- Izio Gross — Isto é Bossa
(1961) Mocambo LP 40064
- Astor Silva — Samba… Só Samba!
(1963) CBS 37310
- Ed Lincoln — Ed Lincoln Boite
(1962) Pawal P-20.013
- Jair Rodrigues — Jair de Todos os Sambas
(1969) Philips R 765.081 L
- Mr. Samba & Seus Skindôs Rítmicos — Mr. Samba e Seus Skindôs Rítmicos
(1962) RGE USLP 500.001
- Chico Anísio — Chico Anísio Show
(1962) Philips P 632.104 L
- Inezita Barroso — Vamos Falar de Brasil
(1958) Copacabana CLP 11016
- Eliana Pittman, Booker Pittman — Eliana e Booker Pitman
(1962) Mocambo LP 40083
- Ataulfo Alves — Ataulfo Alves e Seus Sucessos
(1960) Sinter SLP 1788
- Trio Samba — Samba! Samba! Samba!
(1964) Philips P 632.198 L
- Turma do Bom Balanço — A Turma do Bom Balanço
(1965) Mocambo LP 40262
- Luely Figueiró, Nelly Martins, Jamelão, Albertinho Fortuna, Maysa, Ted Moreno, Risadinha, Os Cariocas, Radamés Gnattali, Coral de Severino Filho — Rio, Cidade Maravilhosa (Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro)
(1971) Latino/Chantecler SOLP.65.004
- Noite Ilustrada — Cara de Boboca
(1960) Mocambo LP 40031
In 1954, just months before he first met his long-term partner Vinícius de Moraes, composer Antônio Carlos Jobim joined forces with lyricist Billy Blanco to write the Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro, subtitled A Montanha – o Sol – o Mar (Sinfonia Popular em Tempo de Samba), praising the charms of Rio with voices and chorus. The Overture is followed by the compositions Hino ao Sol – Coisas do Dia – Matei-me no Trabalho – Zona Sul – Arpoador – Noites do Rio – O Mar – A Montanha – O Morro – Descendo o Morro – O Samba de Amanhã. It might not be Jobim’s most sophisticated work but it’s noteworthy as his first orchestral effort.
Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro was first recorded in 1954 with vocals by Elizeth Cardoso, Lúcio Alves, Gilberto Milfont, Emilinha Borba, Dick Farney, Dóris Monteiro, Nora Ney, Jorge Goulart and Os Cariocas, arranged and conducted by Radamés Gnattali.
In 1960 Maestro Gnattali was once more in charge when the Sinfonia was recorded with a whole new line-up of singers teaming Maysa, Ted Moreno, Jamelão, Risadinha, Albertinho Fortuna, Nelly Martins, Luely Figueiró, Os Cariocas and Coral de Severino Filho.
In 1961, Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro was the soundtrack for Esse Rio que Eu Amo, a movie by Carlos Hugo Christensen, featuring vocals by Lana Bittencourt, Haroldo de Almeida and yet again Os Cariocas, backed by orchestra and chorus arranged and directed by Lyrio Panicali.
Despite being an interesting work, almost none of the compositions gained lasting success. Although Bené Nunes recorded a shortened piano version of the Sinfonia on his 1965 album Teclado Fantástico, only Descendo o Morro survived independently as a composition with a number of versions, including some great renditions by Jorge Goulart and Dorinha Freitas.
Both studio albums as well as the soundtrack album presented different songs compiled on their b-sides. The first album featured songs from Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro such as Hino ao Sol, performed by the quintet of Radamés Gnattali on piano, Chiquinho do Acordeon under his alias Romeu Seibel on accordion, Zé Menezes on guitar, Vidal on bass and Luciano Perrone on drums. The second album featured songs penned by other composers set in an orchestral setting, including a delightful version of Copacabana sung by Maysa and Coral de Severino Filho. The soundtrack album presented a selection of contemporary sambas like Você Passou and Levanta Mangueira, including uncredited performances by Cyro Monteiro, Roberto Carlos and Mara Silva.
