by Tony Mola


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Bahian percussionist Tony Mola set out to make a concentrated, all-encompassing, all-drums-blazing samba album -- and indeed, he has come up with a beauty. From start to finish, this CD percolates to several variants of samba in three- to four-minute bites -- irresistible, tuneful, joyous, sometimes surprising in its reach. The first track, "Conversa de Botequim," could be labeled Afro-samba -- the groove of the Afro-beat masters mixed with the percussion of Bahia -- and a number of other sambas on the CD openly betray their African roots and tributaries. Vocalist Gilson Babilônia sounds as if he has been studying Gilberto Gil closely and wisely; his singing has the same lithe, agile flexibility, tripping lightly over the groove. Now and then he is spelled by the smoother-textured, relaxed vocals of Carlinhos Marques -- and on the oddly calypso-flavored "Toma uma Beijoca," the singer is Tarsis Novaes. The playful flutes on "Beregede" and several other tracks belong to Letieres Leite. And throughout the disc, on a percussion shop full of instruments, Mola keeps the grooves floating along, never too heavy in accent, gently yet insistently pushing the beat. Give it a spin; you may never take it off.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
Label: Lightyear
UPC: 0085365473126
catalogNumber: 54731

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Mola   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Pandeiro,Coro
Luiz Caldas   Bandolin
Claudio Martins   Coro
Gustavo de Dalva   Percussion,Drums
Gustavo Di Dalva   Percussion
Letieres Leite   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Carlinhos Marques   Guitar,Violin,Vocals,Baixo,Guest Appearance
Gilson Babilônia   Vocals,Coro,Guest Appearance
Gerson Silva   Guitar
Eduardo Delval   Agogo
Cesário Leoni   Baixo
Cassio Calazans   Guitar
Otavio Americo   Baixo
Kaco Bocao   Coro
Rayala Conceicao   Banjo,Tenor Saxophone,Cavaquinho
Tarsis Novaes   Vocals,Coro,Guest Appearance
Marcus Sampaio   Baixo

Technical Credits

Tony Mola   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Studio Direction
Gerônimo   Composer
Letieres Leite   Arranger,Studio Direction
Carlinhos Marques   Arranger,Composer
Alain Tavares   Composer
Gilson Babilônia   Composer
Davi Vieira   Composer
Gerson Silva   Arranger
Marcelo Coutinho   Arranger,Engineer,Studio Direction
Tarsis Novaes   Composer
Chico Evangelista   Composer

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