Variacoes Brasileiras - Baden Powell - Felicidade
Label: Kardum - 646001 • Format: CD • Genre: Jazz • Style: Latin Jazz
He performed on stage during most of his lifetime. His father, a Scouting enthusiast, named him after Robert Baden-Powell. His Im In It For Love - Various - Hearts Of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was a stop for popular musicians during his formative years.
He started guitar lessons with Jayme Florence, a famous choro guitarist in the s. He soon proved a young virtuoso, having won many talent competitions before he was a teenager. At age fifteen, he was playing professionally, accompanying singers and bands in various styles. He was fascinated by swing and jazzbut his main influences were in the Brazilian guitar canon. InPowell played with the Steve Bernard Orquestra at the Boite Plaza, a nightclub within the Plaza Hotel in Rio, where his skill got the attention of the jazz trio playing across the lobby at the Plaza Bar.
Powell brought in Luiz Marinho on bass and a fourth member of the "trio": Claudette Soares on vocals. Powell, Lincoln, and their young musician friends took part in after-hours jam sessions, gaining notice in the growing Brazilian jazz scene. Powell achieved wider fame in by convincing Billy Blancoan established singer and songwriter, to put lyrics to one of Baden's compositions. The result was called "Samba Triste" and quickly became very successful.
InPowell met the Variacoes Brasileiras - Baden Powell - Felicidade Vinicius de Moraes and began a collaboration that yielded classics of s Brazilian music.
Powell visited and toured Europe frequently in the s, relocating permanently to France in In the s, he released recordings with labels in Europe and Brazil. Induring four weeks, he was on the stage of Palais des glaces in Paris as guitarist and singer. In the s he and his family moved back to Brazil, where he continued to record and perform. Public recognition of his work came around that time in Brazil.
By the end of the s he converted to the Evangelical faith, to which he credits overcoming his long addictions to alcohol and tobacco. He fell terminally ill in and died of pneumonia triggered by diabetes on 26 Septemberin Rio de Janeiro.
Baden Powell decided at age 19 to stop playing the electric guitarpreferring to concentrate on the classical guitar for the rest of his career.
He did record a series of albums with a borrowed steel-string acousticbut that is as far as he strayed from his main instrument in his adulthood.
An analysis of his repertoire reveals a wide range of interests. Like most musicians growing up in the s and s, he was deeply influenced by jazzespecially bebop and swing. This upbringing is reflected in his playing style, which shows a fusion of jazz harmonies and classical guitar techniquewith a very Brazilian right hand the one carrying the rhythm on the guitar.
When playing in a group, he was able to accompany singers with quiet mastery, or let loose and play street samba in sloppy "party" style as if the guitar was another percussion instrument. Like Monk, he was fond of the minor second interval as a way to "bend" the tonality.
However, because of his jazz background, he would rarely physically bend the stringpreferring instead to play the minor second using an adjacent open string. Students of his style should note this preference for chord voicings that feature extensions on the open strings as a way of punctuating passages.
Other idioms to watch for are the endless variations in rhythm played by the right Variacoes Brasileiras - Baden Powell - Felicidade , always within the proper 2 4 samba meter Distillator - Summoning The Malicious, as well as his tendency to put his "signature" in a fast descending scale with a slower ascending Metropolis - Motörhead - Overkill in the relative key.
Variacoes Brasileiras - Baden Powell - Felicidade also used vocalise and scat singingoften in unison with the melody line especially when the melody was sung on the bass strings of the guitar. He also commented about being influenced by the work of Les Paul —Django Reinhardt —and Jacques Loussier — Baden Powell first appeared as accompanist on a few big band and samba recordings from the s.
He recorded his first solo album inbut it was released in His first and second albums contain jazz standards, Brazilian popular music of the time, and original compositions.
Inhe recorded with flautist Variacoes Brasileiras - Baden Powell - Felicidade Mann and drummer Jimmy Pratt. In he led small ensembles in Brazil and France. The French labels Barclay and Festival released many of his recordings.
After a few new releases in the s, Powell returned to recording studios in Brazil for his final years. Variacoes Brasileiras - Baden Powell - Felicidade later recordings consist of solo guitar or voice and guitar. From Bring Your Fine Self Home - Albert Collins / Robert Cray / Johnny Copeland - Showdown!, the free encyclopedia.
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