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Paulo Moura & Os Batutas
Pixinguinha
Blue Jackel

Why some albums take so long to be released is something we will probably never know for sure. Recorded live at the Carlos Gomes Theater in Rio de Janeiro in 1996, Pixinguinha was only released in Brazil a year later. Now, another year later, Blue Jackel brings this magnificent recording for everyone's enjoyment.

Pixinguinha won Brazil's Prêmio Sharp for Best Instrumental CD and Best Instrumental Group in 1997. The CD presents 16 tracks of classic choro music by one of Brazil's most important composers of all time, Alfredo da Rocha Viana Júnior, better known as Pixinguinha. Born in 1897, Pixinguinha got that nickname from his grandmother. One of 14 brothers and sisters, he began playing cavaquinho at the early age of 11. It was also between 11 and 12 years of age when he composed his first choro, "Lata de Leite". However, it was not until he was 15 years old that he began to play professionally. In the original group Os Batutas, Pixinguinha played the flute. Later on, he would change the flute for the tenor sax.

Named after the original group created by Pixinguinha, Os Batutas in this recording is composed of Brazil's most respected choro players: Jorge Simas (guitar), Márcio (cavaquinho), Jorginho (pandeiro), Jovi (percussion), Marçal (percussion), Zé da Velha (trombone), and the great Joel do Nascimento (bandolim). Arranging all music and playing saxophones and the clarinet, Paulo Moura completes this superlative ensemble.

As for the music in Pixinguinha, over 60 minutes of authentic choro and samba are performed for generations to come. Historically credited as the first samba ever recorded in Brazilian music, Donga and Mário de Almeida's Pelo Telefone could not be omitted in this collection. Donga himself was one of the original members of Os Batutas. Arguably the most well known of Pixinguinha's songs, Carinhoso makes the audience sigh when Zé da Velha plays its first notes. Carinhoso has an interesting story behind it. When Pixinguinha composed it, no one was interested in recording it. Everybody wanted to record the waltz Rosa, also majestically performed here in a moving solo by Joel do Nascimento. Hearing Nascimento's bandolim, one can easily understand why this type of music is called choro (choro is Portuguese for weeping). After several tries, Pixinguinha finally found a "new" singer who would record Carinhoso with the bonus track Rosa. That new singer was none other than one of Brazil's most famous voices, the late Orlando Silva.

Other great songs parade in this must-have collection: Ingênuo, Lamentos, Oito Batutas, Naquele Tempo, and more. When you reach the end of this historic recording, the electrifying choros Um a Zero and Urubu Malandro will prove why Brazil's great musical genre choro fascinates audiences throughout the world. The music is infectious, and when played by Paulo Moura and Os Batutas, it cannot get any better.

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