Very inspiring, educational and refreshing in these days of perfect-sounding records tweaked to excess in a digital audio workstation. Two such examples are the opening and closing tracks "Tristeza" and "O Astronauta". In these two tracks, Baden is a tightrope walker, plunging along the high wire of improvisation. At points, it sounds like he's faltering, about to fall down, only to recover with a fluorish in the next bar. The man simply knew the fingerboard!
Despite its title, "Tristeza on Guitar" is not a sad album, but a romantic and dreamy excursion into the many facets of Brazilian music, Baden's early influences and the beauty of the guitar.
The album starts with a beautiful arrangement of "Tristeza", by Haroldo Lobo and Niltinho. It goes through 3 afro-sambas, resulting from the partnership of a young Baden-Powell and the late Vinicius de Moraes. The arrangement of Monk's "Round Midnight" is surprisingly tasteful and fitting to the guitar. Bonfa's "Manha de Carnaval" invokes a melancholy only those who have seen older, more romantic Carnaval occurences in Brazil can fully relate to. "Das Rosas" pays a nice hommage to Bahia's Dorival Caymmi(and not the only one made by Baden to this composer, the most famous being "A Lenda do Abaete", recorded a few years later). Despite its title, "Tristeza on Guitar" is not a sad album, but a romantic and dreamy excursion into the many facets of Brazilian music, Baden's early influences and the beauty of the guitar. ~ Amazon.com
I heard this album on BASF vinyl in 1970 and it single-handedly formed the bedrock of my entire and ongoing appreciation and love of Brazilian music. A tour-de-force covering the spectrum from powerful and driving 'balancado' changes ( Tristeza ), transcendental 6/8-4/4 macumba ( Canto de Xango ), tasteful and subtle jazz ballad voicings ( Round Midnight ) and simple, classic percussion ensemble (Som do Carnaval, which he planned to overdub guitar and bass tracks but decided to leave "as is" for the album ). Recorded in the late 60s, it anchors a period in his life that produced his best work in my opinion, and is for me the *definitive* Baden Powell and one of the pieces of music that I would put in a top ten all-time collection to be included in a space-time capsule of music from planet earth.
This title was out-of-print for several years, and I am happy to see it available again for people who have not had the benefit of experiencing its sublime beauty and energy. ~ fajou
Baden Powell - Tristeza on Guitar Track Listing:
02 Canto de Xangô
03 'Round About Midnight
05 Canto de Ossanha
06 Manha de Carnaval
07 Invencão Em 7½
08 Das Rosas
09 Som Do Carnaval
10 O Astronauta