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Samba Rock

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Waiting 26 years between releases has to be some kind of record. But so is Samba Rock. Having first gained notoriety as Jorge Ben's backing band in 1969, Brazilian "samba soul" pioneers Trio Mocotó released three influential albums in the 1970s before packing it up. Renewed interest in vintage Latin recordings spurred the Trio to reunite for their latest release, and it's far from an exercise in nostalgia. The group holds on to its core style of innovative vocal arrangements and flirtations with soul, funk, and jazz while also presenting a cartoonish ambiance that leaves lesser mortals frowning in the dust. But the 21st-century Trio also seamlessly blends modern sensibilities with its venerable minimoog, updating "Voltei Amor" with subtle electronica and energizing Jorge Ben's "Adelita" with a vigorous tropical rock attack that complements the all-out party atmosphere. Even Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic "Aguas de Marco" ("The Waters of March") gets an unexpectedly loosey-goosey reading via an instrumental whose lead voice is provided by the percussive whine of the cuica (best known for the background whoops in Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"). Backed by supple horn players, keyboardists, drummers, and more, the Trio miraculously fuses various styles from different eras without ever straining the essential samba sensibility. While the out-there approach may not suit every listener, it will definitely delight anyone with a healthy sense of fun. --Bob Tarte
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B00005UF3R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Contrary to part of its title and for those of you who may not be so familiar with Brazilian music or Brazilian terminology of music, this is not a rock CD or in any way a fusion of samba and rock music. Instead it is a delightful collection of original, funk-soul-samba inspired songs with a dash of modern ingredients. Trio Mocoto is a wonderful, soulful group who performed with the great Jorge Ben in the 70's and had a lot of success during that era when funk-soul-samba fusion music was at an alltime high. They were and still continue to be one of the best groups from that era and have had more staying power than other equally talented groups/artists from that era (like Banda Black Rio, Azymuth, Wilson Simonal, Tim Maia, etc.), whom many of them unfortunately died out with the passing of the 70's and early 80's. A wonderful CD to revive the career of a wonderful group! Every song is energetic, original and equally as good as the other, I highly recommend checking out this CD. You will not be disappointed.
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So I was listening to VH1 internet radio, Brazilian station, and I heard 'Adelita.' I realized that I had to own this CD. It's like a party in a disc, and after all, brasileiros know how to party. It's got a bit of a carioca swing that is just infectious even if you don't know Portuguese (and maybe now you want to learn, huh?!). I'm glad these guys decided to make a comeback so young'uns like me could get to know them.
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First, I'd have to agree with Amazon's chosen critical review wholeheartedly. It isn't that the group sounds like Brave Combo as such, but they do have a similar, unleashed sense of fun romping around various musical styles, and sometimes you end up with a huge, somewhat baffled smile on your face. "Cyrano" sounds like a strange combination of 70's rock, samba, and theme music for a TV show of the Munsters variety. It is a blast. "Pensando Nela" is a bossa nova with a really relaxed, happy groove and a consciously loungy air that will have you smiling even if, as the case with me, you generally don't care for songs of that description. In his famous song "Chiclete com Banana," Jackson do Pandeiro satirically called for a fusion of American and Brazilian music he named "samba-rock." He would definitely enjoy these unimagined results. Have yourself a "Tudo Bem" day.
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~~~~~~~My first exposure to Trio Mocoto was a live show in Sao Paulo, and I, like the rest of the audience, was sweating from uncontrollable dancing after the second song. Their manic energy, tight rhythms, and great stage presence all made for a great show. I purchased this disc shortly thereafter and am quite happy with it. I love "Tudo Bem"; this cut alone justifies the purchase. As other reviewers have aptly pointed out, the tracks on this album are generally upbeat and fun, and there is~~ a high level of musicianship as well. Those Brazilians have it down. However, I would stop short of awarding this disc five stars on the basis of the lyrics. Lyrically, this group simply isn't up to par with other popular Brazilian musicians like Lenine and Gilberto Gil, who I consider to be excellent technical musicians as well as gifted writers. Buy this disc by all means: you will enjoy it. But don't expect it to move your mind, just your bunda.~~~~~~~
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A mocoto' is a cut of meat, and apparently in carioca slang a few decades ago it was sometimes meant to describe a woman with shapely legs. This trio was Jorge Ben's band for some of his best work, and now they reappear with one of the greatest party albums imaginable. With Jorge Ben-like ease, they swing through these loose and loopy numbers with tremendous instrumental prowess. Great imagination in the arrangements, with the cuica 'singing' the melody of 'Aguas de Marco' being the obvious example. This is what the 60's would have sounded like with digital technology. This dinosaur band has come back to like in the very prime of life, apparently. (How often does that happen?) Simply put, every track makes you want to dance and this album does not disappoint anyone seeking an injection of funky soulful Brazilian rock. Swing it, baby.
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OK, I have to admit, while I love samba music, whether it's from the masters (Clara Nunes, Martinho da Vila, Beth Carvalho) or from the samba schools (Velha Guarda da Portela or Mangueira), I don't necessarily care too much for samba funk; I can't help but think it's dull and drags on too slow. Then again, what makes Trio Mocoto stand out from most samba funk performers (as is the case with Samba Rock) is that they can throw in a twist or two that's SO wacky, playful, upbeat and (on the whole) incredibly wild, AND, lots of non-stop fun to listen to and enjoy. =)

Anyway, forget the Village People; they always tend to outdo themselves. Even though I've already listened to half of this album, I LOVE IT!!!! These are sambistas who really know how to ROCK, and will ROCK you out of your seat once you buy this CD!!! LOL
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