No. 31 — Pages 102-103: Juarez Araújo | Conjunto Flamingo

  • Bob Fleming — Jovens Enamorados
    (1965) Masterpiece Master 11042
  • Zaccarias — Música, Maestro!
    (1959) RCA Victor BBL 1040
  • Conjunto Flamingo — Apresentando o Conjunto Flamingo
    (1962) Áudio Fidelity AFLP 1990
  • Luiz Bonfá — Violão Boêmio
    (1957) Odeon MOFB 3014
  • Juarez Araújo — O Inimitável Juarez
    (1962) Masterplay MDL 13019
  • Paulinho — Metais e Surdina
    (1959) Prestige LPE 30001

This double-page spread from the  book features the fabulous Juarez Araújo and the fancy Conjunto Flamingo.

Juarez Assis de Araújo (1930-2003) began his career at the age of fifteen, when he joined the band of Cleomácio Leão, starting with the E-flat clarinet called requinta, before switching to the soprano saxophone during his military service. In the fifties, as a member of several orchestras such as the ones of Sylvio Mazzucca and Osvaldo Borba, Juarez Araújo started to play the tenor and the baritone saxophone. A most-requested instrumentalist, he participated on classic albums such as Dom Um Romão’s Dom Um and Victor Assis Brasil’s Trajeto. Besides, Juarez Araújo was a member of bands like the Brazilian Jazz Sextet, Os Infernais da Bossa and Orquestra Arco-Íris. Moreover, rumours say that Juarez Araújo might even be the mysterious Mr. Samba of the striking Mr. Samba & Seus Skindôs Rítmicos.

Juarez Araújo recorded three solo albums in the sixties, excluding two reissues and one compilation. In 1961, he released his debut Juarez – Sua Excelência o Sax, reissued the following year as O Inimitável Juarez, with José Marinho on piano, Jorge Marinho on bass, Juquinha on drums, under the musical direction of Astor Silva. In 1962, the follow-up Bossa Nova nos “States”, reissued the same year in the US as Bossa Nova Brasil Autêntico, teamed Nelsinho on trombone, Fats Elpídio and Tenório Jr. on piano, Neco on  guitar, Tião Marinho on bass and Bituca on drums. The same year, songs from these two albums were compiled on O Melhor de Juarez, except for one new tune. While the first two albums sport a swinging mix of mostly Brazilian sambas and songs from the American songbook, Masterplay Goes to New York from 1963 features solely jazz standards, this time with Nelsinho on trombone, Neco on guitar, Jorge Marinho on bass, and Humberto Garin, Rubens Bassini and Carla Baroni on percussion.

Juarez Araújo, with his velvety yet resonant sax tone, was critically acclaimed by “Downbeat” as one of the world’s top five saxophonists.

Playist Juarez Araújo:
1. I’ll Be Seeing You (Phillippe Saisse – Irving Kahal) from the album Masterplay Goes to New York (1963)
2. Sincopado Triste (Hianto de Almeida – Macedo Neto) from the album Bossa Nova no “States” (1962)
3. Chorou, Chorou (Luis Antônio) from the album Juarez – Sua Excelência o Sax aka O Inimitável Juarez (1961/62)
4. Deep Purple (Peter DeRose – Mitchell Parish) from the album Juarez – Sua Excelência o Sax aka O Inimitável Juarez (1961/62)
5. Direi Depois (Paulo Valdez – Jujuba) from the album Bossa Nova no “States” (1962)
6. I’ll Get By (Fred Ahlert – Roy Turk) from the album Juarez – Sua Excelência o Sax aka O Inimitável Juarez (1961/62)
7. Está Nascendo um Samba (Tito Madi – Romeo Nunes) from the album Bossa Nova no “States” (1962)
8. How High the Moon (Morgan Lewis – Nancy Hamilton) from the album Masterplay Goes to New York (1963)
9. Julgamento (Vadico – Marino Pinto) from the album Juarez – Sua Excelência o Sax aka O Inimitável Juarez (1961/62)
10. Lullaby of Birdland (George Shearing – George Weiss) from the album Masterplay Goes to New York (1963)

The colourful art work for O Inimitável Juarez is uncredited.


Zaccarias — Música, Maestro! (a)    Zaccarias — Música, Maestro! (b)

Luiz Bonfá — Violão Boêmio

Paulinho — Metais e Surdina (a)    Paulinho — Metais e Surdina (b)


For their 1962 debut, the lush Apresentando o Conjunto Flamingo, pianist and vibraphonist João Peixoto Primo formed an octet with Leite on piano, Wilson Ayala on accordion, Rubem Grumman on bass, Clovis on drums, Bonny Morais, José Carlos and Benatti on percussion. The next year, the group recorded two more albums, Novamente o Conjunto Flamingo and Conjunto Flamingo – Vol. 3, before breaking up. João Peixoto Primo started his solo recordings in 1956 with Seleção Dançante, and became best known for his equally fine albums ensuing his work with Conjunto Flamingo, Primo Trio, Sambossa and Pinta o Sete.

Playlist Conjunto Flamingo:
1. Levanta Mangueira (Luis Antônio) from the album Apresentando o Conjunto Flamingo (1962)
2. Franqueza (Denis Brean – Osvaldo Guilherme) from the album Apresentando o Conjunto Flamingo (1962)
3. É Fácil Dizer Adeus (Tito Madi) from the album Apresentando o Conjunto Flamingo (1962)

The art work for Apresentando o Conjunto Flamingo is uncredited.


The art work for Jovens Enamorados is uncredited but the saxophonists behind the alias of Bob Fleming are featured in articles  → No. 1 — Pages 38-39 and → No. 7 — Pages 46-47.


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