Donald Harrison (L) talking to José as a bass player looks on.
Lost Album is Found
(The next series of messages prove to be an interesting story about locating an out of print LP that JDR hasn't owned in years...)
[. . .] Another thing: in 1965 Meirelles recorded an album titled "Mancini Também É Samba" (it means "Mancini Is Also Samba") with some of our best musicians of that time, including Dom Salvador (piano and organ, who is living in New York since 1969), Edson Lobo (bass), Victor Manga (drums) and some horns. As you might expect, Meirelles wrote the arrangements of several Mancini well known songs translated to samba...Unfortunately, the album was recorded for a small label that went bankruptcy [a] few years later and nobody knows about its tapes! Maybe the Japanese know something about [it], because they issue so many Brazilian CDs that we, Brazilians, never knew existed.
[. . .]
Well, I'm extremely pleased we made contact. What more can I say? You restored my faith in music and in men.
Good morning, José:
>Last year I'd bought in New York a Japanese
CD (from the Columbia's Collectables Series) with material of two
Sergio Mendes LP:
>"Dance Moderno", that you referred, and the "Bossa Rio Sextet", a great group he led in the early sixties. If you don't know this "Bossa
>Rio Sextet" album, take my word it is really great. . . .
If the album you are referring to by the Bossa Rio Sextet was originally called "Sergio Mendes and the Bossa Rio Sextet" (dark brown LP cover, on the Philips Brasil label) - I have that one, too!!! Yes, it is a fantastic album, it has liner notes on the back by Jobim himself (though of course they are in Portuguese and I don't know what they say) and has the two trombonists you mention, etc. It seems as though Sergio did only a couple of albums with this group. This album was later re-released by Atlantic in the U.S. and goes under the title of 'The Beat of Brazil'. Both the original version and the Atlantic one are listed and pictured on my Sergio Mendes website if you want to take a look. But 'Dance Moderno' has just the trio with Sergio. I love both albums; perhaps I prefer Dance Moderno just a BIT more than the other, but not by much!!!
[. . .]
>Another thing: in 1965 Meirelles recorded
an album titled "Mancini Também É Samba" (it means
"Mancini Is Also Samba") with some of
>our best musicians of that time, including Dom Salvador (piano and organ, who is living in New York since 1969), Edson Lobo (bass),
>Victor Manga (drums) and some horns. As you might expect, Meirelles wrote the arrangements of several Mancini well know songs
>translated to samba... Unfortunately, the album was recorded for a small label that went bankruptcy [a] few years later and nobody knows
>about its tapes!
What a coincidence. What you say about this is the EXACT same thing that happened to the Vault label that published the "Jack Wilson Plays Brazilian Mancini" LP I spoke to you about before. Vault was a very small, independent label that went out of business years ago, so it is highly unlikely that "Brazilian Mancini" will ever be re-released on CD by any company (which is really too bad since it is a very nice bossa nova album). It, like the one you mentioned, was also recorded in 1965! I can't get over this. Do you have any idea how I could get a photo of the album cover of "Mancini Também É Samba"? What was the label's name it was recorded on? Any information you could give me about this would be appreciated - I know someone who could definitely use this information. It, like the other one, definitely sounds like an album I would love.
>You restored my faith in music and in
I hope that includes women as well, because I'm female! Have a great day, and I look forward to hearing from you again.
What a big surprise! You're a woman! I never could imagine that. BJ are just initials and an American woman with your fantastic knowledge about Brazilian music it is really amazing. I'm sure no one Brazilian woman knows one tenth of your knowledge. Congratulations.
Yes, the album is the same "Sergio Mendes and Bossa Rio Sextet". The LP cover is dark brown with some photos of the musicians. Jobim wrote the arrangement of "Ela É Carioca" (She's A Carioca - Carioca means the one born in Rio de Janeiro). . .Sergio recorded two albums with that group; plus two tracks in the LP "Bossa Nova at Carnegie Hall" (Audio Fidelity), recorded in the celebrated bossa nova concert at Carnegie Hall in November 22, 1962; and also one track in the "Do the Bossa Nova" (Herbie Mann - Atlantic, recorded in Rio in 1962 with different groups, including fantastic guitarist Baden Powell).
In the original "Dance Moderno" album there is at least one track with Edson Maciel (trombone), but I don't remember the title of the song. I'll tell you tomorrow, ok? Maybe this track has been eliminated on the CD.
In the original release of "Mancini Também É Samba" they omitted the names of the leader and the musicians on the cover. Only in the liner notes (by the way, I wrote them) I mentioned Meirelles as the arranger, but I don't remember who else because somebody stole my record. It has been recorded for the Mocambo label in 1965, but it disappeared soon from the stores. Unfortunately, I don't know how you could get a photo of its cover, but I'm gonna check.
My very best,
My reply back to José included
(Re: Mancini Também É Samba) . .
.Wow, you wrote the liner notes for it too! I would love to know what
you said about it. I don't suppose you remember the track listing of
songs that were included? I know it was a long time ago. There is
someone I know who lives in São Paulo that checks a used
record store for me there from time to time--I am going to give him
the title of that album and see if by chance he can track it down.
