Older: Long Songs - The Summer Edition


Published: 07/05/2017

by Scott Adams


Program #1310 - 'Summer Sambas - Long Songs: The Summer Edition'

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The question is: "What's the best way to stretch out the longest days of the year? The answer? We'll do it with 'Long Songs'... melodies that seemingly go on forever because they have a lot to say. I'll tell you how a December radio tradition has become a summer staple, along with the story of my first jazz club experience in Rio de Janeiro. But first, some timely tips:


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This week’s show:

My Producer's Notes

Listen to The Sounds of Brazil every three hours beginning at 6am Central Time daily.

Twenty-five years is a long time for any radio show, but I'm still amazed at how - every once in awhile - a new idea turns out to become a great one.

That was the case back in 2004, when our very first 'Long Songs' show grew out of the notion that it would be fun to do a program where the music matched the longer days (and longer nights) that marked the end of winter: "Why not fill up the show with the best of the longest songs?", I thought.

Most of the songs we play on The Sounds of Brazil! run around three to five minutes, and we always do our best to squeeze in as much music as possible into each program. That makes it particularity difficult to play longer songs, especially more than one per show.  And it takes some pretty careful planning to fit a bunch of them into the confines of our two-hour time frame.

Every song that's played on The Sounds of Brazil has a story behind it, but this new, summer edition of 'Long Songs' touched on a special memory; one that goes all the way back to the first night of my first trip to Rio de Janeiro in 1987.

The day had been a long one with a stop in Miami before catching the overnight flight to Brazil. A dawn landing in Rio, then customs and baggage; the hour-long bus ride to our Copacabana hotel during the morning rush, check in and then finally(!) to the room itself.

We awoke several hour later with time enough to catch some late-afternoon seaside sun then a leisurely dinner at Mariu's with the rest of our crew before heading out to Jazzmania, Rio's legendary jazz club just off the beach in Ipanema.

Out of the taxi and up a steep, narrow (and poorly lit) stairway to the second floor entrance, the sounds from the stage filtering down as we approached. Tight quarters and small tables but we'd made it to Zona Sul's musical Mecca. Pat Metheny had played there just a few nights earlier (he kept an apartment nearby during his 'Letters From Home' and 'Still Life (Talking)' years).

But tonight it was the Brazilian jazz super group Cama de Gato, and it was perfect. The music washed over me, soothing away the stress of that long day, suspending time with each song. Giving me permission to relax. In fact, everything that Rio had hinted at upon our arrival – was confirmed with those 'drift away' songs I heard that very first night.

It’s a story not uncommon to first-time visitors – or even die-hard Carioca wanna-be’s. Brazilian jazz is comfortable in taking it's sweet, melodic time, and maybe that's a key to understanding all of this. Take Antonio Carlos Jobim's music for instance: Many of his best tunes time in at under three minutes, yet the melodies take advantage of every second to tell their story.

So this week, The Sounds of Brazil is a perfect showcase for those Brazilian tunes that 'have a lot to say'.

We've done a good job: Settle in to enjoy 'Long Songs' from Pat Metheny, Nando Lauria, Kevyn Lettau and pianist Jeff Gardner. There's a classic from Gal Costa with Tim Maia, Leo Gandelman from his very first solo album, Al Jarreau, Azymuth and Flavio Venturini: stretching out the sound to make time (almost!) stand still.

So, we're  halfway through the year and what better way to make the most of our summer than with 'Long Songs'? I hope you'll enjoy the show

- Scott Adams

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'Long Songs - Summer Edition' 

Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Take Two<>Nando Lauria/Points Of View

Away<>Jeff Gardner/Sky Dance                                    

Welcome to The Brazilian Club Lounge

Amazon<>Michael Franks/Passion Fruit


Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

Un Dia do Domingo<>Gal Costa & Tim Maia/Gal Costa

Super Strut<>Deodato/Deodato 2 

Estate<>Joao Gilberto/Amoroso


Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Minuano (6/8)<>Pat Metheny Group/Still Life Talking

Lonely<>Bebel Gilberto/Tanto Tempo


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Hour 2:

Set 1:

Caberet da Sereia<>Flavio Venturini/Noites Com Sol

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Sensual Bossa<>Caibedo Island/Caibedo Tale   

Underneath The Face of the Moon<>Kevyn Lettau/Universal Language

Special Announcement

Paraiso<>Gerry Mulligan & Jane Duboc/Paraiso

Set 2:

Introduce Next Song/

Latin Lovers<>Lee Ritenour/World of Brazil

Awakening<>Francois K w/Barbra Mendes/Bossa Tres Jazz 2

Caso Serio<>Rita Lee/Rita Lee


Set 3:

Like A Lover<>Al Jarreau/Symphonic Bossa Nova

Vatapa<>Rosa Passos/Canta Ary, Tom & Caymmi

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Next week, July's 'Summer Sanbas' theme turns to 'Hot Brazilian Nights' and a two-hour special featuring many of Brazil's hottest songs. And you won't want to miss a minute of it!

I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please - tell a few friends about us on WDCB Sundays at 2 pm. It's always great to share the music.

Always a pleasure,

Scott Adams

The Sounds of Brazil!


Featured Station Broadcast dates: 

07/05 3:00 pm CT Wednesday: Streaming debut at Brazil Club

07/05 7:00 pm ET Wednesday: Brasil Radio 93.1 FM + 810 AM (encore)

07/07 8:00 pm ET Friday: Jazz City Radio

07/08 6:00 pm CT Saturday: Chat Box 'Meet Up', BrazilCubUSA.com

07/08 11:00 pm ET Saturday: Lite Mix 105 HD2 Indianapolis

07/09 10:00 am ET Sunday: Lite Mix 105 HD2 Indianapolis

07/09 10:00 am ET Sunday: Mix 105

07/09 12:00 pm CT Sunday: Smooth Jazz Expressions

07/09 2:00 pm CT Sunday: WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago

07/09 5:00 pm ET Sunday: Downtown Dayton Radio

07/09 7:00 pm ET Sunday: Brasil Radio 93.1 FM + 810 AM

07/09 8:00 pm ET Sunday: WHJZ New Buffalo

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