Saturday, December 20, 2008

Walter Wanderley - Batacuda

1. On the South Side of Chicago - Walter Wanderley, Zeller, Phil
2. O Barquinho - Walter Wanderley, Boscoli, Ronaldo
3. Batucada - Walter Wanderley, Valle, Marcos
4. It Hurts to Say Goodbye - Walter Wanderley,
5. Os Grilos (The Crickets Sing for Anamaria) - Walter Wanderley, Valle, Marcos
6. Minha Saudade - Walter Wanderley, Donato, Hal Joao
7. É Preciso Cantar - Walter Wanderley, Valle, Marcos
8. So What's New? - Walter Wanderley, Pisano, John
9. Wave - Walter Wanderley, Jobim, Antonio Carl
10. Ainda Mais Lindo (More Beautiful) - Walter Wanderley, Valle, Marcos
11. Ela E Carioca (She's a Carioca) - Walter Wanderley, Jobim, A. C.
12. Jequibau (Pretty Butterfly) - Walter Wanderley, Pereiro, C.

- Clique Aki

Walter Wanderley (12 May 1932 - 4 September 1986) was an organist and pianist, born in Recife, Brazil and best known for his lounge and bossa nova music.

Already famous in his native country by the late 1950's, he became an internationally renown star through his collaboration with the singer Astrud Gilberto and her husband, João Gilberto. During 1966-67, he recorded three notable albums on the Verve label with the Walter Wanderley Trio (consisting of Walter, Claudio Slon (drums) and Jose Marino (bass). These albums, "Rainforest", "Cheganca" (complete with gatefold sleeve) and Astrud Gilberto's "A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness" were produced in the United States by Creed Taylor, who initially brought the Trio to the U.S. to record. Wanderley's U.S. recording of "Summer Samba" reached #26 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1966.[1]

After the Trio disbanded (though they were briefly reunited in 1971 for "The Return of the Original" on Canyon Records)[2], Wanderley himself continued to record albums on Verve, A&M/CTi, and GNP Cresendo. During this time he also made numerous personal appearances, including a concert tour of Mexico.

Known for his smooth style and mastery of the Hammond B-3 organ, he died of cancer in 1986.

1 comment:

Jason Odd said...

Just a heads up, the return LP on Canyon was issued in 1970, the label had to fold in late 1970 due to another label of the same name in Colorado which was formed back around 1951.

Part of the reason the LPs issued by the Los Angeles based Canyon are a bit hard to find.