No. 11 — Pages 42-43: Quarteto Excelsior | Aimé Vereck

  • Djalma Ferreira, Léo Peracchi, Trio Surdina, Rud Wharton, João Leal Brito ‘Britinho’, Roberto Luna — No Mundo do Samba Vol. 1
    (1955) Musidisc M-032
  • Dick Farney — Jazz Festival No. 1 – Jam Session Realizado em São Paulo
    (1956) RGE RLP-002
  • Zezinho — Rio… Suave é a Noite – Zezinho e Seu Som Balanço
    (1964) Cartaz LPC 5001
  • Radamés Gnattali — Samba em 3 Andamentos – Radamés Gnattali ao Piano com Orquestra de Cordas
    (1955) Sinter SLP 1037
  • Norberto Baldauf — Ritmos da Madrugada
    (1955) Odeon LDS 3016
  • Quarteto Excelsior — Coquetel Dançante Nº. 1
    (1957) RCA Victor BPL 3
  • Neusa Maria, João Leal Brito ‘Britinho’— As Favoritas do ‘Disc-Jockey’ Haroldo Eiras na Interpretação de Neusa Maria e Britinho
    (1956) Sinter SLP 1067
  • Aimé Vereck — Aimé Vereck e Seu Conjunto de Boite Nº 2
    (1955) Odeon MODB 3026
  • Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Helena de Lima — Parada de Dança Vol. 1
    (1953) Musidisc M-002
  • Quarteto Excelsior — Jantar Dançante com o Quarteto Excelsior
    (1957) Copacabana CLP 3012
  • Aracy de Almeida — Canções de Noel Rosa com Aracy de Almeida
    (1955) Continental LPP 10
  • Manfredo Fest — Boleros Clássicos – Clássicos em Bolero
    (1962) SBA SBA-033

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This double-page spread from the book features the fairly famous Quarteto Excelsior and the rather non-famous Aimé Vereck.

Conductor, clarinetist and composer Aristides Zacarias (*1911), better known as Maestro Zaccarias, founded his first orchestra, The Midnighters, in 1943, featuring Nilo Sérgio, the future founder of Musidisc, as lead vocalist. Later, Zaccarias accompanied singers like Carlos Galhardo and Nelson Gonçalves, and became notably famous for his gafieira and frevo orchestrations, then two very popular styles of Brazilian music.

As a result, Zaccarias already enjoyed a successful career when Quarteto Excelsior was founded in 1955. The group was originally made up for shows at the Hotel Excelsior in Rio de Janeiro, but soon became a successful and quite influencial pop act.

Apart from Zaccarias on clarinet and Fats Elpídio on piano, the musicians on bass and drums changed from one album to the next. Sometimes Quarteto Excelsior was actually a sextet, augmented with Maurílio on piston and Nelsinho on trombone. The group released a total of six albums from 1955 to 1961, entitled Coquetel Dançante Vol. 1-4 and Jantar Dançante Vol. 1-2. The repertoire includes mainstream evergreens like Mister Sandman and Love Me Tender as well as jazz standards like The Very Thought of You and Yesterdays and samba classics such as Implorar and Samba de Orfeu.

After more than 20 albums, countless singles and numerous appearances in TV shows and concerts, Zaccarias quit the music business in 1971 at the age of 60.

Playlist Quarteto Excelsior:
1. Fantoche (Adelino Moreira) from the album Coquetel Dançante Vol. 4 (1961)
2. Aproveita a Maré (Walfrido Silva – Humberto de Carvalho) from the album Jantar Dançante Vol. 1 (1955)
3. Mulher de Trinta (Luis Antônio) from the album Coquetel Dançante Vol. 4 (1961)
4.
Implorar (Germano Augusto – Kid Pepe – Gaspar) from the album Jantar Dançante Vol. 1 (1955)

The art work for Coquetel Dançante Nº. 1 is uncredited.

The various issues of Jantar Dançante Vol. 1 come in various versions with a photograph van Erven.

Quarteto Excelsior — Jantar Dançante (3a)

     Quarteto Excelsior — Jantar Dançante (3b)


Neusa Maria, João Leal Brito ‘Britinho’ — As Favoritas do ‘Disc-Jockey’ Haroldo Eiras na Interpretação de Neusa Maria e Britinho

   

   

   

Zezinho — Rio... Suave é a Noite – Zezinho e Seu Som Balanço

   

Manfredo Fest — Boleros Clássicos – Clássicos em Bolero


Aimé Vereck is a name that has to be investigated since hardly no information about this musicians can be traced. Apparently he played the tenor saxophone and the rather uncommon ocarina. He recorded two solo albums, Boite em Seu Luar and Aimé Vereck e Seu Conjunto de Boite Nº 2, two singles, and participated in the compilation Solistas Populares. It seems that 1955 was Aimé Vereck’s big year since all his records were released by Odeon in 1955.

Playlist Aimé Vereck:
1. Feitiço da Vila (Noel Rosa – Vadico) from the album Aimé Vereck e Seu Conjunto de Boite Nº 2 (1955)
2. Trê Patetas (Aimé Vereck) from the album Aimé Vereck e Seu Conjunto de Boite Nº 2 (1955)

The nice art work of Aimé Vereck e Seu Conjunto de Boite Nº 2 is as uncredited as the musicians of his Conjunto.

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