No. 42 — Pages 78-79: Carolina Cardoso de Menezes | Mr. Samba & Seus Skindôs Rítmicos

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  • Fafá Lemos — Fafá Lemos e Seu Violino com Surdina
    (1956) RCA Victor BPL 3023
  • Fafá Lemos — Uma Noite na Boite do Fafá
    (1958) RCA Victor BPL 22
  • Vanja Orico — Viagem Músical com Vanja Orico
    (1955) Sinter SLP 1031
  • Mr. Samba & Seus Skindôs Rítmicos — This is Bossa Nova
    (1963) RGE LP3-1090
  • Bandeirante & Seus Melódicos — Rítmos Melódicos No. 2
    (1952) Rádio 0027-V
  • Carolina Cardoso de Menezes — Boite Carolina
    (1957) Odeon MOCB 3002
  • Os Copacabana Orquestra — Os Copacabana
    (1953) Copacabana CLP 3015
  • Severino Araújo, Orquestra Tabajara — Severino Araújo e Sua Orquestra Tabajara
    (1956) Continental LPP 33
  • Elizeth Cardoso — Fim de Noite
    (1956) Copacabana CLP 3067

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This double-page spread from the book features pianist Carolina Cardoso de Menezes and the mysterious Mr. Samba.

Carolina Cardoso de Menezes (1916-1999), one of the few female pianists who rose to fame, came from a home full of famous piano players. She started her piano lessons at the age of thirteen, followed by her professional debut just one year later at Rádio Rio de Janeiro in 1930. The same year, she had her first recording session accompanying Almirante on Na Pavuna. The next year, still only fifteen, Carolina Cardoso de Menezes had her first solo recording with the self-penned Good Bye b/w Eu Passo, followed by about forty more singles and more than a dozen albums.

Carolina Cardoso de Menezes was a renowned interpreter of composers like Ernesto Nazareth and Zequinha de Abreu. Moreover, she was of major significance for applying the intrumental style called choro to the piano.

Playlist Carolina Cardoso de Menezes:
1. Expressinho (Carolina Cardoso de Menezes) from the single Baionando b/w Expressinho (1951)
2. Preludiando (Carolina Cardoso de Menezes) from the album Boite Carolina (1957)
3. Só em Teus Braços / Discussão (Antônio Carlos Jobim / Antônio Carlos Jobim – Newton Mendonça) from the album Telecoteco de Ontem e de Hoje (1962)
4. Batuquente (Carolina Cardoso de Menezes) from the album Boite Carolina (1957)
5. Turbilhão de Beijos (Ernesto Nazareth) from the album Carolina Cardoso de Menezes Interpreta Ernesto Nazareth (1953)

The delightful art work for Boite Carolina is uncredited.

Carolina Cardoso de Menezes — Boite Carolina (a)

Carolina Cardoso de Menezes — Boite Carolina (b)


Bandeirante & Seus Melódicos — Rítmos Melódicos No. 2

Fafá Lemos — Fafá Lemos e Seu Violino com Surdina (a)    Fafá Lemos — Fafá Lemos e Seu Violino com Surdina (b)

Fafá Lemos — Uma Noite na Boite do Fafá (a)    Fafá Lemos — Uma Noite na Boite do Fafá (b)

Vanja Orico — Viagem Músical com Vanja Orico (a)    Vanja Orico — Viagem Músical com Vanja Orico (b)

Severino Araújo, Orquestra Tabajara — Severino Araújo e Sua Orquestra Tabajara

The photograph for Os Copacabana is by Aymoré Marella.

Os Copacabana Orquestra — Os Copacabana (a)    Os Copacabana Orquestra — Os Copacabana (b)

The art work for Fim de Noite is by Paulo Brèves with photograph by van Erven.

Elizete Cardoso — Fim de Noite (a)    Elizete Cardoso — Fim de Noite (b)


Mr. Samba & Seus Skindôs Rítmicos is a mysterious outfit which released two albums: the self-titled Mr. Samba & Seus Skindôs Rítmicos in 1962, and This Is Bossa Nova in 1963, arranged by Ruben Perez ‘Pocho’ and reissued as Mr. Samba’s Authentic Brazilian Bossa Nova.

Rumors say that Juarez Araújo might be Mr. Samba which is a quite convincing attempt to interpret the sax playing. Regardless of the disguise, both albums by Mr. Samba showcase gorgeous big orchestral sounds with lush arrangements.

Playlist Mr. Samba & Seus Skindôs Rítmicos:
1. Samba Triste (Baden Powell – Billy Blanco) from the album Mr. Samba & Seus Skindôs Rítmicos (1962)
2. Não Me Diga Adeus (Paquito – Luis Soberano – João Correia da Silva) from the album Mr. Samba & Seus Skindôs Rítmicos (1962)
3. Samba de Orfeu (Luiz Bonfá – Antônio Maria) from the album This Is Bossa Nova a.k.a. Mr. Samba’s Authentic Brazilian Bossa Nova (1963)
4. Solidão (Antônio Carlos Jobim– Alcides Fernandes) from the album This Is Bossa Nova a.k.a. Mr. Samba’s Authentic Brazilian Bossa Nova (1963)

The art work for This Is Bossa Nova is unidentified.

Mr. Samba & Seus Skindôs Rítmicos — This is Bossa Nova

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