Moacir Santos – Choros & Alegria

2005

  1. Now I know (Moacir Santos)

    Now I know

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Electric piano – Marcos Nimrichter
    Electric guitar – Ricardo Silveira
    Percussion – Armando Marçal
    Flute – Andrea Ernest Dias
    Soprano sax– Zé Nogueira
    Alto sax and clarinet – Nailor Proveta
    Tenor sax – Marcelo Martins
    Baritone sax – Teco Cardoso
    Trumpet – Vander Nascimento
    Trombone – Vittor Santos
    Bass trombone – Antonio Henrique Bocão
    French horn – Philip Doyle
    Vocals – Moacir Santos and Muiza Adnet
    Vibraphone – Jota Moraes
    Re-orchestration – Mario Adnet, based on the the originals by Moacir Santos and Curt Berg

  2. Another thing (Moacir Santos)

    Another thing

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Percussion – Armando Marçal
    Piano – Cristóvão Bastos
    Electric piano – Marcos Nimrichter
    Guitar – Mario Adnet
    Flute – Andrea Ernest Dias
    Soprano sax– Zé Nogueira
    Alto sax– Nailor Proveta
    Baritone sax and flute – Teco Cardoso
    Trumpet – Vander Nascimento
    Trombone – Vittor Santos
    Transcription and expanded original arrangement by Zé Nogueira

  3. Paradise (Moacir Santos)

    Paradise

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Piano – Marcos Nimrichter
    Guitarra – Ricardo Silveira
    Electric guitar – Ricardo Silveira
    Flute – Andrea Ernest Dias
    Soprano sax– Zé Nogueira
    Alto sax– Nailor Proveta
    Tenor sax – Marcelo Martins
    Baritone sax – Teco Cardoso
    Trumpet – Vander
    Trombone – Vittor Santos
    Bass trombone – Antonio Henrique Bocão
    French horn – Philip Doyle
    Orchestration – Mario Adnet

  4. Vain (Moacir Santos)

    Vain

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Piano – Cristóvão Bastos
    Electric guitar – Ricardo Silveira
    Percussion– Armando Marçal
    Tenor sax – Marcelo Martins
    Trombone – Vittor Santos
    Arrangement – Mario Adnet and Zé Nogueira

  5. Flowers (Moacir Santos)

    Flowers

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Piano – Cristóvão Bastos
    Electric guitar – Ricardo Silveira
    Percussion– Marçal e Elias Ferreira
    Flute and piccolo – Andrea Ernest Dias
    Clarinet – Nailor Proveta
    7 string guitar – Marcello Gonçalves
    Arrangement – Mario Adnet and Zé Nogueira

  6. Longing for Jacques (Moacir Santos)

    Longing for Jacques

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Piano and accordion– Marcos Nimrichter
    Electric guitar – Ricardo Silveira
    Percussion– Armando Marçal and Elias Ferreira
    Baritone sax – Teco Cardoso
    Arrangement– Mario Adnet

  7. Cleonix (Moacir Santos)

    Cleonix

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Piano – Marcos Nimrichter
    Electric guitar – Ricardo Silveira
    Guitar – Mario Adnet
    Percussion – Elias Ferreira
    Soprano sax– Zé Nogueira
    Trumpet – Vander Nascimento
    Arrangement – Zé Nogueira and Mario Adnet

  8. Ricaom (Moacir Santos)

    Ricaom

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Percussion – Armando Marçal and Elias Ferreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Trio Madeira Brasil:
    Guitar – Zé Paulo Becker
    7 string guitar – Marcello Gonçalves
    Mandolin – Ronaldo do Bandolim
    Arrangement – Trio Madeira Brasil

  9. From Bahia to Ceará (Moacir Santos)

    From Bahia to Ceará

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Piano – Cristóvão Bastos
    Percussion– Armando Marçal and Elias Ferreira
    Flute – Andrea Ernest Dias
    Clarinet – Nailor Proveta
    Tenor sax – Marcelo Martins
    Trombone – Vittor Santos
    Arrangement and guitar – Mario Adnet

  10. Excerpt nº 1 (Moacir Santos)

    Excerpt nº 1

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Soprano sax– Zé Nogueira
    Alto sax – Nailor Proveta
    Tenor sax – Marcelo Martins
    Baritone sax – Teco Cardoso
    Original arrangement by Moacir Santos

  11. The Lemurians (Moacir Santos)

    The Lemurians

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Piano – Cristóvão Bastos
    Guitar – Mario Adnet
    Electric guitar – Ricardo Silveira
    Percussion – Armando Marçal
    Flute – Andrea Ernest Dias
    Soprano sax– Zé Nogueira
    Alto sax – Nailor Proveta
    Tenor sax – Marcelo Martins
    Baritone sax – Teco Cardoso
    Trumpet – Vander Nascimento
    Trombone – Vittor Santos
    Bass trombone – Antonio Henrique Bocão
    French horn – Philip Doyle
    Re-orchestration – Mario Adnet based on the originals by Moacir Santos and Curt Berg

  12. Route (Moacir Santos)

    Route

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Piano – Cristóvão Bastos
    Electric piano – Marcos Nimrichter
    Electric guitar – Ricardo Silveira
    Percussion – Armando Marçal
    Flute – Andrea Ernest Dias
    Soprano sax – Zé Nogueira
    Alto sax – Nailor Proveta
    Tenor sax – Marcelo Martins
    Baritone sax – Teco Cardoso
    Trumpet solo – Wynton Marsalis
    Trumpet – Jessé Sadoc
    French horn – Philip Doyle
    Trombone – Vittor Santos
    Bass trombone – Antonio Henrique Bocão
    Arrangement – Mario Adnet

