Laurindo Almeida – Guitar From Ipanema (1964)

FrontCover1Laurindo Almeida (September 2, 1917 – July 26, 1995) was a Brazilian virtuoso guitarist and composer who made many recordings of enduring impact in classical, jazz and Latin genres. He is widely credited, with fellow artist Bud Shank, for creating the fusion of Latin and jazz which came to be known as the jazz samba. Almeida was the first artist to receive Grammy Awards for both classical and jazz performances. His discography encompasses more than a hundred recordings over five decades. (by wikipedia)

It is a bit ironic that guitarist Laurindo Almeida found himself in the 1960’s jumping on the bossa-nova bandwagon a bit late for he had actually pioneered the movement a decade earlier. The Brazilian guitarist plays well enough on the 11 bossa tunes included on this out-of-print Lp (mostly originals plus covers of “The Girl From Ipanema,” “Manha De Carnaval” and “Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars”) but the arrangements (which sometimes utilize the whistling of Jack Marshall, George Field’s harmonica and flutist Harry Klee among others) are commercial and overly concise; all but two of the songs are under three minutes. Irene Kral’s two vocals (quite early in her career) are a plus and the music is quite pleasing but there are no surprises. (by Scott Yanow)

This music is magical …. and I imagine to touch the body of my lady with a feather …

Laurindo Almeida

Personnel:
Laurindo Almeida (guitar)
Justin Gordon (flute)
Al Hendrickson (guitar)
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Djalma Ferreira (organ on 05.)
George Fields (harmonica on 02. + 10.)
Harry Klee (flute on 03., 06. + 07.)
Irene Kral (vocals on 03., 08.)
Fafá Lemos (violin on 11.)
Jack Marshall (guitar … occasional, whistling on 01., 09.)

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Tracklist:
01. The Girl From Ipanema (Jobim/Gimbel/DeMorares) 2.20
02. Manhã de Carnaval (Maria/Bonfa) 3.10
03. Sarah’s Samba (Almeida) 2.08
04. Winter Moon (Almeida/Nelson) 2.58
05. Izabella (Ferreira) 2.34
06. Choro For People In Love (Almeida) 2.50
07. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) (Jobim) 2.42
08. Old Guitaron (Mercer/Almeida) 3.51
09. Um Abraço No Bonfa (Gilberto) 2.12
10. Twilight In Rio (Almeida) 3.04
11. The Fiddler’s Wolf Whistle (Lemos) 2.11

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