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Label: IN+OUT Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Latin Jazz

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  • 1Samba I04:45
  • 2Eu Vou Voltar04:26
  • 3o Oue É Amar04:29
  • 4Luciana03:38
  • 5Eu Te Vi04:17
  • 6Fim de Semana Em Eldorado03:35
  • 7Pé Quebrado04:00
  • 8Balada Pra J.06:35
  • 9Outra Vez04:40
  • 10Samba Horizontal04:02
  • 11Botafogo Bounce04:05
  • 12Chora Tua Tristeza03:22
  • 13Songuito05:55
  • 14Piu-Piu01:09
  • Total Runtime58:58

Info for Fim De Semana em Eldorado (Remaster)

It 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 musica brasileira such as Gilberto Gil, Maria Bethania, 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 Lucio Nascimento refines the straightforward samba opener. Decent chords and solos from the Fender Rhodes of Joao 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 maracate 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. Alaide Costa (pronounced 'ala'eejee') has already gone down to the annals of her countries' musical history as the Billie Holiday of Brazil. Joao 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 e 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.

„The entire album is worth spinning repeatedly but, like most albums, there are the extra exceptional tracks and they include 'Eu Te Vi,' where the saxophonist is particularly expressive, the delicious soft ballad of 'Balada Pra J.' and the gentle bossa nova magic of 'Songuito.' Whether favoring a smart bossa or a hot samba jam, the European combo of guitarist Paulo Morello and alto saxophonist Kim Barth put it all together in Fim De Semana Em Eldorado, a weekend at Eldorado where it's obvious they found the gold with this one.“ (All About Jazz)

Kim Barth, alto saxophone, flute
Paulo Morello, guitar
Johnny Alf, vocals
Alaide Costa, vocals
Joao Carlos Coutinho, Fender Rhodes, piano
Kiko Continentino, Hammond B3
Lucio Nascimento, bass
Alberto Continentino, bass
Adriano de Oliveira, drums
Fernando Pereira, drums
Caca Colon, drums
Reginaldo Vargas, percussion
Jorge Continentino, pifano flute
Wolfgang Stadler, bass
Jermaine Landsberger, piano

Digitally remastered

Paulo Morello
(7. Oktober 1970 in Burglengenfeld als Cornelius Paul Schmidkunz) ist ein deutscher Jazzgitarrist, Komponist und Musikproduzent.

Paulo Morello studierte das Hauptfach Jazzgitarre am Meistersingerkonservatorium in Nürnberg bei Helmut Kagerer von 1992 bis 1993 und von 1993 bis 1995 an der Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim bei Frank Kuruc. Es folgte ein einjähriger Studienaufenthalt an der New Yorker New School mit dem Hauptfach Jazzgitarre bei Jim Hall und Peter Leitch und zusätzlichem Unterricht bei Buster Williams, Jack Wilkins, Attila Zoller, Richie Beirach und George Garzone. 1996 bis 1998 studierte er erneut an der Musikhochschule Mannheim, wo er seine akademischen Studien mit einer künstlerisch/pädagogischen Diplomprüfung abschloss. Zusätzlich nahm Morello bei Workshops Unterricht u. a. bei Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Stern, Hal Galper, Jimmy Cobb, Frank Foster, Pat Martino, Tal Farlow, John Scofield und Karl Ratzer.

Im Jahr 2001 begann Paulo Morello seine internationale Karriere mit dem von ihm gemeinsam mit dem dänisch-deutschen Saxofonisten Kim Barth initiierten und produzierten Projekt „Bossa Nova Legends“. Mit diesem Projekt unternahm er in den folgenden Jahren u. a. mit Leny Andrade und dem Sänger Johnny Alf Tourneen in Europa und Südamerika. Hierbei gastierte er z. B. in der Queen Elisabeth Hall/London Jazz Festival, im Teatro Rival/Rio de Janeiro, beim Verona Jazz Festival/Italien, beim Vilnius Jazz Festival/Litauen und beim San Javier Jazz Festival in Spanien. An dieses Projekt schlossen sich u.a. eine Europa-Tournee mit dem Trio des Organisten Jimmy Smith, Tourneen und eine CD- Produktion mit Paul Kuhn und Greetje Kauffeld, Engagements mit Roberta Gambarini sowie eine Tournee mit dem Kim Barth & Michael Mossman Sextett an.

Im Jahr 2008 stellte Paulo Morello gemeinsam mit Jermaine Landsberger und Peter Weniger mit der CD-Produktion Hammond Eggs sein Orgel-Trio vor. Im Jahr 2011 folgte mit dem Album Night of Jazz Guitars bei der Jazzwoche Burghausen die Präsentation eines Gitarrenquartetts mit Larry Coryell, Helmut Kagerer, Andreas Dombert und dem Gast Philip Catherine. 2012 erschien das Album 'Afternoon in Rio', das Paulo Morello zusammen mit Tizian Jost und Erivelton Silva produzierte. Gastsolisten sind Hendrik Meurkens, Wolfgang Lackerschmid und Kim Barth.

Paulo Morello ist seit dem Jahr 1999 als Dozent an der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg tätig und erteilt Unterricht im instrumentalen Hauptfach Jazz-Gitarre. Zusätzlich unterrichtet er die Big-Band Rhythmusgruppe und leitet eine Brazilian Jazz-Combo.

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