Walter Wanderley – Sucessos Dançantes Em Ritmo De Romance (1961)

FrontCover1.jpgWalter Wanderley (born Walter Jose Wanderley Mendonça, 12 May 1932 – 4 September 1986) was a Brazilian organist and pianist, best known for his lounge and bossa nova music and for his instrumental version of the song Summer Samba which became a worldwide hit.

Wanderley was born in Recife, Brazil. Already famous in his native country by the late 1950s, he became an internationally renowned star in the mid-1960s through his collaboration with the singer Astrud Gilberto.

He recorded six albums on the Verve label between 1966 and 1968. Three of those albums, Rain Forest, Cheganca and Astrud Gilberto’s A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness, were with a trio consisting of Wanderley, Claudio Slon (drums) and Jose Marino (bass) and were produced in the United States by Creed Taylor, who initially brought the trio to the U.S. to record at the persuasion of Tony Bennett. Wanderley’s U.S. recording of Summer Samba reached No. 26 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1966.[2] Another album recorded during that period was Popcorn, in collaboration with the Brazilian singer-guitarist Luiz Henrique Rosa. Around that same period Wanderley also established the Carnival with Bob Matthews, João Palma, José Soares, and Janis Hansen; all former members of Sérgio Mendes’ Brasil ’66.

WalterWanderley01After the trio disbanded (though they were briefly reunited in 1971 for “The Return of the Original” on Canyon Records), Wanderley himself continued to record albums on Verve, A&M/CTI, and GNP Crescendo. During that time, he also made numerous personal appearances, including a concert tour of Mexico.

Wanderley was known for his distinctive staccato stuttering style and mastery of the Hammond B-3 organ and on later recordings and during live concerts a L Series Hammond. His later career was blighted by alcoholism and he died in relative obscurity of cancer in 1986 in San Francisco, California, aged 54.

He was married to Isaurinha Garcia, one of the most popular singers in Brazil. He is the grandfather of Brazilian actor and singer Rickkie. (by wikipedia)

And here´s a real beutiful album from his early days. What a great organ … but a superb saxophon and uitar, too.

And if you like orga music (like me), than it´s time to discover the one and only Walter Wanderley!

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a bunch of unknown studio musicians

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Tracklist:
01. E Daí ? (Proibição Inútil e Ilegal) (Gustavo) 2.34
02. O Apito do Samba (Bandeira) 3.22
03. Gimba (Kaszas/Guarnieri) 2.28
04. Io (Migliacci/Modogno) 2.37
05. Baby Rock (Nisa) 2.48
06. Quem É ? (Magalhães/Navarro)
07. Oh! Carol (Howard Greenfield/Neil Sedaka) 2.58
08. Perfume de Gardenia (Hernandez) 3.16
09. Quero Beijar-te as Mãos (de Carvalho/Faisal) 2.18
10. A Noite do Meu Bem (Duran) 2.26
11. Fim de Caso (Duran) 2.43
12. Castigo (Duran) 2.49

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Various Artists – Bossa Nova Instrumentals (2012)

FrontCover1.jpgBossa nova is a style of Brazilian music, which was developed and popularized in the 1950s and 1960s and is today one of the best-known Brazilian music styles abroad. The phrase bossa nova means literally “new trend” or “new wave” A lyrical fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova acquired a large following in the 1960s, initially among young musicians and college students. (by wikipedia)

In the late 1950s and early ’60s, songwriters like the classically-trained Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim and the soft-voiced guitarist João Gilberto created a smoother, jazz-influenced version of the Samba – which itself was a product of the nation’s poorer classes. Middle-class Brazilians preferred the newer sound, which was dubbed Bossa Nova, or “The New Way.” Bossa Nova is velvet sophistication atop a feathery five-against-four rhythm, and is most famously epitomized by Gilberto’s “Girl from Ipanema.” American jazzmen like Stan Getz – who went on to collaborate frequently with Gilberto and Herbie Mann visited Brazil and brought the Bossa Nova to international attention. Some commercial distortion followed, but Bossa Nova continues to influence modern Brazilian pop and other regional styles today. (by urbandictionary.com)

And here´s a rare sampler … I found in the net many, many years ago .. .compiled by a Mr. “GB” …

And: the music is much better than this more or less silly cover … !!!

