Tuesday, March 1, 2016

R.I.P.: Severino Filho (1928-2016)

(born Severino de Araújo Silva Filho in the city of Belém, State of Pará, Brazil, in 1928;
died on March 1st, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, aged 88.)

Brazilian pianist, singer, composer, arranger and conductor.
Founding member of the legendary Os Cariocas, the best and most important vocal group in the history of Brazilian music.
His daughter is a famous movie and TV actress in Brazil, Lucia Veríssimo.
I had the honor to work with Severino Filho in some concerts that Os Cariocas did with singer Ithamara Koorax between 1996 and 2010, as well as I have included many tracks by Os Cariocas in compilations I produced in several countries; among them, the best-selling series "A Trip To Brazil" released by Verve Records. Their rendition of "Tão Doce Que É Sal," by composers Pingarilho & Marcos Vasconcellos, is a bossa nova gem.
In 2015, an Italian name specialized in "public domain releases" issued, only on vinyl, the album "Um Encontro No Au Bon Gourmet," a precious document of a 1962 concert reuniting Os Cariocas, João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Octavio Bailly and Milton Banana.
Btw, Joao Gilberto considered Severino Filho a genius! And he was, indeed.
Rest in Peace.

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