You never know, he may just come across one!! As you know, I love the
samba/bossa nova style and I also love Mancini, so I already know I
would love that album and I haven't even heard it yet. I just know
that I would. Any other info/details you can give me on it would be
great--thank you. I'm sorry to hear that your copy has been
Later on that same day, I sent this message to a Brazil music mailing list about my discovery for José:
I am sharing this story with you all this evening as I am simply stunned by all the 'coincidences' that have taken place to form the elements of the tale - a tale I thought was finished.
Almost two months ago now, you may remember that I knew someone who was looking for the rare and very hard-to-find album "Jack Wilson Plays Brazilian Mancini" on the long out-of-print (and bankrupt) Vault (U.S.) label (1965). The person looking for the album was the administrator at the Sombras Brasil music website. It was the only Tom Jobim (participation) album he was missing and he needed the cover photo for the Sombras Tom Jobim Discography. I put the administrator in touch with a Mancini collector I knew who works for NASA in Utah. The collector (named Mike) had told me in email that he was so moved by the request for the cover that he sent Sombras the entire LP in the mail. In return and in profuse thanks, the administrator sent Mike several Brazilian recordings, which he has enjoyed. It was a nice story to happen. And I thought that's where it ended.
Earlier last week, a reporter who works for the "O Globo" newspaper in Rio de Janeiro, emailed me to say how much in agreement he was with me concerning my review of the new "Amazonas" CD by the João Donato Trio which was posted on a Jazz forum on the internet. It also happens to turn out that this reporter has known Donato personally for decades! Since that first contact last week, we've discussed lots of Brazilian and U.S. music in email. Today he relayed to me a very sad story about a great jazz LP that he himself had written the liner notes for - back in 1965. The LP was entitled "Mancini Também É Samba", published on the Mocambo (Brasil) label. The material on this LP was arranged by someone named João Meirelles. But, his one and only copy of this album got stolen years ago. He said that some of Brazil's best musicians were on this album, including Dom Salvador (piano and organ), Edson Lobo (bass), & Victor Manga (drums) - as well as some horn players. I was intrigued by the sound of this album myself because I have been a Mancini fan my entire life, and I knew almost instinctively even before hearing it that I would love the Brazilian arrangements of the tracks. The reporter said it was doubtful whether the LP was ever reissued on CD, as Mocambo (like Vault) was no longer in business.
A few hours after this email, I sent off a note to this same collector Mike who had come to the rescue before. I really didn't think this Mancini/Samba recording was something he would have, though - because of the fact that it was not something recorded in the U.S. as 'Brazilian Mancini' was - and Mike didn't have any Brazilian recordings as far as I was aware. I heard back from Mike within a few minutes and he said that he would have to look tonight when he got home and that he thought he remembered something either with that title--or a title very similar. I still was not optimistic.
Tonight, all my doubts died. He not only has the real recording - but he has it in CD form! It turns out that it is a CD someone made from the original LP). In any case, it's the real deal; Mike sent me the scanned booklet/album cover, which I am in turn sending to the reporter. The liner notes the reporter originally wrote are clearly visible (in larger print) on the back cover. Mike also gave me a list of the tracks and other info about the CD as well.
And what's the last coincidence, you say? How about where Mike got the Mancini/Samba CD to begin with--it was one of the gifts Sombras had sent him in thanks for him sending the 'Brazilian Mancini' LP to them!!!!
Hi BJ (could be Betty Joan?),
Wow! It is a miracle! If not for you, I never knew the "Mancini Também É Samba" has been reissued in CD form! Which label? This is sensational news. Thanks a million.
I'm angry with you? Why? Because you're offering me a copy in CD form? You must be kidding....
Unfortunately, I can't open file attachments... Too sad.
Please, give a list of the records (CDs) you want and I'll do my best to find them.
Thanks, many thanks,
Your friend (forever),
What can I say except THANK YOU? There are no words to express my gratitude and I'm eager to hear these sounds again after so many years without them in my collection. God bless you forever. Be sure I'm gonna play it over and over again. And I'll invite Meirelles to hear it in my home without saying anything [to] him. I'm quite sure he will be totally surprised. It is a shame that a talent like Meirelles is completely forgotten nowadays. I know it happens frequently with so many great artists, but in his case it is tragic because he was one of the first to play the so called "samba-jazz"in Brazil.
[. . .] Thanks for sending today the Mancini também É Samba. I'm eager to hear it. Tomorrow morning I'm gonna look for any of your records in the downtown second hand stores (cross your fingers).
Once again, many, many thanks,
I'm waiting anxiously [for] your package and [I am] eager to hear the Mancini Também É Samba again after all those years. I told Meirelles about it and he got so excited that I invited him to hear it at my home. Certainly I'll do a copy for him. Usually the packages from abroad delay a little bit because they are opened by our customs to inform us the amount of its tax. Everything that comes from abroad has to pay taxes, that's the law.
Something is not working here with emails. Today I sent you an email telling [you] I received (finally!) the Mancini Também É Samba on last Saturday. [. . .]
GREAT, WONDERFUL, MANY MANY THANKS.
Postscript to this conversation: In 2002, whatmusic.com reissued Mancini Também É Samba in CD format, for the first time in the album's history. José received a copy of the CD and so did I. It's wonderful to hear it without all the LP noise. Scans of the CD reissue are below.
Waltel Branco, "Mancini Também é
Samba", Whatmusic.com [UK] #WMCD-0014 (2002).[CD]