 12 and lost three children who died of hunger, she later became the wife of Garrincha, one of the most genial soccer players ever, and also a chronic alcoholic. The peak of her career was in the '60s, with albums like O Máximo em Samba (1967), Elza Soares & Wilson das Neves (1968), and Elza, Miltinho e Samba (a three-album series shared with Miltinho). In that decade she had several hits, among them "Boato," "Edmundo" (a version of "In the Mood"), "Beija-me," "Devagar Com a Louça," "Mulata Assanhada," "O Mundo Encantado de Monteiro Lobato," "Bahia de Todos os Deuses," "Palmas no Portão," and "Palhaçada." In the '70s, she had further success with "Salve a Mocidade" (1974) and "Malandro" (1977; this song launched Jorge Aragão as a composer). But it wasn't enough to prevent her from facing huge economical adversity, and at the same time she was being systematically turned away by recording companies. With Garrincha, Soares had a very troubled marriage and the untimely demise of their son Garrinchinha in 1986 in a car accident didn't help.

Living in extreme poverty throughout her childhood and teens, Soares had her first audition in radio at Ary Barroso's novice show when she was 16, winning first place. She was then hired as a crooner by the Orquestra Garam de Bailes (led by conductor Joaquim Naegli). She worked in the orchestra until 1954, when she became pregnant. In 1955, she was invited to star with Grande Otelo in the play Jour-Jou-Fru-Fru, which was a smash. Three years later, she toured Argentina, returning in the next year when she was hired by Rádio Vera Cruz. Also in 1959, she recorded a 78 rpm with "Se Acaso Você Chegasse" (Lupício Rodrigues/Felisberto Martins), one of her biggest hits. In 1960, she went to São Paulo where she performed regularly in the show I Festival Nacional de Bossa Nova and recorded her first LP, Se Acaso Você Chegasse. In 1962, she represented Brazil in Chile during the World Soccer Cup, where she met Garrincha.

Having recorded several albums with the hits "Só Danço Samba" (Tom Jobim/Vinícius de Moraes), "A Banca do Distinto" (Billy Blanco), "Pressentimento" (Elton Medeiros/Hermínio Bello de Carvalho), and "Princesa Isabel" (Sérgio Ricardo), she moved to Italy in 1969, where she performed at the Sistina Theater (Rome), returning to Brazil in 1972. In the same year, she opened the show Elza em Dia de Graça at the Opinião Theater (Rio) and participated in the Brasil Export Show (Canecão). Rediscovered in the '80s as a cult heroine by Os Titãs, she performed with the band in a regular show at the Madame Satã nightclub.

Trying unsuccessfully to develop a career abroad, she returned to Brazil in 1994, poor and depressed. Finally, she was rediscovered in the '80s by the younger generations of Brazilian rockers (Os Titãs, Lobão) and MPB artists like Caetano Veloso, having been awarded with a Sharp Prize award as the Best Samba Singer of 1997. Soares also recorded in duet with Caetano Veloso on his album, Velô, and with Lobão on Casa de Samba. With her Trajetória (1997), in which she was paid tribute by Zeca Pagodinho, she won the Prêmio Sharp Award as Best Samba Singer.Her life was depicted in the musical Crioula, which had several songs written specially for her by Chico Buarque, Chico César, Nei Lopes, and others.  In November 1999, Soares participated in the show Desde Que o Samba é Samba (at Royal Albert Hall, London, England), together with Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Virginia Rodrigues. In 2000, her life was depicted in the musical Crioula (by Stella Miranda). In 2000, she was appointed Singer of the Millennium by London's BBC. Soares continues to challenge her destiny, performing shows in every venue available.

Do Cóccix Até O Pescoço In 2002, she released the acclaimed Do Cóccix Até O Pescoço on Maianga Discos, which successfully wedded samba, bossa, and MPB with electronic sounds. Produced and recorded by Alê Siqueira, it featured an enormous cast of guest musicians under the direction of pianist Jose Miguel Wisnik, including Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, and Carlinhos Brown. It sold well internationally and received a Grammy nomination. Vivo Feliz followed on Tratore in 2004 and contained the singles "Rio de Janiero" and a reading of "Concordia" by Nando Reis, featuring the songwriter in a duet. Working again with Wisnik, she released the live Beba-Me Ao Vivo and a concert DVD with the same title in 2007.

Though Soares continued to perform, she took an extended break from recording. A year later she was the featured vocalist on the soundtrack of the film Chega de Saudade. She fell from the stage during a performance and required numerous spinal column surgeries. It slowed her down and forced her to perform in a chair, but she never stopped. In 2015, she re-entered the studio with with producer Guilherme Kastrup of São Paulo’s groundbreaking samba sujo scene. She didn't like his idea of recording a set of classic sambas in modern settings and instead insisted on creating entirely original new material -- a first in her long career. He hired the city's vanguard post-punk band Passo Torto (with Metá Metá's Kiko Dinucci) and several players from Bixiga 70. A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo, a collection of 11 songs (culled from over 50), focuses on the achievement of justice for women, people of color, and members of the LGBT community -- causes she had celebrated throughout her life. Issued in Brazil in October by Circus Produções Culturais, it was celebrated in the national press as the year's best album by a national artist, regardless of genre. Due to global acclaim, it was re-released internationally by Mais Um Discos in June of 2016.

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The Odeon crew wer really getting into the swing of things by the time Soares laid this one down... The downbeat is getting a bit funkier and jazzier, and the horn arrangements have loosened up a bit. Seems she finally hit a groove with Nelsinho and his crew... Some tracks, like "Quizumba" and "Deixa A Nega Gingar" are a real blast, while others are a bit more by-the-numbers. Overall, though, this is a strong album, fun from start to finish. O Maximo Em Samba is quite a bit brassier and more shrill-sounding...  A little aggressive, although Soares does deliver some powerful vocals.

