Dom Salvador Trio - Mocambo - 1966 Liner Notes
In 2002 I reissued Dom Salvador Trio, the rarest of the two Mocambo albums made by the legnedary pianist and composer. My friend Jose Domingo Raffaelli wrote the original liner notes so it made sense for me to just translate them for the Whatmusic reissue.
The cover art for the 2002 Whatmusic reissue on CD
Liner notes on the 1966 LP were by a jazz critic I later got to know really well, the late Jose Domingo Raffaelli, so it made sense to translate those original notes for our reissue.
Jose literally knew everyone in jazz, not just in Brazil but in the USA, too. Befriended by guitarist Jim Hall when he recognised him on Copacabana beach in 1962. Subsequently, nearly every visiting jazz luminary would meet up with Raffaelli who would take them to see the latest artists and musicians in the booming Rio scene.
1966 Liner notes by Jose Domingo Raffaelli - translated by me.
It’s been a year now since Mocambo released the first Salvador Trio album - and what a success that’s been! - and now The Salvador Trio are back this latest release, with a slightly modified line-up. For this production, side by side with leader/pianist Salvador, we find Sergio Barroso Neto on double bass and Edison Machado on drums. These are three friends who are together once more to provide us with this album of modern music.
It’s exactly this type of music that the trio play so well - with warmth, enthusiasm and talent. On their first outing we heard Salvador Trio play ‘musica moderna brasileira’. This time, with the inclusion of the tracks ‘Fred’s Ahead’ and ‘Eu Compro Essa Mulher’ as well as other selections that pertain to the modern Brazilian music genre, the trio presents us with a recital of modern music in all its forms.
This group is made up of musicians with a first class standing within the musical landscape, and the individual qualities of each of them are well known by those who have accompanied the evolutions of modern Brazilian music.
Salvador sa Silva Filho (Dom Salvador) has proved himself over some time as a pianist of great resource and indisputable talent.
His public performances have cemented his reputation as a first class artist and his first LP, particularly well received by record buyers, brought him innumerable new fans. Over the past year, the trajectory of his career has further launched his name as a pianist of great note. Only this record his solos will only reaffirm those expectations.
Sergio Barroso Neto - considered by the pianist Horace Silver to be the best Brazilian bassist he’s heard -
shows us with his attentive and vigorous playing his capacity as ‘professor emeritus’ of the rhythm section. His solos are concise yet always melodic. HIs support is the ideal complement to any group.
Edison Machado - this extraordinary and versatile drummer, a musician of unlimited resources, who possesses both an uncommon touch and impeccable technical skill, is in some sense the precursor to modern drumming in our country.
Having absorbed the influences of various american drummers he has synthesized, in his style, the virtues of all he hears, as well as demonstrating an amazing virtuosity. At the same time, he has become a major influence on all our young drummers. With his drive and unchallenged domination of his instrument he ha a complete independence between hands and feet that allows him to play with absolute freedom - Edison is the propulsive dynamo in whichever group he is playing.
Most noteworthy are the four Salvador originals, all of which reaffirm his talent as a creator.
To give the greatest possible variety in musical treatment, on four selections the trio is augmented by a string section whose sensitive tasteful arrangements are by Maestro Gaya. One of the tracks that features the string accompaniment - Essa Mulher - features Salvador at the organ, an instrument with which he is already conversant, and one he plays with great skill and melodic sense.
The trio also dashes off a version of ‘Indio Perdido’* which differs vastly from that of its author João Donato. The tune ‘Fred’s Ahead’ - a compostiion by Cal Tjader’s bassist Freddy Schreiber - relies on a vibrant and enthusiastic interpretation, as does ‘Samborio’. We should also note the melodic beauty, delicacy of execution of ‘ A Canção do Amor que Nasceu’, ‘Um Sonho Azul’ and ‘Iluminando o Vazio’.
*Indio Perdido was later re-recorded and made famous as Lugar Comum with lyrics by Gilberto Gil.
Salvador Trio offers us a whole, a superbly varied and tasteful musical climate in which the performances of Salvador, Sergio and Edison are exhibited in full!
Rio de Janeiro, 5th September 1966 Jose Domingo Raffaelli
Translated in 2002 by Gary Corben
Dom Salvador Trio 1966 Full Album on YouTube
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