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Jobim And The Brazilian Guitar

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Published: 01/21/2014

by Scott Adans


Program #1131 - ‘Jobim And The Brazilian Guitar’

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This week’s show:

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Ahh, Brazil!

With sports, it’s soccer. With music it’s the guitar, the single instrument which perfectly compliments Brazil’s split personalities: The vast beaches of Rio’s Zona Sul, the vast reaches of the Amazon. The vast richness of blended cultures from Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Six strings, seven strings, electric or acoustic, the Brazilian guitar is symbolic of its people and their cultural history.

January is the month we celebrate the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim (his birth day is this Saturday - on the 25th). Was Jobim a gifted guitarist? Not really. Jobim's guitar 'moment' came when Frank Sinatra invited the Brazilian to be a part of a television special, and 'suggested' that a guitar would be a better prop than Jobim's customary place behind the piano.

In fact guitar accolades are properly directed towards Jobim’s contemporaries, such as Luiz Bonfá, Roberto Menescal and ultimately João Gilberto, who reinvented the Brazilian guitar to create the Bossa beat that remains so perfectly vital still today. In fact, Gilberto set the bar so high that his style remains as a standard of excellence; one by which others - on both sides of the equator - are compared.

The Brazilian guitar is jazz with Romero Lubambo, Rosinha de Valença, Laurindo Almeida and Garoto. It’s Baden Powell’s visions of Bahia. It’s Bola Sete, Edu Lobo and Helio Delmiro. It’s the melodic rhythm of Juarez Moreira and Ulisses Rocha and the anthem-like exuberance of Axé and Lambada.

It’s the sound that frames Astrud Gilberto’s innocence. It’s Caetano Veloso in his clear plastic suit - onstage in São Paulo - amplifying a new generation’s defiance. The Brazilian guitar is the backbone for voices. In fact, you would have to contemplate for a while to name a Brazilian singer who does not play the guitar. Dori Caymmi does. So do Djavan, Toquinho, Milton Nascimento and João Bosco. And Joyce, Celia Vaz, Jane Duboc, Rosa Passos and Rita Lee.

Even keyboardist Ivan Lins plays… the guitar. So does Pelé and Xuxa and many of Brazil’s political leaders including Gilberto Gil and former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

Torcuato Marino and Victor Biglione emigrated from Argentina to become new voices for the Brazilian guitar. Sandro Albert moved north, too – from the south of Brazil to Los Angeles and then New York to make his mark. The US is also home to Oscar Castro-Neves and his unsurpassed career as a performer, arranger and musical ambassador.

Ditto for Lee Ritenour, whose love for Brazilian music resulted in a personal dedication to introduce us to many of Brazil’s top musicians – his recordings showcased Djavan, Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, João Bosco and Gonzaguinha – often for the first time on a US album.

And for awhile, the City of Angels was home to Ricardo Silveira, who with Toninho Horta and Pat Metheny is part of the multi-faceted face of Brazilian guitar on this side of the Equator.

Well, there it is: a ‘who’s who’ of the Brazilian guitar, and by no means a complete list. Our show spotlights a baker’s dozen of the guitarists included in this story, so click on the button below to listen, dive into the playlist and then listen online with our exclusive ‘third hour’ for even more great Brazilian guitarists this week.

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Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Brasil Nativo<>Antonio Carlos Jobim/Passarim

Spring Ain’t Here<>Pat Methany/Letter From Home

Agua De Beber<>Ulisses Rocha/Moleque

Welcome to The Brazilian Club Lounge.

Fool To Cry<>Anneka/Bossa n’ Stones


Set 2:

Bom Dia Rio<>Cris Delano-Bossacucanova/Batida Diferente

Ocean Way<>Torcuato Mariano/Last Look

Introduce Next Set

Don’t Wait For Love<>Will Downing/Moods

Linda Cançao (remix)<>Barrio Jazz Gang/Brazilian Groove

Brisa Mar<>Sabrina Malheiros/New Morning


Set 3: This Week’s Brazilian Minute: ‘Amazon River

Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Viver Em Paz<>Ricardo Silveira/Outro Rio                           

Esse Cara Sou Eu (I'm That Guy)<> Roberto Carlos ________________________________________________________

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Hour 2:

Set 1:

Invitation<>Victor Biglione/Biblioteca

Segredos<>Eliane Elias/Around The City

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Tin Tin Por Tin Tin (Little By Little)<>João Gilberto/Amoroso

Certas Coisas<>Ulisses Rocha/Moleque    

Mercy Street<>Leila Pinheiro & Ze Bruno/Big Circle


Set 2:

No Caberet da Sereia<>Flavio Venturini/Noites Com Sol 

Consolação<>Baden Powell/Personalidade

Introduce Next Song

Barcellona<>Toquinho/Storie Di Una Stori Sola    

Te Gosto Tanto<>Oscar Castro Neves/More Than Yesterday


Set 3:

Mas Que Nada<>Marc Antonie/Best of

Color of the Watercolor<>R. Folegatti/Watercolor

Third Hour begins 

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Next week, it’s our 19th annual ‘Antonio Carlos Jobim Birthday Celebration’, where every song you’ll hear was written by Brazil’s greatest songwriter. This is one of our most popular shows of the year and I hope you’ll plan to join us.

More and more Brazilian music fans are tuning in each week and I hope you will too. And please - tell a few friends about our show on WDCB and Rick O'Dell's new Smooth Jazz


Happy Listening,

Scott Adams

The Sounds of Brazil!


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01/22   7:00 pm Wednesday: WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago* Sundays at 2:00 pm beginning February 9th!

01/25 10:00 pm Saturday:

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