Brazilian Album Reviews

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Radames Gnattali - see artist profile

Adylson Godoy "Sou Sem Paz" (RGE, 1965)
The one and only album by pianist-composer Adylson Godoy, who also sang in a robust, bellowing style which verged on tonelessness. The arrangements by Erlon Chaves are more exciting than the vocals: some of these orchestrations are rather dynamic and innovative, and may unexpectedly snag your ears. (Particularly cool are the arrangements on "Da-Me," a single that was added to later editions of the original LP...) I wouldn't say Godoy is my favorite-ever vocalist, but this album does have some interesting 'Sixties-era charm. Apparently he was the brother of Amilson Godoy, of the fabled Zimbo Trio...? Anyone know for sure?

Amilson Godoy "Amilson Godoy" (?)

Amilson Godoy & Nivaldo Ornelas "Musica Viva" (Azul, 2007)

Amilson Godoy & Os Irmaoes Assad "Instrumental No CCBB" (Azul, 2002)

Maria Lucia Godoy "Interpreta Villa Lobos" (Philips, 1977)
An operatic soprano vocalist (with a fabulous voice) singing interpretations of classic Heitor Villa Lobos compositions, with backing by a fairly subdued chamber ensemble. I like the backing; less so the vocals, but that's mostly because I'm not so keen on opera to begin with. I'm not sure who created the lyrics to match the music, although I did feel that they mostly overshadowed the original melodies. But then again what do I know? I'm more of a pop person. Also features guitarist Sergio Abreu who, along with his brother Eduardo, formed the highly-regarded Duo Abreu, who worked with Godoy on related Villa-Lobos projects.

Maria Lucia Godoy "Modinhas Imperiais" (Independentes)

Maria Lucia Godoy "Canta Brasil/Italia" (Independentes)
A 2-CD set...

Maria Lucia Godoy "Floresta Do Amazonas" (Independentes)
A 1988 concert of Villa-Lobos material, with Godoy as the soloist in front of the Orquestra Sinfonica do Rio De Janeiro...

Golden Boys - see artist discography

Gerli & Haroldo Goldfarb "O Lirismo De Paulinho Tapajos" (Dabliu, 2003)
(Produced by Haroldo Goldfarb)

A mellow, jazz-tinged old-school MPB tribute to lyricist Paulinho Tapajos, featuring compositions co-written by Cartola, Danilo Caymmi, Claudio Nucci, Sivuca and others. This is a bit polished and smooth for my tastes, but fans of the classic smooth-jazz MPB of Chico Buarque, Joao Bosco, Gal Costa, et. al., might really enjoy this...

Pepeu Gomes - see artist discography

Mary Goncalves "Convite Ao Romance" (Sinter, 1952)
(Musical direction by Lyrio Panicalli)

Very old-fashioned, old-school, pre-bossa nova romantic ballads, sung by actress Mary Goncalves to modest accompaniment which (apparently) included Johnny Alf on piano, Billy Blanco, and Zeze Gonzaga singing as part of a backup trio called As Moreninhas. The flowery music hints at boleros and tangos, as well as the pop vocals schmaltz up North. Good for a real, heavy nostalgia trip, but pretty darn corny.

Nelson Goncalves - see artist discography

Chiquinha Gonzaga "A Maestrina" (Revivendo, 1999)
An impressive 2-CD set of EARLY recordings by one of the towering figures of Brazilian popular music, Rio's legendary Francisca Edwiges Neves Gonzaga, familiarly known as Chiquinha. Born in 1847, Gonzaga was one of the pivotal composers of samba cancao, as well as a pioneer of the jazz-ish choro style. She was also an integral part of the lowbrow salon scene that spawned the choro genre and the first samba escolas... This collection features some of the earliest popular recordings made in Brazil, the oldest dating back to 1902 (!), and the latest being from 1932, a few years before Gonzaga passed away. A fair chunk of these recordings feature Chiquinha herself, although most are interpretations of her work made by radio stars such as Francisco Alves and Gastao Formenti. There's a wide variety of styles -- she seems to have tried her hand at just about every thing, from homegrown toadas and samba cancao, to various foreign styles such as tangos, waltzes, polkas, Cuban-flavored habaneras, Portuguese fados, and even comedic sketches. The sound quality is pretty good, considering the antiquity of these recordings, and the fact that modern electric recording processes were not introduced in Brazil until 1927. A remarkable and indespensible musical document -- and a must-have for anyone intent on delving deep into Brazil's musical past.

