CD Morello And Barth
Morello And Barth
feat. Alaíde Costa & Johnny Alf "Fim De Semana em Eldorado"
was meant to be a special kind of transatlantic short trip, when
the European jazz duo Morello-Barth embarked for Rio in the
autumn of 2001. Paulo Morello had acquired his versatility in guitar
playing at the renowned New School in New York, his companion Kim
Barth, sax and flute player by trade, had sharpened his understanding
for Latin styles through extensive stays overseas. What had been
planned as a quick visit to the Sugar Loaf and the local samba and
bossa scene, very soon developed into something more concrete. The
two Europeans were so cordially welcomed by the Brazilian musicians
that they settled down in Rua Nascimento Silva, the very same road,
where bossa doyen Antonio Carlos Jobim had been living. In the relaxed
Ipanema atmosphere a plethora of ideas for original compositions
was maturing, which was to connect the lightness of bossa nova with
the vocabulary of jazz improvisation. Furthermore they tackled classics
from the Fifties and Sixties with a fresh approach.
Within a few weeks Morello and Barth had gathered enough material
to fill an album with excellent, diverse tracks. They invited musicians
from the band of Leny Andrade, one of the most multifaceted voices
in the triangle of jazz, bossa and samba. These musicians regularly
associate with the big names of the música brasileira such as Gilberto
Gil, Maria Bethânia, Djavan or Milton Nascimento.
The two drummers Fernando Pereira and Adriano de Oliveira prove
that they are equally capable of accompanying Jobim evergreens like
"Outra Vez" or romantic guitar themes ("Balada Pra J.") with their
sensitive brushing, or they create ingenious rhythmical patterns
in "Samba Horizontal". The funky bass of Lúcio Nascimento refines
the straightforward samba opener. Decent chords and solos from the
Fender Rhodes of João Carlos Coutinho casually fit into the airy
melody of "Luciana", concluding with an earthy batucada. Not only
bossa nova has made his entry into the range of "Fim De Semana Em
Eldorado": Stamping maracatú rhythms from the Brazilian North East
teams brilliantly up in a composition of B3 master Kiko Continentino
with the flexible passages by Barth and Morello`s uplifting guitar
lines. In "Botafogo Bounce" funky, disco-like grooves unite with
a samba rhythm filled up by the cavaquinho.
Paulo Morello's und Kim Barth's role as "hosts abroad" cannot
be overrated. Barth masterfully handles his bebop sax as he does
with his fluent Latin flute contributions; dense, always melodious
and perfectly phrased lines mark Morello's guitar playing - jazz
intensity in its essence, sometimes evoking the laid-back flair
of George Benson, but also reminding of some recordings by Cannonball
Adderley or Sergio Mendes.
Eventually, two vocal legends of bossa nova put the finishing touch
to the tropical magic. Alaíde Costa (pronounced "ala'eejee") has
already gone down to the annals of her countries' musical history
as the Billie Holiday of Brazil. João Gilberto himself discovered
the lady with the smooth alto voice in 1959, and within a short
time she reached stardom among the wild youngsters of Copacabana.
Her hit of that time, "Chora Tua Tristeza", has been covered by
almost all bossa greats and has been re-recorded for "Fim De Semana."
as a tribute to this legendary era. Since then, Costa has only released
a few records which are all collector's items, and thus her guest
appearances on this album are priceless to every bossa aficionado.
Her duet partner Johnny Alf is said to be the spiritual father
of bossa nova. As early as in the Fifties he paved the way for the
new genre with his sensitive treatment of harmonic progression,
being influenced by Nat King Cole, Gershwin and Sinatra. His way
of playing the piano was admired by the young Jobim and rubbed off
on countless Brazilian musicians. Later collaborations stretched
from Egberto Gismonti to Gilberto Gil. At the age of seventy Alf
recently received the Shell award for his lifetime work. With his
charming voice he escorts through the title track, one of his timeless
compositions, which truly creates atmosphere of a relaxed week-end
between Ipanema and the Sugar Loaf. Besides "Chora Tua Tristeza"
Costa and Alf sing a moving duet in Jobims "Outra Vez" as well as
in the love hymn "O Que É Amar", another pearl of Alf's making.
With "Fim De Semana Em Eldorado" Morello and Barth impressively
add a new chapter to one of the most thrilling stories in musical
history, that of the encounter between jazz and the rich sounds
of Brazil. According to the Latin musicians that were part of the
project, these impressions from the Guanabara bay will linger, because
they affirmed that these recordings were the most wonderful ones
to which they had the chance to contribute since the last ten years.
Kim Barth - alto sax, flute
Paulo Morello - guitar
Johnny Alf - vocals
Alaíde Costa - vocals
João Carlos Coutinho - fender rhodes, piano
Kiko Continentino - hammond B3
Lúcio Nascimento - bass
Alberto Continentino - bass
Adriano de Oliveira - drums
Fernando Pereira - drums
Cacá Colon - drums
Reginaldo Vargas - percussion
Jorge Continentino - pífano flute
Wolfgang Stadler - bass
Jermaine Landsberger - piano