Brazil - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 28 - 01/31/99
Resposta ao Tempo
She comes from one of the most traditional families in Brazilian
music. Her father, the legendary Dorival Caymmi, is synonymous with
the rich traditions of the state of Bahia and songs about the sea.
The entire family is in the music business. Danilo Caymmi, in
addition to a successful solo career, was also a member of Tom
Jobim's band for many years. Dori Caymmi, song writer, singer, and
arranger, needs no introduction. He has worked with Sarah Vaughan and
Sergio Mendes, for example. Nana Caymmi is, in brief, a Brazilian
national treasure. Her heartfelt performances and careful repertoire
selection are a constant in her solid career. Song writers, such as
Milton Nascimento and her own father, have written songs especially
for her unique singing style.
Resposta ao Tempo (Answer to Time) is an instant classic.
It captures Nana Caymmi at top form. The album is produced by her
longtime friend José Milton, who has produced several of
Nana's releases, and has artistic direction by Torcuarto Mariano.
Cristóvão Bastos, who co-wrote the title track with
Aldir Blanc, is also responsible for all the magnificent
arrangements. Although she does not need any extra help, Nana Caymmi
shares the glory of Resposta ao Tempo with some friends.
Brazilian pop icon, Erasmo Carlos, singing his and Roberto Carlos'
Não Se Esqueça de Mim (Do Not Forget Me), is a
perfect combination exuding serenity and charm. Her
protégé Emílio Santiago dazzles in the duet
Doralinda, by Bossa Nova composer João Donato and the
late Brazilian rock star Cazuza. The final duet brings composer and
great friend Chico Buarque with his own Até Pensei (I
Even Thought). The other songs in this superlative release include
music by brother Danilo Caymmi, Sueli Costa, Fátima Guedes,
Bossa nova master Luiz Bonfá, and Ary Barroso, to name just a
few. It is, however, with the title track that Nana reaches new
heights. The song was used for a Brazilian TV miniseries with great
success. Although Nana Caymmi is not the type of singer that you will
hear constantly on radio stations, the bolero Resposta ao
Tempo did hit a home run. Cristóvão Bastos' melody
is mesmerizing, and Aldir Blanc's lyrics are a masterpiece. The
dialogue between the singer and time carries the strength that Aldir
Blanc is so famous for in many of his compositions. Besides
Resposta ao Tempo, Nana also scored superbly with the
Brazilian version of Fascination, which was also used in
another Brazilian soap opera.
Nana Caymmi can express playfulness, as in Doralinda; pain,
as in Ary Barroso's Pra Machucar Meu Coração (To
Cause My Heart to Ache); and reverence, as in Fátima Guedes'
Minha Nossa Senhora (My Our Lady). She is a consummate artist
that embodies the best there is in Brazilian music.
Copyright © 1999 Egídio Leitão