Amazon

Amazon

by Thiago de Mello
     
 
For many years, it seemed most unlikely that Thiago de Mello's debut album and 1973 recording, Amazon would ever be reissued on CD. Only 1000 copies of the original vinyl LP were pressed back in 1973, and the master tape was destroyed in a fire. But where there is a will, there is sometimes a way. Brazilian producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro had a copy of the LP that

Overview

For many years, it seemed most unlikely that Thiago de Mello's debut album and 1973 recording, Amazon would ever be reissued on CD. Only 1000 copies of the original vinyl LP were pressed back in 1973, and the master tape was destroyed in a fire. But where there is a will, there is sometimes a way. Brazilian producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro had a copy of the LP that was still in good condition, and in 1999, he used digital technology to restore the recording; the result was a new CD version of Amazon that, although not ideal by audiophile standards, still sounds enjoyably good. On Amazon, de Mello is joined by an impressive cast of Brazilian and American players that includes, among others, Airto Moreira on drums and percussion, Claudio Roditi on trumpet, Paulo Moura on alto and soprano sax, Richard Kimball on piano, and Herb Bushler on bass. De Mello, who arranged the material with Kimball, is heard on acoustic guitar, percussion and vocals; on top of that, he composed all of the melodies, although some of the lyrics were written by others. Amazon contains its share of instrumentals, which include the vibrant "Amanhecer (The Dawn)," the good-natured "Rede de Caboclo," and the optimistic "Freedom." But vocals are also a high priority on this 38-minute disc, and they range from de Mello's performances in Portuguese on "Vou-Me Emboura (I'm Leavin')," "Tanta Ternura (So Much Tenderness)," "Andei So Por Andar (Time for a Change)." and the haunting "Amadeste (Desert Song)" to singer Michelle Brourman's performances in English on "Blue Sky" and "Don't Turn Away." DeSouteiro's digital restoration of Amazon in 1999 was a pleasant and totally unexpected surprise, and fans of Brazilian jazz and Brazilian pop will find a lot to enjoy on de Mello's very first album.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/05/2010
Label:
Ubatugui
UPC:
8427328125079
catalogNumber:
507

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thiago de Mello   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Paulo Moura   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Drums
Michele Brourman   Piano,Vocals,Voices
Herb Bushler   Bass,Electric Bass
Kay Coleman   Vocals
Richard Crooks   Drums
Lloyd McNeill   Flute
Don Payne   Bass
Portinho   Drums
Claudio Roditi   Trumpet
Bob Rose   Electric Guitar
Dom Salvador   Piano,Voices
Bob Dougherty   Bass
Richard Kimball   Piano,Conductor,Voices
Michelle Brouman   Keyboards,Vocals
Tony de Maio   Vocals

Technical Credits

Thiago de Mello   Arranger
Arnaldo DeSouteiro   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Gil Evans   Liner Notes
George Klabin   Engineer
Richard Kimball   Arranger
Carlos Pingarilho   Cover Painting

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