Meu Brasil

The clouds are darkening and the children are heading back to school. Suddenly it feels like the Summer is over, a Summer which for me has been dominated by old Brazilian music. It's inevitable I'll start listening to other things but rather than letting the moment slip I thought I'd round up my absolutely favorite pieces and make a mix of them.

I had thought that after this mix culled from Richard Klein's faves that I cobbled together on Spotify that I wouldn't have anything to add. Then it occurred to me that those were essentially "deep cuts" and that to do a faves would mean no duplication whatsoever. I found myself digging out tracks I hadn't heard in well over a decade.

One final note. Some friends find this music too smooth. At its best it is evidently a smoothness begotten from a harsh environment. For me it's all about the truth of the emotions. That's the harshness I like, one formed naturally by an unvarnished veracity, not an affected coarseness. I couldn't question these truths.

Quarteto Novo - Algodão
João Gilberto - Undiú
Tom Jobim - Águas de Março
Os Ritmistas Brasileros - Baiao
Caetano Veloso - Tropicália
Os Mutantes - A Minha Menina
Chico Buarque -  Construção
Caetano Veloso - Irene
Tom Zé - Dor e Dor
Gilberto Gil - Aquele Abraço
Jorge Ben - Ponta De Lança Africano (Umbabarauma)
Tom Zé - Doi
Jorge Ben - Zumbi
Tom Zé - Mã
Walter Franco - Xaxados E Perdidos
Antônio José Santana Martins - Complexo De Épico
Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges - Paisagem Da Janela
Lô Borges - Eu Sou Como Você É
Gilberto Gil - Refazenda
Os Novos Baianos - Preta Pretinha
Lô Borges - Toda Essa Água
Edu Lôbo - Viola Fora Do Moda