Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bola Sete - 1966 - Bola Sete At The Monterey Jazz Festival

I found this gem in Amoeba Records today. I first heard of Bola Sete from the Magic of Juju blog page and have been searching for records of his ever since. If you enjoy acoustic music with lots of variation, you will love this album.

Verve Music Group Album Description (Source Link):

The late guitarist Djalma de Andrada gained the Portuguese nickname Bola Sete or ("seven ball" in English) for the single black ball in the game of billiards (not to be confused with the eight ball of pool) because he was the only black player in a Brazilian jazz group. Like many of his compatriots during the 1960s influx of Brazilian musicians to America, Bola Sete had roots in both Brazil’s European classical and African folk traditions. But he was also strongly influenced by jazz masters such as Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, and especially Barney Kessel, and he developed a jazz-based, steely-toned acoustic guitar style. Bola Sete at the Monterey Jazz Festival captures a remarkable live set from 1966.

Bola Sete’s love of jazz played a large part in shaping his career in the States. After he joined pianist Vince Guaraldi’s trio on the West Coast, he was heard by the great trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in 1962. Gillespie raved about his Brazilian Afro-jazz fusion, and by the time the concert documented here took place, Bola Sete had formed his own combo. On this set, which features a medley of songs from the movie Black Orpheus and two original compositions, including an exquisitely Brazilian "Flamenco", the players catch fire. There is brilliant interplay among the guitarist and drummer Paulinho Da Costa, virtuosic on a range of percussion instruments that create a true street-samba feel; the sensitive bassist SebastiĆ£o Neto; and the audience, whose roars of approval create an ideal, Carnival-like excitement around the music.

1. Black Orpheus Medley: Manha De Carnaval/ Adieu Tristesse/ Samba De Orfeo
2. Soul Samba
3. Flamenco
4. Spoken Introduction
5. Coisa Numero Um (Coisa No. 1)
6. Satin Doll

Check out another review of this historic document here