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Album Review

An album from Paulinho da Viola always carries a high expectation. This artist has been making a point, over his almost 40 year career, to perform and compose in the truest samba do morro (samba of the hills) tradition (the very title of the album, I Sing Samba, along with the lyrics themselves, are evidence of that). His vision is broad enough: add to tracks where he explores the folkloric setting of morro percussion, cavaquinho, seven-string guitar with community singing, he performs "Asfalto" (asphalt, slang for the mid-class people who live at the hill's feet), renditions of samba-canção with alien instruments such as piano and trombone without percussion and moments of modern re-harmonization. In spite of the general atmosphere of hard-swinging sambas there is room for melancholic renditions, even ballads performed subtly in a very Brazilian way. As always, he's joined by excellent musicians, knowledgeable bearers of the samba tradition in their busy session schedule. Paulinho da Viola is a winning bet.

Biography

Born: November 12, 1942 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: Samba

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Paulinho da Viola was born in a musical environment. His father, the acoustic guitar player (violonista) César Faria, worked in the renowned choro group Época de Ouro, whose leader was the legendary Jacó do Bandolim. Those grave gentlemen -- chorões, that is, preservers of the long tradition of choro -- appeared at Faria's house every week, and Jacó, with his baritone tone, always demanded complete silence for their rehearsals. Little Paulinho da Viola grew up listening to those wonderful sounds,...
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