Friday, July 1, 2016
Beyond CD Reissue of the Month - "Deodato & Orquestra Los Danseros: Los Danseros En Bolero"
Beyond CD Reissue of the Month
Orquestra Los Danseros: "Los Danseros En Bolero" (Equipe/Ultra-Vybe) 1964/2016
Executive Producer: Mamoru Ko (Ultra-Vybe, Inc.)
A&R: Satoru Homma (Ultra-Vybe, Inc.)
Mastering Engineer: Hiroshi Shiota (Tokyo Recording Inc.)
Art Direction: Mitsuru Soejima
Design: Masae Imahashi & Minako Funahashi (Ultra-Vybe, Inc.)
Released as part of the "Brazilian Music Love Affair" series that is coming out in Japan next July 20, "Los Danseros En Bolero" was one of the several projects recorded by Eumir Deodato in 1964, along with his own "Idéias" album for EMI and two recordings with his bossa-dance band Os Catedráticos -- "Impulso!" and "Tremendão" -- for the Equipe label.
Previously reissued as "Lounge 64" in the early 2000s, in Europe, "Los Danseros En Bolero" is finally released in Japan for the first time on CD format, with its original front cover black & white artwork. But there's no reproduction of the back cover neither the musicians are credited.
The omitted line-up includes Gabriel Bezerra (bass), Wilson das Neves (drums), Rubens Bassini, Humberto Garin and Jorge Gomes de Rezende (percussion), Neco (acoustic guitar), Geraldo Vespar (electric guitar), Julio Barbosa and Maurilio Santos (trumpet) plus a string ensemble. And, of course, Deodato, who arranged & conducted all tracks, plays organ & piano throughout the session.
Deodato's name appears on the OBI and the album is credited to him, as really deserved, but only people able to read Japanese will be aware of it. The liner notes are also printed only in Japanese.
The "Brazilian Music Love Affair" series includes titles from many labels now controlled by Discobertas, such as Tapecar, Arca Som, Pawal, Equipe, Paladium etc. Albums by Marcos Valle, Elza Soares, Ronnie Mesquita, Miguel Angel, Rubens Bassini, Celio Balona and Victor Assis Brasil, among others.
Already on pre-order at DustyGroove.
And that's what they have written about the album:
A record we'd love to know more about – because the sound and presentation is so amazing! The set brings a bossa vibe to a mixture of American jazz and soundtrack tunes – often folding two tracks into one performance, and couching the melodies in some fuller strings and lighter, lively rhythms – with a quality that almost feels a bit like Henry Mancini taking on bossa nova material – or maybe like some of the fuller arrangements done by the young Deodato at the time! No surprise, there's some great Mancini numbers in the mix – along with other cool tunes too – served up with instrumentation that often has some rootsier percussion on the bottom, which blends in a great way with the larger charts – on titles that include "So In Love/Echo Of Love", "Sally's Tomato/Teach Me Tonight", "Mr Lucky/Speak Low", "Just For Tonight/Moon River", "Dansero/The Misfits", "Oba La La/La Puerta", and "Fly Me To The Moon/Our Day Will Come".