  13. Lovers samba or Diamond samba (Moacir Santos)

    Lovers samba or Diamond samba

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Electric piano – Marcos Nimrichter
    Electric guitar – Ricardo Silveira
    Guitar – Mario Adnet
    Percussion – Armando Marçal
    Soprano sax– Zé Nogueira
    Alto sax – Nailor Proveta
    Tenor sax – Marcelo Martins
    Baritone sax – Teco Cardoso
    Trumpet – Vander Nascimento
    French horn – Philip Doyle
    Trombone – Vittor Santos
    Bass trombone – Antonio Henrique Bocão
    Vocals – Moacir Santos
    Orchestration – Mario Adnet

  14. Merry-go-round (Moacir Santos)

    Merry-go-round

    (Moacir Santos)

    Album details

    Drums – Jurim Moreira
    Acoustic bass – Jorge Helder
    Piano – Cristóvão Bastos
    Guitar – Mario Adnet
    Percussion – Armando Marçal
    Soprano Sax – Zé Nogueira
    Alto Sax – Nailor Proveta
    Baritone Sax – Teco Cardoso
    Vocals – Muiza Adnet and Moacir Santos
    Transcription and adaptation of the original Arrangement – Mario Adnet

Album details

Piano and keyboard – Cristóvão Bastos
Vocals – Cezar Adnet Bava and Moacir Santos
Chorus – Ana, Rafaela, Luisa, Mariana, Giovanna, Gabriela, Maria and Cezar
Chorus coordination – Norma Nogueira
Arrangement – Moacir Santos
Produced by Mario Adnet and Zé Nogueira
Executive producer and project coordinator – Mariza Adnet
Production assistants – Luciana Palhares, Joana Adnet, Antonia Adnet and Inês Adnet
Recorded at AR studios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April and May, 2005
Recording and mixing engineer – Duda Mello
Assistants – Leonardo Moreira and Igor Ferreira
Additional recording at Mega studios, São Paulo, Brazil, June, 2005
Executive producer (S.P.) – Ruby Nuñez
Mastering engineer – Carlos Freitas – Classic Master, São Paulo, Brazil
Cover and graphic design – Eduardo Varela
Adaptation of the graphic files – Gwen Terpstra (Terpstra Design)
Photography – Guto Costa
Juridical assessor – Denise Costa
Wynton Marsalis foi gentilmente cedido por Blue Note Records
All compositions by Moacir Santos

Special thanks to: Cleonice Santos, Adventure Music (Richard Zirinsky and Mike Marshall), Biscoito Fino (Kati Almeida Braga and Olivia Hime), Wynton Marsalis, Genevieve Stewart, Edward “Ned” Hearn, Thomas Evered (Blue Note) Jacinto Amaral, Eliane Costa, Claudio Jorge, Helio Hasselman, Guto Costa, Rique Pantoja, João Mario Linhares, Cyro and Eleonora Batista

A highlight of Adventure Music’s fall release schedule will be the newly recorded “Moacir Santos Choros & Alegria,” which features Wynton Marsalis, along with many of Brazil’s most respected instrumentalists performing fifteen never-before recorded (I’d say twelve) compositions from Santos, one of the country’s most influential composers and arrangers.  Recorded this year in Rio and Sao Paulo, and produced under Santos’ direct supervision by Mario Adnet and Ze’ Nogueira, who last collaborated with Santos on 2004’s critically acclaimed “Ouro Negro,” “Choros & Alegria” pays tribute to Santos’ prolific five decade long career.

Wynton Marsalis, a long time admirer of Santos’ work, can be heard on the track, “Route ¥.”    In addition to Marsalis and Santos himself, who sings on five tunes, producers Adnet and Nogueira also contribute musically to the CD.  Among the other acclaimed instrumentalists who perform on “Choros & Alegria” are Ricardo Silveira, Christovao Bastos, Armando Marcal, Teco Cardoso, Proveta and Trio Maderia Brasil.

“Choros & Alegria” is just one of several Moacir Santos projects coming from Adventure, in conjunction with Santos’ 80th birthday in 2006.  A DVD capturing the recording of “Ouro Negro” is slated for release early in the year, and the label’s newly created publishing division, Adventure Publishing, plans to release songbooks for both “Ouro Negro” and “Choros & Alegria.”

Moacir Santos, born to a poor family in Pernambuco (northeastern Brazil), is regarded as a walking encyclopedia in the realms of Brazilian instrumental music. Without hesitation, artists like João Donato, Dori Caymmi, Paulo Moura and Sérgio Mendes will testify to his brilliance.   The late Brazilian guitar ace Baden Powell was Moacir’s pupil, and revered his master on the song “Samba da Benção.” And the President of Brazil has awarded Santos the medal of Rio Branco’s order.

Santos gained status as an arranger while working on the radio in Brazil in the 1950s.  According to Santos, one of his most important works in Brazil was the soundtrack he wrote for the movie “Amor no Pacifico (Love in the Pacific),” which opened the doors for him to both the Brazilian and international markets, and eventually prompted him to move to the United States in 1967.  In America, he recorded four solo albums, three of them  for the renowned jazz label Blue Note, one of them nominated for a Grammy Award.  He also wrote soundtracks in Hollywood and taught numerous students, including Sérgio Mendes.

His first release for Adventure Music was “Ouro Negro”, which was originally released in Brazil in 2001, and which the New York Times then named as one of the best recordings of the year not available in the U.S.  The CD’s 2004 U.S. release also earned considerable critical acclaim, finally drawing long over-due attention to Santos’ incredible musical legacy.

In addition to the October 18 release of “Choros & Alegrias,” Adventure’s fall slate of releases includes “Colombia” from saxophonist/flutist Antonio Arnedo, and “Duets,” a CD that pairs Brazilian guitarist Toninho Horta with Italian flutist Nicola Stilo, both scheduled for release on September 13.