Capitol Records T 567
Canc„o do Mar
Eu Sem Maria
The Whistle, the Triangle and the Cuica
When night-club musicians get ready to play some of the weirdest looking rhythm
instruments this side of the Amazon, it can only mean that the glorious Latin American din
is about to start. Less adventuresome dancers may do a quick hesitation step and mutter to
each other, "Let's sit this one out." If they do, they're missing literally the
biggest kicks in dancing. Besides, with the possible exception of tennis singles, no
American pastime has given participating couples so much good, clean exercise as dancing
to south-of-the-border music. A few nasty sprains have been reported, but so have a lot of
"I'm young again" and "at last my back feels limber" miracles.
Not that surging rhythm is always a part of Latin American music. As Luis Oliveira says,
"Even Brazilians must occasionally slow down the tempo. We are, after all, romantic
people." Luis proves that here with music lush as a tropical garden. And very much
present also are the sambas and baiaűs that have the flavor of carnival time in Rio. This
album of Latin music in many moods and tempos is a rhythmic invitation to dancing fun, to
letting yourself go.
LUIS OLIVEIRA has been delighting North
American audiences with his music in Broadway shows, top night clubs and films, ever since
coming to this country from Brazil. Besides leading his band, he has composed many songs.
Luis and his Bandodalua boys sing, play all the conventional instruments, plus a galaxy of
authentic Brazilian rhythm makers. Among the rhythm instruments heard in this album:
Apito. A double-barreled whistle.
Reco-reco. A corrugated bamboo tube about eighteen inches long, scraped by a stick.
Cabaca. A large hollow gourd encircled by strings of dried beans, which slide over the
surface of the gourd as it is rotated.
Cuica. A small tom-tom covered by a skin at one end. Inside, attached to the
skin, is a long stick. The cuica's guttural sounds are made by pulling the closed hand
along the stick.
Chocallio. A thin, metal cylinder containing beads.