Chico

Chico

by Chico Buarque
     
 

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A towering figure in the history of Brazilian culture, over the past 15 years Chico Buarque has been progressively distancing himself from music, choosing instead to concentrate on his many other projects, such as his internationally acclaimed novels. Contrary to his restless peer Caetano Veloso, Buarque has always been a classicist,

Overview

A towering figure in the history of Brazilian culture, over the past 15 years Chico Buarque has been progressively distancing himself from music, choosing instead to concentrate on his many other projects, such as his internationally acclaimed novels. Contrary to his restless peer Caetano Veloso, Buarque has always been a classicist, either working inside traditional genres such as the samba and the choro (rather than blowing them apart) or coming up with new ones. Looking back at his 45-year career (and almost as many albums), it is easy to understand Buarque when he says he is not writing songs anymore because he feels he has exhausted himself; after all, the man has written literally hundreds of undisputed masterpieces. His most recent offerings, of which the simply titled Chico is the latest, have been few and far between, and in the greater scheme of things will probably add little to his monumental legacy. Still, considering that in all of his life Buarque has been unable to write a single tune that is not at the very least utterly beautiful -- not unlike his mentor Tom Jobim -- the ten new songs on Chico are customarily unimpeachable. The same verdict applies to all of the elements that make Buarque's music so maddeningly, monolithically perfect: from his immaculate arrangements to his unerring choice of musical partners, his deeply tender voice, and his brilliant songwriting, everything is in place in this succinct, melancholic, almost non-assuming collection -- only not at quite the same impossible heights. Finally, even if these (or any other!) songs may find it too hard to break into the Buarque pantheon at this point, the duet with rising star Thaís Gulin in "Se Eu Soubesse" demonstrates once again that no one writes for female singers like Chico Buarque, and the one with João Bosco in "Sinha" offers further proof of his supreme literary skills.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471163124
catalogNumber:
31631
Rank:
186747

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chico Buarque   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
João Bosco   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Wilson DasNeves   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Nicolas Krassik   Violin
Armando Marçal   Percussion
Robertinho Silva   Percussion
Paulo Sérgio Santos   Clarinet
Copacabana   Choir, Chorus
Jurim Moreira   Percussion,Drums
Jorge Helder   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Marcelo Bernardes   Clarinet,Flute
Jaime Alem   Viola
Marcelo Martins   Tenor Saxophone
Jessé Sadoc   Trombone
Ari Bispo   Choir, Chorus
Zé Canuto   Alto Saxophone
Cristina Braga   Harp
Analimar   Choir, Chorus
Franklin daFlauta   Flute
Aldivas Ayres   Trombone
Zenilda   Choir, Chorus
João Reboucas   Piano,Keyboards
Dudu Trentin   Keyboards
Eliezer Rodrigues   Tuba
Márcio André   Flugelhorn
Luiz Cláudio Ramos   Acoustic Guitar,Musical Direction
Marcos Nimrichter   Accordion
Carla Rincon   Violin
Francinete   Choir, Chorus
Radamés Gnattali Quintet   Strings
Thais Gulin   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Luiz Alves   Bass
Frado   Electric Guitar
Hugo Pilger   Cello
Francisco Roa   Violin
Jessé Sadoc Filho   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Fernando Tebaldi   Viola

Technical Credits

João Bosco   Composer
Chico Buarque   Composer
Ivan Lins   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Jorge Helder   Composer
Olivia Hime   Artistic Director
Luiz Cláudio Ramos   Arranger,Musical Producer
Vinícius França   Executive Producer
Fernando Prado   Engineer
Kees Schoof   Liner Notes
Marcela Maia   Producer
Sean Marlowe   Art Direction
Priscila Lopes   Graphic Design
Liliane Kemper   Graphic Design

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