Revista Do Samba: Revista Do Samba: Release Information
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Release Date: 09.06.2002
TT Catalogue No: 4460
r e v i s t a do samba with Beto Bianchi - guitar, Letícia Coura - vocals and Cavaquinho and Vitor da Trindade - percussion, has existed
in São Paulo since 1999. On their CD of the same name, r e v i s t a
do samba go back to the roots of samba and put its diverse history on parade.
Refreshingly alive and free of nostalgic pathos, r e v i s t a do samba present
their minimal arrangements of sambas from the 20's to the 60's, presenting
composers like Donga, Noel Rosa, Assis Valente, Adoniran Barbosa, Monsueto
Menezes and Ataulfo Alves along with samba classics, "milestones",
and some nearly forgotten songs.
Their version of "Me deixa em paz" (Monsueto Menezes/Airton Amorim),
one of Monsueto's first real successes which became a hit during carnival in
1952, is wonderfully laid-back. "What we love about this song is that
no matter how it is interpreted, it retains its original samba character",
says guitarist Beto Bianchi.
One of the classics in their repertoire is, of course, "Pelo Telefone",
the song regarded as the first recorded samba. This song's success established
samba as a musical style and "the" music of the Brazilian carnival.
It remains unclear as to who the actual copyrights to "Pelo Telefone" has
- the song grew out of jam sessions in which some of the best known samba composers,
Donga, Sinhô, Pixinguinha and João da Baiana, among others, took
part. What we know for sure is that Donga had the songs recorded for Odeon
Records in December 1916, whereby Donga and Mauro de Almeida (lyrics) were
named as composers. The sheet music was deposited in the National Library on
November 27, 1916, the genre described as "Samba Carnavalesco".
"Três apitos", a song from the 30's written by Noel Rosa,
lends the album a wistful echo. Til today this composer and lyricist is not
only known for his wonderful melodies, but is especially appreciated for his
humorous and poetic lyrics, often reflecting on social life. When once asked
about the relationship between love and music, Noel Rosa answered that it was
the same as the relationship between a banana peel and the act of slipping
and falling on one.
Live, r e v i s t a do samba captivate with their supreme ease and presence.
The charismatic singer/actress Letícia Coura knows just how to stage
the songs, guitarist Beto Bianchi provides the calm pole and percussionist
Vitor da Trinidade sets the impetuous accents.
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