Chiquinha Gonzaga "O Melhor De Chiquinha Gonzaga" (Revivendo, 2006)

Daniel Gonzaga "Sob O Sol" (Velas, 1996)

Daniel Gonzaga "Um Banquinho, Um Violao" (Sony/Seven Music, 2001)
Forro founder Luiz Gonzaga's grandson seems to have his heart in the right place, singing restrained acoustic versions of classic Gonzaga/Teixeira compositions, but his vocal prowess is pretty limited. Sometimes he just can't pull off the intimate phrasings he's aiming at. (Then again... maybe it was a major-label thing... Check out the record he did a few years later... (Below!)

Daniel Gonzaga "Areia" (Dabliu, 2004)
Quite nice! The grandson of Brazilian forro legend Luiz Gonzaga (and the son of 1970s MPB composer Gonzaguinha), Daniel Gonzaga may be one of Brazil's "next big things..." He shares his dad's affinity for modern pop, but sticks much closer to straight guitar rock. The mature-sounding, multitextured album opens with a cool blues song, a John Lee Hooker-ish tribute to Milton Nascimento, and then slips into some softer, slinkier songs that have some gentle slide riffs that remind me of George Harrison. The mood and listenability is sustained throughout the length of the album, and though I could live without the funk hooks (and semi-rapping) on some later tracks, overall this is a very strong record. Fans of Os Paralamas or Renato Russo will probably love this one... Recommended!

Luiz Gonzaga - see artist discography

Zeze Gonzaga - see artist discography

Gonzaguinha (Luiz Gonzaga, Jr.) - see artist discography

Lanny Gordin - see artist discography

Gordurinha "Ta Na Praca" (Continental, 1960)

Gordurinha "Mamae Estou Agradando" (Continental, 1961)

Gordurinha "A Bossa Do Gordurinha" (RCA, 1962)
A lovely but unusual album, recently reissued on CD... Gordurinha (born Waldeck Artur de Macedo) was a Northeastern songwriter, best known for the hit, "Chiclete Com Banana," which was recorded by Jackson Do Pandeiro around the same time as this album was made. What's odd about this album is how it veers into non-Brazilian dance styles, particularly Afro-Cuban son (referred to as "cha-cha-cha" on the liner notes). The songs are all of Brazilian vintage, but the arrangements have a foreign sound. It's cool, just kind of unusual for Brazilian pop. The reference to "bossa" was, I think, meant to be ironic -- there's certainly no trace of the Jobim-Gilberto sound on here.

Gordurinha "...Um Espetaculo" (Copacabana, 1964)

Gordurinha "Gordurinha" (Musicolor, 1969)

Gordurinha/Carmelina Alves "Mestres De MPB" (Warner, 1994)

Gordurinha/Various Artists "Confraria Do Gordurinha" (Warner, 1999)
A tribute album, featuring Gilberto Gil, Marta Milani and Confraria da Bazofia.

Eli Goulart & Banda Do Mato "Bicho Do Mato" (Unique, 2001)
Light, bouncy, upbeat jazz-bossa-soul from a fellow who is presumably related to "radio singer" Jorge Goulart. This breezy, lightly funky set isn't really my cup of tea, but I'm sure a lot of folks would find it quite nice, particularly those on the modern-day acid-jazz tip. Worth checking out.

Jorge Goulart & Nora Ney "Nora Ney & Jorge Goulart" (InterCD, 2000)
Older recordings by two romantic balladeers of the pre-bossa nova "radio singer" era; although Ney and Goulart did record and perform together throughout several decades, these ten songs are all solo efforts, not duets -- four by Ney, six by Goulart. Some of it's really fun, in a super-corny, kitschy kinda way; some of the songs are way over the top and too goopy. This cheapo reissue package is worth checking out, just to get a sense of the style of the times, although you can't help but feel these artists could be better served by more extensive, better programmed selections.

Jorge Goulart "Grandes Vozes" (Som Livre, 2008)

Jorge Goulart "The Music Of Brazil - Recordings: 1958" (Black Round Records, 2009)

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