Sunday, 10 August 2008

Naná Vasconcelos - Saudades


256+ VBR LAME mp3
Vinyl rip & scans from ECM-1-1147

Listening to this album in a relaxed state with your undivided attention can elicit a mystical experience. It is one of the deepest and most magical pieces of polyvinyl chloride I own. Not much more to say than that.

Naná Vasconcelos - Berimbau, Percussion, Voice, Gongs
Egberto Gismonti - "Super 8 String Guitar" on
Cego Alderaldo

Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart conducted by Mladen Gutesha

1 O Berimbau
2 Vozes (Saudades)
3 Ondas (Na Óhlos de Petronila)
4 Cego Aderaldo
5 Dado

AMG Review
by John Storm Roberts
This 1979 recording is probably Afro-experimentalist Vasconcelos' finest. It presents his various facets -- berimbao playing, intricate overlain vocals, fine percussion, even gorgeous guitar -- simply and almost overwhelmingly. This is one of those performances that remind one to never let natural dogmatism get too out of hand.

Get it HERE and HERE

1972 Naná Vasconcelos at Brazilian Nuggets
1973 Amazonas at Vinil Velho
1973 Africadeus at Malado de Som
1977 Dança das Cabeças (with Egberto Gismonti) at Brasil Midia
1979 Saudades
1983 Codona 3 (with Don Cherry & Collin Walcott) at My Favorite Sound
1983 Zumbi
1984 Duas Vozes (Egberto Gismonti & Naná Vasconcelos
) at Brasil Midia
1986 Bush Dance at The Bossa Blog
1989 Rain Dance (Naná Vasconcelos & the Bushdancers) at Schadenfreudian Therapy
1990 Lester (with Antonello Salis)
Contando Estórias: Storytelling at Som Barato
1997 No Tempo Da Bossa Nova
1997 Fragments: Modern Tradition at Som Barato
1999 Contaminação (with Ralph Towner) at The Bossa Blog
2001 Fragmentos
2002 Minha Lôa at Centro Virtual de Percussão Batuque Brasileiro
2004 Fandango Jazz Festival (with Antonello Salis & Peppe Consolmagno) at Som Barato
2005 Isso Vai Dar Repercussao at Som Barato
2005 Chegada at L'Arbe de les 1000 Musiques
2006 Trilhas at Som do Roque

In addition to the blogs noted above, I highly suggest you head over to J Thyme...KIND
for more Brazilian beauty if you haven't already had the chance.


Jur said...

I always considered Nana Vasconcelos as too experimental for me, but your text makes me very curious. I'll give it a try. Thanks in advance.

The discography is pretty impressive. You can find some extra albums at two of my favourite brazil music blogs:

cheeba said...

For much the same reason I don't think I enjoy another NV album half as much as this one, Jur.

I'd say this is mostly an experiment in minimalism and counterpoint tethered by ethereal melodies and very subtle string accompaniment and it works for me.

Thanks for the recommendations! I see the first two Codonas are at Abracadaba so I'll check them out.

J Thyme...kind said...

Cheeba, You're missing one of this artists real shining moments. Please listen to his work on that "Teca & Ricardo" disc on my page & see why people call this artist a legend. Sometimes it's how someone fits into a session that reveals their magic. He shines very brightly on the above mentioned set. No lie.
His experimental sound really finds a context with these players.

cheeba said...

Thanks J! I'll have to check that one out too.

I tried to keep the discog list to solo albums under his name, so it may seem a bit short for learned afficianados such as yourself.

I am not averse to his experimentation, it's just that anyone who tries different things and breaks new ground will not please everyone all the time from a subjective listening pleasure point of view.

It helps to have a guide in these cases. That's why it's great to have you visit and direct us to the golden nuggets you've found after all your sifting!

J Thyme...kind said...

Cheeba, You'll spot Naná on that Teca & Ricardo. You may also notice the Bass & Keyboard work as exceptional.

cheeba said...

If you mean the one I found here:

then I would agree. It is quite magnificent and he's also superb in this context.

bobbysu said...

thank you very much

Guilherme said...

Full discography: Nana Vasconcelos.

Take a look!


Starsailor said...

many thanks !

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