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As our Jazz month draws to a close lets ease ourselves gently back towards Brazil and Bossa…

American jazz and swing music were a great influence on Brazilian guitar maestro Baden Powell de Aquino (1937-2000).
This LP dates from 1963, when Baden Powell’s collaborations with American jazz musicians were bringing him to international attention. Jimmy Pratt had drummed with a number of Jazz legends, most notably Charlie Parker.


Here is a link to some info on the recording:

Ok- we’ve had Pierre Barouh’s version so here is the maestro’s original.
Bencao means blessings, and the term Saravah, which means good luck originates in Candomblé (a religion which was taken to Brazil by African slaves).


There are any number of reasons for grabbing this LP, the soundtrack of Claude Lelouch’s 1966 classic Un homme et une femme (composed on the whole by Francis Lai). For a start, in the title track it contains what for me is the epitome of 1960’s romantic music. It is the anthem of Kartoshka167! Secondly we have Samba Saravah– actor Pierre Barouh was an admirer of Bossa Nova and a personal friend of Baden Powell- here he sings his own version of Baden and Vinicius de Moraes’ Samba da Bencao .

Pierre Barouh & Baden Powell – Samba Saravah

Here is the link to the LP:

No site that even touches on the subject of Brazilian music would be complete without a feature on one of the great musicians of the 20th century, Baden Powell de Aquino (1937-2000)…
Roberto Baden Powell de Aquino was a boyhood virtuoso- he loved jazz and swing but traditional Brazilian music was his main interest. From age 19 he played almost exclusively on a classical guitar, and his compositions fused all styles of Brazilian music whilst also showing the influence of African rhythms and jazz. His style also reflects this – very rhythmic like samba but also comfortable playing Bach and Chopin.
Like many fans of Brazilian music I feel indebted to Zecalouro and his outstanding
Loronix site.
Here are links to some Baden Powell records excellently presented on Loronix: