Song No. 99 — Negro | Roberto Menescal & Ronaldo Bôscoli (1963)

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Negro was introduced in early 1963 by José Tobias, arranged and conducted by Cyro Pereira, on his album Poema Triste shortly before Tamba Trio and Lúcio Alves picked up the song.

roberto-menescal-ronaldo-boscoliOne of the lesser known compositions by Menescal and Bôscoli, Negro enjoyed nine recordings in its day including from Lúcio Alves accompanied by Carlos Monteiro de Souza, and the mysterious Conjunto Newton Samba Bossa by bass player Newton.

Agostinho dos Santos’ splendid version deserves particularly mention as it one of the few recordings on which he performs his full vocal range, wailing his highest notes over Erlon Chaves’ arrangement and orchestra.

Selected recordings of Negro:

1. José Tobias from the album Poema Triste (1963, Audio Fidelity AFLP 1993)

jose-tobias-poema-triste-1963-a    jose-tobias-poema-triste-1963-b

2. Tamba Trio from the album Avanço (1963, Philips P 632.154 L)

Tamba Trio — Avanço (a)    Tamba Trio — Avanço (b)
Art for Avanço by Paulo Brèves with photographs by Francisco Perreira

3. Lúcio Alves from the album Balançamba (1963, Elenco ME-2)

lucio-alves-balancamba-1963-a    lucio-alves-balancamba-1963-b
Art work for Balançamba by Cesar G. Villela with photograph by Francisco Perreira

4. Roberto Menescal from the album A Nova Bossa Nova de Roberto Menscal e Seu Conjunto (1964, Elenco ME-14)

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Art work for Balançamba by Cesar G. Villela with photograph by Francisco Perreira

5. Agostinho dos Santos from the album Vanguarda (1964, RGE XRLP 5231)

Agostinho dos Santos — Vanguarda (a)    Agostinho dos Santos — Vanguarda (b)

6. Geraldo Vespar from the album Samba, Nova Geração (1965, Odeon MOFB 3433)

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7. Myrzo Barroso from the album Myrzo (1965, RCA Victor BBL 1313)

Myrzo Barroso — Myrzo (a)    Myrzo Barroso — Myrzo (b)
Art work for Myrzo by J. Moreira with photograph by Mafra

8. Conjunto Newton Samba Bossa from the album Ôrgão, Bossa e Balanço (1966, Continental PPL 12287)

conjunto-newton-samba-bossa-orgao-bossa-e-balanco-1966-a    conjunto-newton-samba-bossa-orgao-bossa-e-balanco-1966-b
Art work for Ôrgão, Bossa e Balanço by Amendola with photographs by Conte

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NEGRO

O que sofri fez-se canto meu • Que deixei hoje é canto seu • Todo canto tem a minha dor • No samba tristeza cantei • O samba é o chão que eu pisei • He, se alegria meu samba tem • Se tem ela que todos tem • É que o negro sonhou também • Com dia de sol e perdão • Com a paz de um olhar que veio então • E o samba que canto é feliz • E faz da tristeza o que eu não fiz

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