Elza Soares - Com A Bola Branca, O Máximo Em Samba (flac  511mb)

01 Quizumba
02 Estatuto Da Gafieira
03 Nem Vem, Nem Vai
04 No Carnaval
05 Jogado Fora
06 A Vida Como Ela E
07 A Infelicidade
08 Deixa A Nega Gingar
09 Brincadeira Tem Hora
10 Volta Pro Morro
11 Meu Tudo E Por Que
12 Tudo E Balanco
O Máximo Em Samba
13 O Mundo Encantado De Monteiro Lobato
14 Conversa De Botequim
15 Tristeza
16 Agora É Cinza
17 Louco (Ela É O Seu Mundo)
18 O Orvalho Vem Caindo
19 Atira A Primeira Pedra
20 Devagar Com A Louça
21 Vem Morar Comigo
22 Você Não Tem Palavra
23 Leva Meu Samba
24 P'ra Machucar Meu Coração
25 Palmas no portão
26 Me deixa em paz
27 Nostalgia
28 Vou deixar cair

Elza Soares - Com A Bola Branca, O Máximo Em Samba  (ogg  182mb)

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This was Elza's first duet pairing with samba-cancao elder Miltinho, a veteran performer with Anjos do Inferno and other classic vocal groups... It's a solid effort, though a bit stagey and reserved, especially in comparison to her solo work. But it also demonstrates her range, and her connection to samba's historical past, with songs from Haroldo Barbosa, Herivelto Martins, Noel Rosa, Ismael Silva and several less well-know composers of the pre-bossa era... A nice window onto an antiquated style, and an intriguing snapshot of Miltinho midway through his latter-years solo career. (After recording three albums with Soares, he went on to do a series of duet records with Doris Monteiro...) I wasn't blown away by this one, but it's certainly worth checking out if you're into the whole "radio singers" thing...
Baterista-Wilson Das Neves is one of Soares' strongest, most groove-laden albums, made with the assist of drummer Wilson Das Neves. This album was sampled from liberally for the Meus Momentos collection below, notably songs such as "Palhacada," "Se Acaso Voce Chegasse," and "Edmundo," (a Brazilianified version of "In The Mood," with a chaotic, swinging beat). Soares was making a strong bid to be a Brazilian sambadelic version of Ella Fitzgerald, and actually she did a pretty good job of it

Elza Soares - Elza Miltinho E Samba, Baterista-Wilson Das Neves   (flac  478mb)

01 Com Que Roupa-Si Você Jurar
02 Beijo Na Bôca-Moreninha Do Pom Pom Grená-Tem Que Ter
03 Boogie-Woogie Na Favela-Bonitâo-Eu Quero Um Samba-Pourquoi (Essa Nêga Sem Sandália)
04 Se Você Visse
05 Todo Dia É Dia
06 Enlouqueci-Fica Doido Varrido-Obsessão-Só Eu Sei-E Bom Parar-Calado Venci-Vai Que Depois Eu Vou-Já Vai?
07 Mal De Amor
08 Antonico
09 Louco De Saudade

Baterista: Wilson Das Neves
10 Balanço Zona Sul
11 Deixa Isso Prá La
12 Garôta De Ipanema
13 Edmundo (In The Mood)
14 O Pato
15 Copacabana
16 Teleco Teco Nº 2
17 Saudade Da Bahia
18 Samba De Verão
19 Se Acaso Você Chegasse
20 Mulata Assanhada
21 Palhaçada

22 Sofri
23 Bonde se São Januário-Zé marmita-O trem atrasou-Sapato de pobre
24 Pam-pam-pam
25 Pode o mundo se acabar

Elza Soares - Elza Miltinho E Samba, Baterista: Wilson Das Neves    (ogg   178mb)

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Elza Soares's superb samba accompaniment, melded to a slightly frantic brass band (with a too-prominent trombone and bass saxophone combo...) Her voice is, frankly, a bit grating on most of this album, but the cuica-and-pandeiro rhythmic percussion is awesome. Unfortunately, the liner notes don't say who the musicians were -- Nelsinho is listed as the arranger, but which samba crew they got to join his band is anyone's guess. At any rate, this is a pretty interesting record... The closing number, "Se E Pecado Sambar," is perhaps the single best song on here, where all the elements -- including her voice -- work perfectly together.

Elza Soares - Elza, Miltinho e Samba, vol. 2, Elza, Carnaval & Samba (flac 465mb)

01 Dialogo De Criolos
02 Alô Alô / Pelo Telefone
03 Semana Inteira / O Pau Comeu Na Casa De Noca
04 Vaidosa / Me Deixa Em Paz / Para Me Livrar Do Mal
05 Tem Pena De Mim
06 Você Jà Foi À Bahia / Vestido De Bolero
07 Mancada / Vai Haver Barulho No Château
08 Promessa / Confessou / Quem Chorou Fui Eu
09 Pot Pourri De Imitação

Elza, Carnaval & Samba
10 Bahia de todos os deuses
11 Quero marrer no carnaval
12 Não me diaga adues
13 Eu chorarei amanhã
14 De lanterna na mão
15 Fechei a porta
16 Heróis da liberdade
17 Rosa Maria
18 Eu agora sou feliz
19 Que samba bom
20 Falam de mim
21 Se é pecado sambar
22 Lapinha
23 Onde De Esta Meu Samba ?
24 Chove Chuva Va

Elza Soares - Elza, Miltinho e Samba, vol. 2, Elza, Carnaval & Samba (ogg  162mb)

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