The first of them, released inwas ''Placido Domingo Sings Tangos,'' a concert of tango favorites sung in full voice by the popular operatic tenor accompanied by a largish orchestra. It quickly became the best-selling single album Deutsche Grammophon has released in this country DG Later inCharlie Byrd - Tango (Vinyl issued ''The Tango Project,'' a collection of instrumental versions of tango classics played by the pianist Michael Sahl, the violinist Stan Kurtis and the accordionist William Schimmel with a couple of assisting musicians D Another album by the same group was released in under the title ''Two to Tango'' Available on LP, cassette and compact disk, the three recordings are fairly easy to find in stores, and after noting that I wrote the jacket notes for them I would not hesitate to recommend all three.
The Nonesuch records were an attempt to re-create the sound and style of small tango bands known as orquestas tipicas that were popular in Argentina in the 20's and 30's. Their exotic sonic character resulted from the blend of piano, strings and bandoneon a relative of the accordionand the Nonesuch musicians succeeded surprisingly well in approximating that sound, considering that all of them are Americans and that they had to imitate the bandoneon with an accordion, LP).
It has an edge in authenticity because the Montreal-based quartet that recorded it includes two Uruguayan musicians, the violinist Adolfo Bornstein and Romulo Larrea, Charlie Byrd - Tango (Vinyl plays the bandoneon.
If you are an American who plans to acquire only one tango record, I advise Adios Muchachos - Laurindo Almeida to buy this one - and be careful gliding past the coffee table. But if you want other imported recordings, be prepared to do a little searching. The international departments of such stores as Sam Goody, King Karol and Doubleday have few if any tangos these days.
You will do better at Tower Records, and the store at Broadway and West Fourth Street generally has a wider selection than the branch near Lincoln Center. Better still are stores that cater to a Hispanic clientele. Casa Moneo at West 14th Street is primarily a supplier of imported foodstuffs, but on its second floor there is a small record department that usually has excellent tango albums in stock.
Almeida's recording career enjoyed auspicious early success with the recordings now called Brazilliance No. Other observers note that the beat, harmonic stamp, Adios Muchachos - Laurindo Almeida, and economy of expression were different than the bossa nova, giving Almeida and Shank's recording " Almeida made a series of highly successful classical recordings produced by Robert E.
In this recording, Almeida arranges standard classical and folk repertoire through the prism of several Latin musical forms, including the modenha, charo, maracatu and boi bumba.
It became one of my most cherished recordings. Of Almeida's five career Grammys, four were awarded in classical categories. InAlmeida again expanded his recording repertoire by joining forces with the Modern Jazz Quartet on Collaboration Atlantic Recordswhich combined classical with jazz, called "chamber jazz.
In addition to his recording achievements, Almeida continued his work with the film studios throughout his career, playing guitar, lute, mandolin and other instruments for more than motion picture and television soundtracks such as The High Chaparral and " The Gift ," an episode of The Twilight Zone.
He composed the complete film scores for ten motion pictures and portions for hundreds of others, including Charles and Ray Eames 's film Day of the Dead. Some articles report Almeida won at least one Oscar award for film composition; however, while he was involved in films that were nominated, he did not receive an Oscar for his film work.
Four toured internationally and recorded a series of albums for Concord Jazzincluding The L. Four Scores! In the s, Almeida toured again with the Modern Jazz Quartet. Almeida was teaching, recording and performing until the week before his death of leukemia on July 26,at age 77 in Los Angeles, California. He composed more than separate pieces, including popular songs.
In Almeida formed his own Adios Muchachos - Laurindo Almeida company, Brazilliance, which has been influential in the dissemination of Latin American music. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Brazilian guitarist and composer. This name uses Portuguese naming customs : the first or maternal family name is de Araujo and the second or paternal family name is Almeida Nobrega Neto.
Kernfeld, Barry ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. Los Angeles Times. The New York Times. September
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