Saturday, August 16, 2008

Vinyl of the Day - "Caymmi"

Vinyl of the Day
"Brazil's Foremost Composer CAYMMI Sings His "And Roses and Roses" And Other Great Compositions with THE GIRLS FROM BAHIA" (Warner Bros. 1614) 1965
Special apperance by "The Girls from Bahia", actually the vocal group Quarteto Em Cy, then trying to start an international career, having recorded two albums for Warner, reissued this month on CD ("Revolucion con Brasilia", "Pardon my English").
Arranged & Conducted by Bill Hitchcock, the same maestro who later would record with Djalma Ferreira (on the "Braziliance" album for Dot Records) and would conduct the orchestra in the recording sessions of "Elis & Tom", the legendary project by Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Dorival Caymmi's debut solo album in the USA included such songs as "Maracangalha", "Saudades da Bahia", "Sábado em Copacabana", "Saudades de Itapoã", "O Vento", "Samba da Minha Terra" and the opening track, "Das Rosas...", with English lyrics by the album co-producer, Ray Gilbert. Retitled "And Roses and Roses" it had been already recorded by Astrud Gilberto on her debut solo album for Verve (produced by Creed Taylor, arranged by Marty Paich, with Jobim as a special guest and Joao Donato on piano) and would later be covered in 1977 by jazz diva Sarah Vaughan on her album "I Love Brazil" for Pablo (produced by Aloysio de Oliveira and released in Brazil by RCA under the title "O Som Brasileiro de Sarah Vaughan" ).
Sarah Vaughan's version of "Roses and Roses", arranged by Azymuth's founder, keyboardist José Roberto Bertrami, featured Dorival Caymmi himself on vocals.

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