Laurindo Almeida : Brazilliance

Laurindo Almeida : Brazilliance


Laurindo Almeida (guitar), Bud Shank (alto sax), Harry Babasin (bass), Roy Harte (drums)

recorded in 1953

World Pacific 14

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Atabaque
A2 - Amor Flamenco
A3 - Stairway to the Stars
A4 - Acercate Mas
A5 - Terra Seca
A6 - Speak Low
A7 - Inquietacao
B1 - Baa-Too-Kee
B2 - Carinoso
B3 - Tocata
B4 - Hazardous
B5 - Nono
B6 - Noctambulism
B7 - Blue Baiao

More than seven years before Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd introduced the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim to American audiences, guitarist Laurindo Almeida and altoist Bud Shank (in a quartet with bassist Harry Babasin and drummer Roy Harte) recorded the intriguing music heard on this LP. The performances are very close to bossa nova in their combination of cool-toned jazz and Brazilian rhythms; in fact, these are arguably the first bossa nova recordings, long before even Jobim and Joao Gilberto initially recorded. Only four of the 14 tunes are not based on Brazilian folk songs, and many of the songs (particularly "Carinoso") are quite memorable. This historically significant, very accessible, and highly recommended release is a gem.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.