01 - Bola de Meia, Bola de Gude (Sock Ball and Marbles) (4:08)
02 - Who Is In Love Here (A Noite) (4:12)
03 - Abre Alas (Open The Way) (4:26)
04 - Tristesse (4:34)
05 - Beleza E Canção (Beauty And Song) (4:32)
06 - Anima (4:20)
07 - Soberana Rosa (She Walks This Earth) (3:53)
08 - Doce Presença (Sweetest Presence) (4:25)
09 - Tarde (Evening) (5:36)
10 - Tres Pontas (Tres Pontas Town) (4:50)
11 - Velas Içadas (Hoisted Sails) (4:22)
12 - Estrela Guia (Oh, Shining Star) (4:42)
The Music Of Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento
Arranged and produced by Antonio Adolfo
Antonio Adolfo (piano)
Claudio Spiewak (acoustic and electric guitars)
Jorge Helder (double bass)
Rafael Barata (drums and percussion)
Special Guests: Dave Liebman* (soprano sax, tenor sax), Hendrik Meurkens** (harmonica)
Production and musical arrangements: Antonio Adolfo
Recording Engineers: Roger Freret, Toninho Silva (assistant engineer) (Zaga Music, Rio de Janeiro, BR), Kent Heckman (Red Rock Recording, PA, US), M.P. Kuo (Lofish Studio, New York, US)
Mixing: Claudio Spiewak (C L Audio, Florida, US)
Mastering: Ron McMaster (Capitol Mastering, CA, US)
Cover design: Felipe Taborda and Lygia Santiago, Natasha Gompers (assistant)
Photos: Alessandro Costa Nunes
Carol’s make up: Nilton Mattos
Copyright 2012, by Antonio Adolfo Music. All rights reserved
It has always been a musical environment. Carol Saboya, Antonio Adolfo's daughter, was raised surrounded by inspired chords, scribbled scores, and songs being born. When she was eight, she had her voice recorded for the first time. She spent three years studying singing in the United States, taking part in the Grammy winning CD by Sérgio Mendes Brasileiro (1992), and in some of her father’s performances.
Carol's expected first solo work came in 1998. Dança da voz, which awarded Carol 1998's best new female singer prize from the Sharp Award "Prêmio Sharp." The following year, she jumped into Tom Jobim's work and recorded the album Janelas abertas, with guitarist Nelson Faria. In 2000 she participated in the Brazilian Music Festival (Festival da Música Brasileira) promoted by TV Globo (Brazil).
Her next albums include Sessão Passatempo, Presente, two releases for JVC Japan, Bossa Nova and Nova Bossa, the album with her father, Antonio Adolfo and Carol Saboya Ao Vivo Live, Chão Aberto, Antonio Adolfo and Carol Saboya Lá e Cá/ Here and There. On top of that, she performed several times in the US and won the Tabaíba de Oro award as best female vocalist in a Festival in Spain.
During the second half of the 1960s, just after bossa nova had decisively conquered the musical world, the Festival Era dawned in Brazil and was largely responsible for ushering in what is known as the Golden Years of MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). Those festival contests brought countless major music talents to the public’s attention. Among them: composers Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento, who went on to achieve enormous success at home and abroad, their music admired and interpreted by the foremost jazz musicians and singers in the world.
Carol Saboya, who first came on the music scene in 1996, long after the festivals’ heyday, has enjoyed a brilliant career as a bona fide Brazilian jazz singer—in her native Brazil as well as internationally—through her critically acclaimed performances and recordings. On this CD, she applies her enchanting voice and rich, fluid phrasing to the beloved songs of Lins and Nascimento, two of Brazil’s most celebrated musical geniuses of all time.
01. Bola de Meia, Bola de Gude (Sock Ball and Marbles)
Milton Nascimento / Fernando Brant
The translated title refers to a soccer ball made from socks, very common to young Brazilian boys from different social classes, as well as these boys’ marble games. It’s a lively Baião- and Maracatu-influenced song with very positive lyrics about trust in the world of children (there is a kid living inside my heart / every time a bad moment comes to my life, the kid gives me a hand). The song is from the early period of Milton’s extraordinary career. There is a change of key in the middle section, with different harmony, that is the basis for a fine guitar solo by Claudio Spiewak.
02. Who Is In Love Here (A Noite)
Ivan Lins / Vitor Martins / Brenda Russell
Originally titled “A Noite," this song has a very nice English lyric by composer Brenda Russell. Conceived as a Brazilian pop ballad, it is heard here in a musical arrangement totally different from its original version, now grooved as a 3/4 Guarania, like the ones Milton writes—one more bridge between the works of Lins and Nascimento, two very different composers.
03. Abre Alas
Ivan Lins / Vitor Martins
Another inspired song by Lins and Martins, one of the first that celebrated their professional partnership in the late 1970s. The Portuguese lyrics say: “Abre alas pra minha folia, está chegando a hora" (“Make room for my revelry, the time is coming"). They were actually motivated by the terrible years of Brazilian dictatorship and everything that implies (censorship, etc.).
Milton Nascimento / Telo Borges (*Special guest: Dave Liebman, soprano sax )
Telo is the brother of the great composers Marcio Borges and Lô Borges. His partnership with Milton on the song “Tristesse" has produced a true masterpiece. The lyrics talk about a couple’s disagreements in a sad but creative and interesting way. The music itself is in the Guarania mineira style (from Minas Gerais), a 3/4 time signature style cultivated in the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso do Sul. The harmony is very sophisticated, with some Spanish influence. We have a very special guest here on soprano sax: the great Dave Liebman, who plays an inspired solo as well as background phrases.
05. Beleza e Canção (Beauty and Song)
Milton Nascimento / Fernando Brant
A somewhat recent song by Milton and his most frequent lyricist partner, Fernando Brant, is presented here in 3/4 time signature, Brazilian Afoxé style. Afoxé, mostly cultivated in Bahia, is normally presented in 4/4. “There is no beauty when you are in solitude. So I live in my way, I know about my destiny, and I carry Beauty and Song with me." There is a wonderful groove between bass (Jorge Helder) and drums/percussion (Rafael Barata).
Zé Renato / Milton Nascimento
From the Latin and Italian, “Anima," which means soul, was produced by the unusual musical partnership of Milton Nascimento (lyrics) and Zé Renato (of the vocal group Boca Livre), who wrote the music. The song goes like a Toada (Brazilian musical style developed in the Northeast, but also in Minas Gerais, Milton’s home state) and combines sophisticated harmony with a lovely, simple melody. The arrangement is enriched by Rafael Barata’s percussion work.
07. Soberana Rosa (She Walks This Earth)
Ivan Lins / Chico César/ Vitor Martins/Brenda Russell
Fantastic new lyrics by Brenda Russell for “Soberana Rosa" (Sovereign Rose). This song has been recorded by various people, but this new version combining English and Portuguese lyrics is a revelation. It gives a pop flavor to this jazz- influenced album by Carol Saboya. Once again, a fine guitar solo by Claudio Spiewak.
08. Doce Presença (Sweetest Presence)
Ivan Lins / Vitor Martins/Jane Monheit (**Special guest: Hendrik Meurkens, harmonica)
Another English lyric written especially for Carol Saboya’s album, by Jane Monheit, this song is a beautiful ballad in a very typical Brazilian style originating in Samba canção, as Jobim used for many of his songs as well. Carol sings it in English, then sings the bridge in Portuguese. The arrangement is oriented more to the melody’s phrasing than to the time signature (4/4) itself.
09. Tarde (Evening)
Milton Nascimento / Marcio Borges (*Special guest: Dave Liebman, tenor sax) – English translation: Larry Klein
Written during the 1960s, this magnificent ballad has been recorded by many different artists and has received an English translation by the great musician and producer Larry Klein. The song is performed here in both Portuguese and English. Special guest Dave Liebman gives a wonderful performance on tenor sax; the solo comes after a key modulation.
10. Três Pontas (Três Pontas Town)
Milton Nascimento/Ronaldo Bastos
Três Pontas is the name of the small town in the State of Minas Gerais where Milton grew up. Among the town’s many memorable qualities for young Milton was the train station, where trains were always delivering (and taking away) people with endlessly fascinating stories. A spirited piece in the long tradition of locomotive music, but retaining the Brazilian spirit. Claudio Spiewak offers a great guitar solo.
11. Velas Içadas (Hoisted Sails)
Ivan Lins / Vitor Martins
Known outside of Brazil as “Velas," this song was recorded in an instrumental version by Quincy Jones and Toots Thielemans in 1981. The strong, inspired lyrics by Vitor Martins compare someone’s heart to a hoisted sail, afraid and never quite ready to sail with the flow of love and life. As for the melody itself in combination with harmony, “Velas Içadas" is another state-of-the-art song.
12. Estrela Guia (Oh, Shining Star)
Ivan Lins / Vitor Martins/Kim Nazarian
A tribute by composer Ivan Lins to Milton Nascimento. The lyrics beautifully describe Ivan’s admiration for his colleague’s voice and musical world. A deep Milton influence is readily apparent in the harmony of the song. Lyricist Kim Nazarian wrote the English version especially for Carol Saboya’s album recording, at the request of Ivan himself, and brought the same inspiration as its original authors (Ivan and Vitor Martins) to express admiration for such a wonderful singer/composer.