This was $2.40. Since it is a Command record, plus it has a version of my favorite song, “Brazil”, buying it was a no-brainer. In fact, as with other Command records, I bought this twice. I am unsure how much I paid for the second copy.
About a couple weeks ago, I saw Pink Martini play at Jones Hall. In all honesty, when I bought the ticket, I thought I was going to see the French Pink Turtle, who play pop tunes in a hot/swing jazz style. After discovering my mistake, I read enough good things to go ahead and see Pink Martini. And they were pretty good. If I had to describe them, I would say they were a lot like seeing this blog live. Interestingly arranged tunes from a diverse source, with styles and languages from around the world. They were backed by the Houston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Reineke. They had a great version of Dvorak’s Moon aria, from Rusalka. It was a really great show. Anyway, they also closed the set with a great version of “Brazil” which brings us here.
Of all the songs I frequently post on this blog, “Brazil” written by Ary Barroso in 1939, takes the title as the most posted. I am not 100% sure why this watercolor ode to the country where I should disclose I was born and spent the first year of my life hits home to me. Perhaps it is the beat and the rhythm, or the wonderful melody lines. I am not going to go much deeper in the subject other than my favorite version is that done by Esquivel.
This is the second series of Persuasive Percussion. The first volume sold well and proved to be popular for the label. Drummer Terry Snyder served as the band leader on this effort and for his part assembled three groups of Command musicians for this record. The first group featured a large orchestra along with additional drummers Wille Rodriguez and Artie Marotti. The second group keeps the three drummers with a simple saxophone, trumpet, and trombone, plus a rhythm section. The third group adds Doug Allen to the drum circle along with an expanded rhythm section. Standard Command performers include Doc Severinsen, Tommy Matola, Urbie Green, and Dick Hyman. The effort was produced by none other than Enoch Light.
Link to Terry Synder’s Spaceagepop page
This album is a pretty good collection of tunes and does put a highlight on the percussion end which some percussion albums oddly fail to do. A lot of good moments here. For a sample, I decided to go with ” In A Persian Market” which features Severinsen’s trumpet. I also went with the centerpiece of today’s blog, “Brazil”. Pretty decent version. I have yet to hear a real awful version of this song but as soon as I can post one, I will.
Good record, Satisfactory