Antonio Adolfo | Chora Baiao

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Chora Baiao

by Antonio Adolfo

Brazilian pianist Antonio Adolfo presents his quintet (piano, bass, guitar, drums and percussion) plus vocalist Carol Saboya on two tracks. The album reunites songs by Guinga, Chico Buarque and Adolfo interpreted with a Brazilian Jazz taste.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Da O Pe, Loro
4:15 $0.99
2. No Na Garganta
5:31 $0.99
3. Chora, Baiao
5:11 $0.99
4. Voce, Voce
3:52 $0.99
5. A Ostra E O Vento
4:05 $0.99
6. Chicote
4:15 $0.99
7. Chorosa Blues
1:25 $0.99
8. Gota Dagua
4:36 $0.99
9. Di Menor
3:22 $0.99
10. Catavento E Girassol
4:52 $0.99
11. Morro Dois Irmaos
5:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Traditionally, Samba, Choro, and Baião have been the most popular two-beat Brazilian music styles (as opposed to the four-beat Frevo and Samba-Canção). All three originated in the 19th century, and each was rhythmically influenced by African batuques and the very early Brazilian lundu, which formed the roots of maracatu, the rhythmic synthesis of the three styles. This synthesis occurred despite the fact that, melodically and harmonically, each of these styles had been subject to very different influences: African chants (Samba), European dances and classical music (Choro), and the Moorish-flavored musical atmosphere of the Iberian Peninsula (Baião). This marvelous mixture—plus a taste of Jazz (and consequently Bossa) and Blues—resulted in a very special combination, which became (and remains) very popular among Brazilian musicians.
On this CD I have decided to focus mainly on Choro and Baião, and have recorded music by two great composers whose work, in my view, embodies the finest modern combination of the elements described above: Guinga, who was introduced to Brazilian and international audiences in recent years and who has reinvented Choro and Baião with a distinctive melodic and harmonic approach that makes extensive use of diminished 5th and minor major 7th chords, among other incredible contributions; and Chico Buarque, a genius of MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) who first emerged in the 1960s, whose songs have made him immortal, and whose melodies and harmonies display a myriad of possibilities through his uniquely rich inverted bass lines (one of Choro’s main characteristics), among countless other musical innovations.
I have included three of my tunes (two of them never previously recorded) in the program, trying to harmonize my own music with these two distinguished Brazilian composers. Relying on the support of an extremely gifted group of musicians who represent the very best of Brazilian Jazz, I am pleased to present Chora Baião.
—Antonio Adolfo



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Scott O'Brien Review
Brazilian master composer/pianist/educator Antonio Adolfo, now based in Florida, has just released an incredibly melodic and accessible collection of songs that will perhaps introduce you to the two-beat Choro and Baiao elements of Brazilian music. Mr. Adolfo’s focus with CHORA BAIAO is primarily on the works of two Brazilian composers… Chico Buarque (from the 60’s and 70’s) and contemporary guitarist Guinga. Also included on this new release are three Adolfo original compositions, inspired by the Choro and Baiao styles, but which also integrate the more familiar samba and jazz idioms. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro with some of the finest jazz musicians in Brazil, including Antonio’s talented daughter, vocalist Carol Saboya, this album offers an exquisite journey into the entrancing musicality of Brazilian melody and rhythm. If you consider yourself a connoisseur of Brazilian jazz, as do I, then Antonio Adolfo’s CHORA BAIAO is an absolute must-have for your library!