Baden Powell - Tristeza On Guitar
Baden Powell - Tristeza On Guitar
Baden Powell - Tristeza On Guitar
Baden Powell - Tristeza On Guitar
Baden Powell - Tristeza On Guitar
Baden Powell - Tristeza On Guitar
Baden Powell - Tristeza On Guitar
Baden Powell - Tristeza On Guitar

Baden Powell - Tristeza On Guitar

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Baden Powell - guitar/agogo/surdo [click here to see more vinyl featuring Baden Powell]

Sergio - bass

Milton Banana  - drums

Copinha - flute/agogo

Alfredo Bessa - atabaque/guica

Amauri Coelho Da Rosa - atabaque/pandeiro


1 LP, gatefold cover.

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Optimal Media Gmbh in Germany

Label : MPS

Original Label : SABA

Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, on June 1st 1966 at Studio Riosom S/A, and June 2nd 1966 at Studio Atonal Ltda

Engineered by Dorival Reis, Paulo Nascimento

Produced by Wadi Gebara Netto

Originally released in 1966

Reissued in 2017



Side A :


Canto De Xango

Round About Midnight


Canto De Ossanha

Side B :

Manha De Carneval

Invencao Em 7 1/2

Das Rosas

Som Do Carnaval

O Astronauta



“Between 1966 and 1976, Powell recorded nine albums for MPS, all of them produced (with a light touch) by jazz scholar Joachim-Ernst Berendt. Tristeza on Guitar, recorded in Rio de Janeiro after Berendt had spent the best part of a week tracking the bohemian and elusive Powell down, was the first of these. The accompanying quintet is drawn from the crème de la crème of contemporary bossa nova/samba musicians and includes percussionist Alfredo Bessa and drummer Milton Banana. The album features various combinations of the musicians, from solo Powell through to the complete line-up.

As well as being a guitarist equipped with formidable technique, and blessed with a heap of soul, Powell was a gifted songwriter, and six of the ten pieces on this album are originals. Among them are the much covered "Canto de Xango" and "Canto de Ossanha," both featured earlier in 1966 on Os Afro Sambas de Baden e Vinicius (Forma), Powell's with-vocals chef d'oeuvre made with the poet and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes. The four non-originals are Thelonious Monk and Cootie Williams's "Round About Midnight," Haroldo Lobo's "Tristeza," Luiz Bonfa's "Manha De Carnaval" and Dorival Caymni's "Das Rosas."

Despite its title, the mood of Tristeza on Guitar is generally exuberant and celebratory. The notable exception is "Manha de Carnaval," made famous by Marcel Camus's 1959 movie, Black Orpheus, which is affectingly poignant. Upbeat, revisionist versions would be recorded in later years, but in 1966 the piece was still so closely associated with the movie that to recast it as a jolly romp would have been unthinkable. "Canto de Xango" and "Canto de Ossanha," dedicated to the orishas from which they take their titles, are otherworldly but vibrant. "Round About Midnight," one of two versions of the tune Powell recorded, and here played by just guitar and bass, evokes solitude, but not loneliness. "Tristeza" itself (not to be confused with Powell and de Moraes's "Tristeza e Solidao" from Os Afro Sambas) is more joyful than sad.

All Powell's MPS albums are the business, but this one, recorded in Brazil with a 100% Brazilian lineup two years before Powell moved permamently to France, has a special magic.” AllAboutJazz Reivew by Chris May, June 28, 2018


Ratings :

AllMusic : 3 / 5 , Discogs : 4,22 / 5

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