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Tracklist:
01. Grupo Cabana: One Note Samba (Jobim) 2.34
02. Dick Farney: Valsa De Uma Cidade (Veleso) 2.57
03. Eumir Deodato: O Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved) (Jobim/de Moraes) 3.14
04. Laurindo Almeida & The Bossa Nova All Stars: Petite Fleur (Bechet) 2.14
05. Os Carioquinhas: Gadu Namorando (Lalau/Vermelho) 1.57
06. Baden Powell: Improviso Em Bossa Nova (Powell) 2.09
07. Sergio Mendes: Oba La La (Gilberto) 2.30
08. Grupo Cabana: Favela (Jobim/de Moraes) 3.38
09. Waltel Branco: Deixa A Nega Gingar (de Castro) 2.08
10. Roberto Menescal: Surf Board (Jobim) 2.08
11. Quincy Jones: Se E Tarde Me Pardoa (Lyra/Boscoli) 
4.25
12. Antonio Carlos Jobim & Claus Ogerman: Agua De Beber (Jobim/de Moraes) 2.52
13. Meirelles E Copa 5: Diz Que Fui Por Ai (Rocha/Keti) 1.37
14. Oscar Castro Neves: Chora Tua Tristeza (Castro Neves/Bonfa/Schiffrin) 1.36
15. Cal Tjader: Souled On (Tjader) 4.21
16. Antonio Carlos Jobim: Stone Flower (Jobim) 3.26
17. Joao Donato: Sambou Sambou (Mello/Donato) 2.19
18. Walter Wanderley: Bicho Do Mato (Ben) 1.54
19. Rio 65 Trio: Upa Neguinho (Lobo/Guarnieri) 2.08
20. Quincy Jones: Soul Bossa Nova (Jones) 2.48
21. Roberto Menescal: Surfboard (Jobim) 2.08
22. Laurindo Almeida & The Bossa Nova All Stars: Desafinado (Jobim) 3.11
23. Sabastio Tapajos: Rio Das Ostras (Silveira) 2.25

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Walter Wanderley – Feito Sob Medida (1959)

FrontCover1.jpgWalter Wanderley was a talented and gifted organist with an acute ear for new harmonies. With 46 recorded solo albums in his entire career, both in Brazil and the U.S., he reached number 26 on the Billboard pop charts in September 1966, opening a large pathway of success only menaced by himself and his complex character. Ten years after his death from cancer, with a new fad coming, he was repackaged by the entertainment industry as a mere lounge player, carrying his record sales even further and sending the cost of his out-of-print albums to the stratosphere, but all at the cost of minimizing his significance. It is forgotten that the time lag worked against him and what today is lounge music was then innovative and revolutionary. With all those fans of samba-canção divas feeling personally insulted by those percussive rhythms reminiscent of a Brazilian black tradition that was not dear to the average Brazilian, it has to be stressed that the bossa nova movement, and Wanderley within it, had the role of affirming Brazilian identity in a broader cultural industry which was developed out of the folkloric redoubts. In fact, he also has an upbeat production full of that energy provided by his distinctive staccato Walter Wanderley01.jpgstuttering style, immediately reminiscent of authentic Brazilian rhythmic and percussive impetus. He also improvised extended melodic solos without reheated licks, but that was obviously also left out of his most popular albums.

At five, he was already playing the piano. At 12, he attended the Licee of Arts for a year of theory classes, later studying harmony and arranging. Beginning his professional career while still in Recife, a most lively city with a vibrant cultural life, he worked every night either at the piano or at the organ. At 26, in 1958, he moved to São Paulo and immediately became an active player in nightclubs such as the Claridge, the Captain’s Bar, and Oásis. Wanderley’s first recording was in August 1959 for Odeon, with Carlos Lyra’s “Lobo Bobo.” Backing his wife, Brazilian singer Isaurinha Garcia (with whom he had a daughter, Monica), he recorded for the second time one month later. At that time, he was Garcia’s accompanist and arranger. (by Alvaro Neder)

And here´s a pretty fine example of his gifted talent … a great mix between jazz and easy listening …

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Personnel:
Walter Wanderley (organ)
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a bunch of unknown studio musicians

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Tracklist:
01. Este Seu Olhar (Jobim) 2.21
02. Lamento (Ferrcira/Antonio) 3.12
03. Lobo Bobo (Lyra/Boscoli) 1.58
04. Siete Notas de Amor (Alvarado) 1.59
05. El Reloj (Cantoral) 2.42
06. Hô-Bá-Lá-Lá (Gilberto) 2.47
07. The Diary (Sedeka/Greenfield) 2.29
08. Stupid Cupid (Sedeka/Greenfield) 2.21
09. My Heart Sings (Ma Mie) (Rome/Jamplan/Herpin) 2.04
10. Adios (Madriguera) 2.40
11. Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Farres) 2.28
12. Perfidia (Dominquez) 2.26

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