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This tight trio, led by the Bossa Nova drummer, Milton Banana, was made up of extremely accomplished and prolific musicians, all of whom had contributed to classics of Bossa Nova by artists such as Gilberto, Getz , Jobim and Toquinho. Milton himself had drummed on João Gilberto’s 1959 hit Chega de Saudade (Tom Jobim/ Vinicius de Moraes). He later had a relationship with Elza Soares . Banana was acording to Ruy Castro ‘a mad Botafogo fan’ who enjoyed a drink- his reaction at losing out to Mané Garrincha in the romance stakes is, as far as I know, unrecorded.
This is the Trio’s 1968 Odeon LP.

Drums- Milton Banana (Antônio de Souza 1935 – 1998)
Piano – Wanderley (Walter Wanderley 1932 – 1986)
Bass- Azeitona (any information welcome)

The bossa nova phenomenon reached the United States via Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba LP. A Brazilian diplomat who wanted to promote the country’s musical accomplishments abroad hit on the idea of putting on a major bossa nova concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
The show, in November of 1962, featured a mouth watering array of Brazilian musicians (Jobim, Bonfa, Sergio Mendes, Joao Gilberto, Milton Banana…), but the concert was not a critical success. The Brazilians did not take too well to November in the Northern Hemisphere. Brazilian critics disapproved of the use of English translations. However, the Carnegie Hall concert succeeded in raising the profile of Brazilian writers and performers- Bonfa and Mendes became long term USA residents whilst Jobim enjoyed collaborations with a host of American performers.
This concert has been reissued on CD a couple of times, but I don’t think that it’s currently available.

Milton Banana Trio- Ao Meu Amigo Tom (1980).
Milton Banana (real name Antônio de Souza) was the greatest drummer in the Bossa Nova style of music. Here we have his famous trio performing songs by Tom Jobim (Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim).