Tempo Feliz

Baden Powell

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Tempo Feliz Review

by Alvaro Neder

This classic 1966 Forma album, reissued on LP by Fontana in 1978 and on CD by PolyGram Brazil in 1990, brought Baden Powell's first recordings for his originals "Vou Por Aí" (with Aloysio de Oliveira), "Apelo," and "Deixa" (both with Vinícius de Moraes; other fruits of the fundamental partnership began in 1962). And there is more: the participation of underrated harmonica player Maurício Einhorn, who adds much to the program from the intro of the opening track, "Vou Por Aí," where unaccompanied guitar and harmonica perform with enchanting polyphony, building independent lines that allow room for the entrance of the rhythm section (no reference given in the album notes, but they are Chico Batera on drums and Edson Lobo on bass), following the exposition of the theme by the harmonica and solos by the two instrumentalists and the bassist. Next comes the classic "Apelo," with two choruses of guitar improv with very discreet references to the jazz idiom, focusing in a Brazilian language instead. The valse "A Chuva" brings with its melancholic overtones a very lyrical solo guitar rendition in the intro; soon it's joined by the harmonica solo and rhythm section. Samba bossa nova is the vehicle for swinging improvisation in "Deixa" and the long-winded "Consolação." Equally animated in the same style is "Sem Saber" (Otto Gonçalves Filho), while "Pro Forma" (Maurício Einhorn/Arnaldo Costa) brings for its 6/8 setting an Iberian atmosphere. The acalanto "Tempo Feliz" (Powell/Vinícius de Moraes), in its second recording by Powell (the first had been in the same year's live Baden Powell ao Vivo no Teatro Santa Rosa), closes the album with delicacy, with Powell alone at the guitar.

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