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Choros & Alegria

by Moacir Santos

The follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed "Ouro Negro" featuring Moacir Santos himself along with Wynton Marsalis, Mario Adnet, Ricardo Silveira, Ze Nogueira, Teco Cardoso, Cristovao Bastos, Amando Marcal and many more.
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1. Now I Know MOACIR SANTOS
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2. Another Thing MOACIR SANTOS
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3. Paradise MOACIR SANTOS
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4. Vain MOACIR SANTOS
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5. Flowers MOACIR SANTOS
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6. Longing For Jacques MOACIR SANTOS
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7. Cleonix MOACIR SANTOS
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8. Ricaom MOACIR SANTOS
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9. From Bahia to Ceara MOACIR SANTOS
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10. Excerpt No 1 MOACIR SANTOS
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11. The Lemurians MOACIR SANTOS
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12. Route Infinite MOACIR SANTOS
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13. Lovers Samba MOACIR SANTOS
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14. Merry-go-round MOACIR SANTOS
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15. Felipe MOACIR SANTOS
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Recorded this year in Rio and Sao Paulo, and produced under Santos' direct supervision by Mario Adnet and Ze Nogueira, who last collaborated with Santos on 2004's critically acclaimed Ouro Negro, Choros & Alegria pays tribute to Santos' prolific five decade long career.

Wynton Marsalis, a long time admirer of Santos' work, can be heard on the track, "Route ¥." In addition to Marsalis and Santos himself, who sings on five tunes, producers Adnet and Nogueira also contribute musically to the CD. Among the other acclaimed instrumentalists who perform on Choros & Alegria are Ricardo Silveira, Christovao Bastos, Armando Marcal, Teco Cardoso, Proveta and Trio Maderia Brasil.



Choros & Alegria is just one of several Moacir Santos projects coming from Adventure, in conjunction with Santos' 80th birthday in 2006. A DVD capturing the recording of Ouro Negro is slated for release early in the year, and the label's newly created publishing division, Adventure Publishing, plans to release songbooks for both Ouro Negro and Choros & Alegria.

Moacir Santos, born to a poor family in Pernambuco (northeastern Brazil, ) is regarded as a walking encyclopedia in the realm of Brazilian instrumental music. Without hesitation, artists like João Donato, Dori Caymmi, Paulo Moura and Sérgio Mendes will testify to his brilliance. The late Brazilian guitar ace Baden Powell was Moacir's pupil, and revered his master on the song "Samba da Benção." And the President of Brazil has awarded Santos the medal of Rio Branco's order.



Santos gained status as an arranger while working on the radio in Brazil in the 1950s. According to Santos, one of his most important works in Brazil was the soundtrack he wrote for the movie Amor no Pacifico (Love in the Pacific), which opened the doors for him to both the Brazilian and international markets, and eventually prompted him to move to the United States in 1967. In America, he recorded four solo albums, three of them for the renowned jazz label Blue Note, and one of them nominated for a Grammy Award. He also wrote soundtracks in Hollywood and taught numerous students, including Sérgio Mendes. His first release for Adventure Music was Ouro Negro, which was originally released in Brazil in 2001, and which The New York Times then named as one of the best recordings of the year not available in the US. The CD's 2004 US. release also earned considerable critical acclaim, finally drawing long over-due attention to Santos' incredible musical legacy.


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Christopher Lirette

a more compelling version of reality
The CD, taken from recordings through different points in Moacir Santos's career, reflects Santos's clear talent at articulating the original sounds of his life and culture. The sultry opening track, "Agora eu sei," seduces, making the journey through the rest of the tracks irresistable. "Cleonix," dedicated sweetly to his wife, is at once subtle and organic, a glowing track from 1947 that sounds not archaic or even vaguely old-fashioned, but ethereally modern. "Rota 8" features an edgy solo by Wynton Marsalis that wavers along a thin wire between the cocky and flirtatious. The rarest gem of Choros & Alegria is the final track, "Filipe," with Moacir himself singing along with a choir of children. The tune creates the most surreal and simultaneous captivating mood in Jazz I've heard. It does what any good piece of art does--recreates reality into something at times more brilliant, at times more dark, but always more compelling than the reality we know.