Various Artists; Bossa Nova and the Story of Elenco Records, Brazil (Soul Jazz/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Baden Powell: Candomble
Various Artists; Bossa Nova and the Story of Elenco Records, Brazil (Soul Jazz/Southbound)

The Elenco bossa nova label -- founded in Rio de Janeiro in '63 -- gets this well-annotated Gilles Peterson-complied 23 track disc (and a booklet with an essay) of great tracks by guitarist Baden Powell, the cool Quarteto Em Cy and others.

With the credibility and an in-house art style something akin to Blue Note in jazz, Elenco pulled together the finest bossa acts of the Sixties and wrapped them up in modernist, ultra-cool, high contrast photo covers (by Francisco Pereira) which get a number of pages to themselves in the booklet.

Musically it is all in the details -- the fluid flow of flute in the music of singer Vinicius, chic organ in Zanzibar by Edu Lobo, the shuffle rhythms and jazz piano of Roberto Menescal . . .

Nothing here by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sergio Mendes -- both of whom recorded for the label -- but you are spoiled by the very cool and sophisticated cocktail hour music with this collection anyway.

Very hip.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this.

 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Cheikh Lo: Jamm (World Circuit)

Cheikh Lo: Jamm (World Circuit)

This inventive singer, writer and arranger from Senegal hasn't appeared at Elsewhere since is wonderful Lamp Fall on '06 at which time I observed he was like a Paul Simon from an alternative... > Read more

Various: Womad New Zealand 2008 (Shock)

Various: Womad New Zealand 2008 (Shock)

More than a third of the artists on this 16 track collection -- Toumani Diabate, Mavis Staples, SJD, Cesaria Evora, Beirut, Susana Baca -- have appeared at Elsewhere, and a few of them have been... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

DAVID BOWIE IS (2015): The Man Who Sold His Selves

DAVID BOWIE IS (2015): The Man Who Sold His Selves

In one corner of the expansive David Bowie Is exhibition which opened in Melbourne a fortnight ago is a video clip that many visitors walk past with barely a glance. In the exhibition at... > Read more

ROBIN MORRISON REMEMBERED (2014): Life in the lens

ROBIN MORRISON REMEMBERED (2014): Life in the lens

When Auckland photographer Robin Morrison died in 1993 at the tragically early age of 48, his legacy was already firmly established. The son of a portrait photographer (whose work he admitted... > Read more