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Ocean Memories

by Bola Sete

2-CD set. Solo guitar music which is a synthesis of many influences, including Brazilian folk music, bossa nova, Spanish music, classical guitar, jazz, and American folk. Absolutely glorious music.
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Vira Mundo Penba
4:16 $0.99
2. Guitar Lamento
4:49 $0.99
3. Let Go
4:45 $0.99
4. Macumba
3:43 $0.99
5. The Lonely Gaucho
2:33 $0.99
6. Inn of the Beginning
2:28 $0.99
7. Xengo Xengo Xerengo
2:42 $0.99
8. Ocean Waves
8:58 $1.29
9. Jongo
2:21 $0.99
10. O Astronauto
3:06 $0.99
11. Black Mommy
4:31 $0.99
12. Jongada
6:27 $0.99
13. Maria Moita
3:53 $0.99
14. Tio George
3:02 $0.99
15. Meu Ogum
3:14 $0.99
16. Rosa Morena
3:22 $0.99
17. Ocean Fantasy
10:29 $0.99
18. Nao E Bem Assim
2:23 $0.99
19. Dindi
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Album Notes
October 2000

Ocean Memories

I first glimpsed Bola Sete through the refracting lens of another artist's eyes, heart and fingers: John Fahey, who issued Ocean in 1975 on Takoma Records and has absorbed aspects of the late guitarist's lyrical style and evocative compositions into his own work.

This splendid double CD reissues that long-lost LP, along with eight more tracks from the same recording session. Sete (his stage name is Portuguese for "seven ball") was born Djalma de Andrade in Rio de Janeiro in 1923, moved to the U.S. in 1959 and worked his way up from gigs in hotel bands to playing with jazzmen Dizzy Gillespie and Vince Guaraldi.

In the 1970s he began performing solo guitar concerts in California folk clubs, which is where Fahey first encountered him. I can hear what Fahey loved about Sete's work: He effortlessly blended bossa nova, samba, classical and folk sources into a thrilling torrent of unabashedly gorgeous music that could conjure both paradisiacal bliss and bleak loneliness without shortchanging either.

This is music that stands outside of genre and style and casts an imposing shadow over the work of other greats.

---Bill Meyer

Following notes are by Anne Sete:

This is a 2-CD set. Bola Sete was born "Djalma de Andrade" on July 16, 1923, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was born into a musical family, and began playing the ukelele when he was 3. His Uncle George would take him to Carnival where Uncle George and several others in the family would play on street corners to earn money. Bola would dance and play his ukelele. Bola continue to develop his guitar skills, and after high school went on to study music in both Sao Paulo and at the Rio Conservatory of Music. He performed for several radio stations.

Ultimately he formed his own band and played throughout South America and Europe (mostly in hotels and resorts). In 1959 he was brought to the United States by the Sheraton Hotel chain. He played throughout the USA at the Sheraton Hotels. In 1966 he played for 2 years with pianist Vince Guaraldi. In 1967 he formed his own trio. He began playing solo in 1971. He was a great yogi. He was an extraordinarily gifted guitarist. Historically he was a musician who bridged the music from the "old" style of jazz in clubs to the "new age" music.Please visit



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I needed this. All that's left is more finger excursions to these places.


Totally Awesome!!!
I first found this as an LP way back in college in the 80s. I just stumbled on it. Me and friends would often chill out to it on Saturdays or Sundays after having partied all night the night (or nights) before. After a couple of years, I put it on cassette and carried it around the world with me as I traveled. That one cassette somehow lasted over 15 years. It made it through the jungle in Thailand, the mountains of Java, sultry nights in Bali and my house in a village at the base of Mt. name a few. It has been a long, long time companion.

And now it's even BETTER with the added tracks!!! This is perfect music for absolutely any occasion. Quiet chill session alone music, dinner music, low-key party music, hit-the road music, beach music, kissin''s passionate and deep and you can feel Bola's Brazilian soul in every note................and all the spaces in between. You MUST have this CD!!!

chris lohnes

absolutely essential listening
This is a two disc set, the first duplicates the original release without the annoying production qualities. The second cd is comprised of studio outtakes. The feel of the entire set is unrestrained passion perfectly balanced with intellect and outstanding technique.


a classic
i, too, stumbled on a tape of this music in the '80's. i was immediately mesmerized by it. for some reason i dubbed it and kept the copy, not the original, and thru the years i'd fruitlessly searched for it again. anytime i needed to chill or heal i played that tape. it always did the trick. it's both meditative and stirring, heady and moving, and no matter how many times i'd go back to it for the same reasons, i always heard something new each time i played it. bola sete is one of the guitar gods and i'm ecstatic to get a new pristine cd of this album. the added tracks are pure gravy.