Russ Garcia - Carioca
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RCA Victor LSP-1691


Fuiste a Bahia
Caé Caé
Corridas en Madrid

Rio de Janeiro during Carnival Week is Times Square on New Year's Eve, New
Orleans during Mardi Gras, Market Street in San Francisco the night World War II
ended. It's Columbus, Ohio, on a fall Saturday night after Ohio State beats Michigan,
the Place de la Republique in Paris on Bastille Day, Harlem on the night Joe Louis
knocked out Max Schmeling.

To Rio de Janeiro's Cariocas and other Brazilians, though, carnaval  is much more
than all these wrapped up into a great explosive hydrogen bomb of gaiety, packed
with confetti and tied with colored streamers. It is two million people going mad, with
sound track, dancing the samba along miles of mosaic streets and beach-lined
avenues for four nights and three days, getting high on the beat of African drums and
the screech of Indian whistles, on the peculiar mixture of perfume and ether they
squirt from metal bottles at each other, just for the sheer fun of having fun.

It is two million sets of repressions and inhibitions going bang at the same time in an
annual explosion which has its roots in pagan rites to the gods of fertility, in the
licentious festivals of Hohlee in ancient India, the Saturnalian orgies of pre-Christian
Rome, and the voodoo rituals of the Congo. Carnival is the slaves of old Brazil
celebrating their liberation in 1888, and the pious Romans saying "Flesh, farewell!"—
"Carne, vale!"  in their medieval Latin, as they strengthen themselves for the days of
their Lenten Fast. It is, in any case, one hell of a party.

To the lucky visitor to Rio, it expresses one of the primary objectives of all pleasure
travel—being at the right place at the right time.

Listening to Russ Garcia's music, you'll join hands with the Cariocas and the visitors
in the traditional cordão which cracks the whip along the Avenida Rio Branco, just to
break the monotony of dancing the samba and the frevo from night until morning. Russ
Garcia takes full advantage of the colorful carnival music in his masterful handling of
the orchestra to carry the mood of carnival even to the listener who might never have
traveled south of the Rio Grande, to say nothing of the 4800 miles between New York
and the Brazilian capital. Although Russ and the orchestra have accompanied artists
on previous releases—Herb Jeffries on the Señor Flamingo album (LPM-1608) is an
outstanding example—-this is his first featured album. The talented conductor-arranger
couldn't have made a happier choice.

Richard Joseph
Travel Editor, Esquire

Copyright by Radio Corporation of America, 1958

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