Genre: Jazz
Label: MPS Records
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Baden Powell Tristeza on Guitar 180g LP

Baden Powell

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180 Gram Pressing! Analogue Remastering (AAA)!

Brazilian guitar maestro Baden Powell's seminal years with producer Joachim-Ernst Berendt and MPS stretch from 1966 to 1975, with a total of two sets of three LPs. Tristeza On Guitar was the beginning of this nine-year collaboration. The repertoire is in no way characterized by sadness, as the title might cause one to believe. It embraces a sublime spectrum ranging from a ritual feel to exuberant carnival atmosphere on through to intimate songs with a singable quality. Baden clothes the title piece, the famous bittersweet samba from Haroldo Lobo and Niltinho, in a dance-like virtuoso succession of variations. He fashions the theme "Manha De Carnaval" from the movie Black Orpheus into a ritualistic celebration of pain.

The pieces dedicated to the gods of the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religion ("Canto de Xangô," "Canto de Ossanha") are central to the album. They originate from the "Afro-sambas" music cycle completed four years earlier; here they have flowered to perfection. Monk's "Round Midnight" takes on the colors of a balmy tropical evening; the studio's ingenious use of space helps create the appropriately mysterious atmosphere. And in the middle lies a valuable solo inlay: Bahian poet Dorival Caymmi's unadorned song "Das Rosas" transformed into a serenade on the strings. Today, over half a century later, one still succumbs to this fascinating "gateway drug" - the first MPS album of this Brazilian maestro.


  • 180g audiophile pressing
  • Analogue remastering (AAA)
  • Gatefold jacket
  • Liner notes include remastering info & a picture of the original master tape box
  • Pressed at Optimal Media Gmbh in Germany


Baden Powell guitar/agogo/surdo
Sergio bass
Milton Banana drums
Copinha flute/agogo
Alfredo Bessa atabaque/guica
Amauri Coelho Da Rosa atabaque/pandeiro


Side I:

  1. Tristeza
  2. Canto De Xango
  3. Round About Midnight
  4. Sarava
  5. Canto De Ossanha

Side II:

  1. Manha De Carneval
  2. Invencao Em 7 1/2
  3. Das Rosas
  4. Som Do Carnaval
  5. O Astronauta

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