Playlist Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro:
1. Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro (Antônio Carlos Jobim – Billy Blanco) from the album Rio de Janeiro – Sinfonia Popular em Tempo de Samba (1954) with Jorge Goulart, Nora Ney, Lúcio Alves, Gilberto Milfont, Emilinha Borba, Dick Farney, Dóris Monteiro, Elizeth Cardoso and Os Cariocas
2.Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro (Antônio Carlos Jobim – Billy Blanco) from the album Rio, Cidade Maravilhosa (Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro) (1960) with Maysa, Ted Moreno, Os Cariocas, Jamelão, Risadinha, Albertinho Fortuna, Nelly Martins, Luely Figueiró and Coral de Severino Filho
3.Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro (Antônio Carlos Jobim – Billy Blanco) from the motion picture soundtrack of Esse Rio que Eu Amo (1961) with Lana Bittencourt, Haroldo de Almeida and Os Cariocas
4. Hino ao Sol (Antônio Carlos Jobim – Billy Blanco) from the album Rio de Janeiro – Sinfonia Popular em Tempo de Samba (1954) with Radamés Gnattali, Chiquinho do Acordeon aka Romeu Seibel, Zé Menezes, Vidal and Luciano Perrone
5. Copacabana (João de Barro – Alberto Ribeiro) from the album Rio, Cidade Maravilhosa (Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro) (1960) with Maysa and Coral de Severino Filho
The 1971 re-release of the 1960 recording shows Copacabana beach and the Pão de Açúcar with the modernistic pride that has become kind of a caricature of itself since then. Nevertheless, it’s appealing in its own particular way.
Izio Gross (*1943) is a classically trained pianist, arranger and band leader who seems to be almost unknown outside Brazil, though unjustifiedly. He worked with a number of renowned artists such as Paulo Moura, Zé Bodega, Sylvia Telles, João Gilberto, Bolão, Agostinho dos Santos, Raul de Souza and Cipó. In the early sixties he recorded two impressive albums with highly sophisticated arrangements and brilliant line-ups of musicians such as Édison Machado.
Playlist Izio Gross:
1. Murmúrio (Djalma Ferreira – Luis Antônio) from the album Bossa Nova in Rhythm (c1963)
2. Mulher de Trinta (Luis Antônio) from the album Isto é Bossa (1961)
3. Menina Feia (Oscar Castro Neves – Luvercy Fiorini) from the album Isto é Bossa (1961)
4. Zelão (Sérgio Ricardo) from the album Bossa Nova in Rhythm (c1963)
5. Samba Triste (Billy Blanco – Baden Powell) from the album Isto é Bossa (1961)
6. Quem Quizer Encontrar o Amor (Carlos Lyra – Geraldo Vandré) from the album Bossa Nova in Rhythm (c1963)
The art work for Isto é Bossa is by the uncredited members of Gráfica Mocambo.
Ed Lincoln Boite from 1962 was the first of two reissues of Ed Lincoln’s debut album Ao Teu Ouvindo with that title.
The art work for Ataulfo Alves e Seus Sucessos is by Ronald with photograph by Rovigati.
Turma do Bom Balanço is a all-star studio group teaming K-Ximbinho and Emílio Baptista on alto sax, Aurino Ferreira on baritone sax, Ed Maciel on trombone, Pedro Paulo on cornet, Dom Salvador on organ, Neco on guitar, Sérgio Barroso and Gabriel Bezerra on bass and Édison Machado on drums. with arrangements by Waltel Branco for a jazzy album of the same name.
Playlist Turma do Bom Balanço:
1. Abandono (Chico Feitosa – Marcos Vasconcellos) from the album A Turma do Bom Balanço (1964)
2. Vê (Roberto Menescal – Luis Fernando Freire) from the album A Turma do Bom Balanço (1964)
The art work by Gráfica Mocambo concisely sums up the entertaining session.
The art work for Jair de Todos os Sambas is by Claucio & Lincoln with photograph by Ramón Sanahuja.
Sometimes music acts release just one album and are never heard of again afterwards. That’s what inexplicably happened to Trio Samba even though their 1964 album Samba! Samba! Samba! is pure delight. The line-up includes Wilma Camargo, Triana Romero and Marina Fernanda Gradilone, arranged and conducted by Carlos Piper. Wilma Camargo also worked as a composer, arranger and was part of the female voices of The Playing’s.
Playlist Trio Samba:
1. Rio (Roberto Menescal – Ronaldo Bôscoli) from the album Samba! Samba! Samba! (1964)
2. Por Causa de Você, Menina (Jorge Ben) from the album Samba! Samba! Samba! (1964)
3. Mas Que Nada (Jorge Ben) from the album Samba! Samba! Samba! (1964)
The art work for Samba! Samba! Samba! is by Paulo Brèves.