São Paulo Confessions

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
One of the brightest lights in Brazil's digital firmament was Suba, a DJ, producer, and Yugoslavian immigrant who called São Paulo home. In a short time, the young beat savant put his stamp on excellent albums from Mestre Ambrosio, Arnaldo Antunes, Marina Lima, and others. Suba's facility with both electronic and natural percussion and voice alike makes SAO PAULO CONFESSIONS, his debut, a sonically gorgeous slice of Brazilian futurism: warm and earthy, while at the same time cosmopolitan and cool. Tragically, Suba wouldn't live to see the album's U.S. release; an apartment fire took his life in November of 1999. These CONFESSIONS are thus something of a last will and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
One of the brightest lights in Brazil's digital firmament was Suba, a DJ, producer, and Yugoslavian immigrant who called São Paulo home. In a short time, the young beat savant put his stamp on excellent albums from Mestre Ambrosio, Arnaldo Antunes, Marina Lima, and others. Suba's facility with both electronic and natural percussion and voice alike makes SAO PAULO CONFESSIONS, his debut, a sonically gorgeous slice of Brazilian futurism: warm and earthy, while at the same time cosmopolitan and cool. Tragically, Suba wouldn't live to see the album's U.S. release; an apartment fire took his life in November of 1999. These CONFESSIONS are thus something of a last will and testament, speaking to the debts the artist owed to the heritage of his adopted home, from the African and indigenous percussion powering his tracks to the melodic lilt of samba and bossa nova. "Antropòfagos" resounds with Afro-Brazilian drumming and skronk bass before vanishing into an Amazonian soundscape of reedy fiddle and Indian shakers. "Felicidade" is a distant, dreamy version of the bossa nova classic, mood-lit by piano and trumpet bursts. Vocalist Cibelle (and guests Katia B., Taciana, Joana Jones, and Antunes himself, rapping on "Abraço") gives a pop handle to these heady instrumental tracks. Perhaps it's the autobiographical "Samba do Gringo Paulista," which imprints the thunder of Carnaval on a Detroit kick track, that best encapsulates the passions of Suba, and the gorgeous, visionary music making with which he would have continued to astound listeners.
All Music Guide - John Vallier
Brazil's São Paulo is the largest city in South America, home to an estimated 19 million inhabitants. In 1992, this megalopolis ranked as the world's third largest city, coming in behind Tokyo and Mexico City. Within São Paulo's environs, like within any 21st century city, there is diversity and disparity, super-modern chic, and profound indigence. On the CD São Paulo Confessions, the Yugoslavian-born Brazilian pianist, producer, and programmer Suba mixed the modernity of techno beats and sampled loops with traditional Brazilian musics. Suba, who previously played piano with Hermeto Pascoal and Marcos Suzano, and produced records for such well-known Brazilian artists as Marina Lima, Mestre Ambrosio, Edson Cordeiro, and Arnaldo Artunes, collaborated on São Paulo Confessions with percussionist João Parahyba and vocalists Cibelle and Taciana. Their live percussion and vocals, in addition to a number of acoustic guitar melodies, add enormous depth to Suba's inventive compositions. Unfortunately, the songs suffer when a standard techno dancehall bass drum line is added to the mix. The techno beat tends to take João Parahyba's uniquely Brazilian rhythms and override their subtleties with an extremely uninteresting and plodding beat. Nonetheless, particularly commendable tracks on São Paulo Confessions include "Vocé Gosta" and "Antropofagos," which both feature reverberating street samba rhythms. The CD's eighth track, "Sereia," has at its core what sounds like an oscillating electronic cuica. In sum, Suba, who died from smoke inhalation during a fire in his São Paulo apartment and studio, was indeed one of Brazil's most promising exponents of modern Brazilian music. Though his death is undeniably tragic, Suba's inventive and visionary São Paulo Confessions will allow his legacy to live one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5410377000926
  • Catalog Number: 915238
  • Sales rank: 190,919

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tantos Desejos (4:27)
  2. 2 Você Gosta (4:20)
  3. 3 Na Neblina (4:43)
  4. 4 Segredo (4:03)
  5. 5 Antropofagos (6:22)
  6. 6 Felicidade (4:21)
  7. 7 Um Dia Comum (Em SP) (4:59)
  8. 8 Sereia (6:00)
  9. 9 Samba Do Gringo Paulista (4:49)
  10. 10 Abraço (5:05)
  11. 11 Pecados Da Madrugada (5:05)
  12. 12 A Noite Sem Fim (7:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Suba Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards
André Geraissati Acoustic Guitar
João Parahyba Percussion, Drums, Sampling, Snare Drums
Katia Vocals
Arnaldo Antunes Vocals
Mestre Ambrósio Bass, Percussion
Cibelle Vocals
Roberto Frejat Cavaco
Joanna Jones Vocals
Kuaker Guitar
Luis Do Monte Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Taciana Vocals
Edgard Scandurra Guitar
Katia B Vocals
Technical Credits
Vincent Kenis Mastering
Suba Programming
Cibelle Composer
Taciana Barros Composer
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  • Posted November 17, 2010

    It all starts here

    This tribute to the deceased Suba is a tribute to Brazilian music a tout. There's nothing more to say except, it all starts here. JM

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