LAURINDO ALMEIDA

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This extraordinary Brazilian guitarist, composer, and arranger was introduced to music by his mother, a concert pianist who gave him his first lessons. Like his sister, however, he would eventually choose the guitar as his primary instrument. As a teenager, Almeida witnessed, and participated in, a great deal of civil unrest; the experience galvanized him and fueled a lifelong passion for the politics of his native country. At age 19, he became a performer aboard the Brazilian ocean liner Cuyaba, which enabled him to travel to Europe, hear the legendary Django Reinhardt in Paris, and experience a great deal of foreign culture.

In Brazil, he formed a guitar duo named Cordas Quentes with Garoto, who he met at Radio Mayrink Veiga in Rio de Janeiro. In 1947, he went on tour with singer and actress Carmen Miranda's band. This led him to Hollywood, where he performed on film soundtracks and appeared
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LAURINDO ALMEIDA Discography

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LAURINDO ALMEIDA Concert Creations For Guitar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concert Creations For Guitar
Latin Jazz 1950
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Latin Melodies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Latin Melodies
Latin Jazz 1953
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Laurindo Almeida Quartet Featuring Bud Shank (aka Brazilliance) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Laurindo Almeida Quartet Featuring Bud Shank (aka Brazilliance)
Latin Jazz 1955
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Guitar Music Of Latin America album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitar Music Of Latin America
Latin Jazz 1955
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Guitar Music Of Spain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitar Music Of Spain
Latin Jazz 1956
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Impressoes Do Brasil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Impressoes Do Brasil
Latin Jazz 1957
LAURINDO ALMEIDA The New World Of The Guitar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The New World Of The Guitar
Latin Jazz 1957
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Maracaibo (The Music As Played In The Motion Picture) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maracaibo (The Music As Played In The Motion Picture)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1958
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Duets With The Spanish Guitar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Duets With The Spanish Guitar
Third Stream 1958
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Contemporary Creations For Spanish Guitar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Contemporary Creations For Spanish Guitar
Third Stream 1958
LAURINDO ALMEIDA For My True Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For My True Love
Third Stream 1959
LAURINDO ALMEIDA New Broadway-Hollywood Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Broadway-Hollywood Hits
Latin Jazz 1960
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Vistas D' Espana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vistas D' Espana
Third Stream 1960
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Conversations With The Guitar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Conversations With The Guitar
Third Stream 1960
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Intimate Bach - Duets With The Spanish Guitar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Intimate Bach - Duets With The Spanish Guitar
Third Stream 1960
LAURINDO ALMEIDA The Spanish Guitars Of Laurindo Almeida album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Spanish Guitars Of Laurindo Almeida
Third Stream 1961
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Reverie For Spanish Guitars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reverie For Spanish Guitars
Third Stream 1962
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Viva Bossa Nova! album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Viva Bossa Nova!
Exotica 1962
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Acapulco '22 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Acapulco '22
Latin Jazz 1963
LAURINDO ALMEIDA It's a Bossa Nova World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's a Bossa Nova World
Bossa Nova 1963
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Guitar From Ipanema album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitar From Ipanema
Bossa Nova 1964
LAURINDO ALMEIDA From The Romantic Era album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From The Romantic Era
Third Stream 1964
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Broadway Solo Guitar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Broadway Solo Guitar
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1964
LAURINDO ALMEIDA A Man and a Woman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Man and a Woman
Latin Jazz 1967
LAURINDO ALMEIDA The Look Of Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Look Of Love
Latin Jazz 1968
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Classical Current album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classical Current
Third Stream 1969
LAURINDO ALMEIDA The Guitar Of Laurindo Almeida album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Guitar Of Laurindo Almeida
Third Stream 1969
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Laurindo Almeida & Ray Brown ‎: Bach Ground Blues & Green album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Laurindo Almeida & Ray Brown ‎: Bach Ground Blues & Green
Latin Jazz 1970
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Virtuoso Guitar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Virtuoso Guitar
Latin Jazz 1977
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Chamber Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chamber Jazz
Latin Jazz 1979
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Brazilian Soul (feat. Charlie Byrd) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brazilian Soul (feat. Charlie Byrd)
Latin Jazz 1981
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Laurindo Almeida / Charlie Byrd ‎: Tango album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Laurindo Almeida / Charlie Byrd ‎: Tango
Latin Jazz 1985
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Dance The Bossa Nova album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dance The Bossa Nova
Bossa Nova 1994

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LAURINDO ALMEIDA Outra Vez  (Once Again) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Outra Vez (Once Again)
Latin Jazz 1992

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LAURINDO ALMEIDA Laurindo Almeida & Bud Shank ‎: Jazz Goes Brazil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Laurindo Almeida & Bud Shank ‎: Jazz Goes Brazil
Latin Jazz 1962
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Laurindo Almeida & Bud Shank : Brazilliance Complete Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Laurindo Almeida & Bud Shank : Brazilliance Complete Sessions
Latin Jazz 2012
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Laurindo Almeida-Bud Shank Quartet ‎: Brazilliance Vol. 1 + Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Laurindo Almeida-Bud Shank Quartet ‎: Brazilliance Vol. 1 + Vol. 2
Latin Jazz 2012
LAURINDO ALMEIDA Viva Bossa Nova! + Ole! Bossa Nova! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Viva Bossa Nova! + Ole! Bossa Nova!
Latin Jazz 2016

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LAURINDO ALMEIDA Viva Bossa Nova!

Album · 1962 · Exotica
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Although Laurindo Almeida was involved in many top notch authentic Bossa Nova albums, he was hardly a purist and didn’t mind mixing pop elements with Bossa Nova with the intent of reaching a broader audience. Such is the case with “Viva Bossa Nova!” from 1962, the rhythms are pure Bossa Nova, and they are expertly played, but the melodies come from popular movies and TV shows. Adding to the early 60s pop appeal is Jimmy Rowles playing a beautifully cheezy electric organ, the ultimate in ‘lounge cool’ in this pre-hippie era. It all adds up, real Bossa Nova fans may not dig this, but its perfect for fans of exotica and 60s bachelor pad mystique.

Although this was mostly meant to be a pop album, none of these excellent musicians checked their creativity and talent at the door. All of the arrangements are varied and interesting and almost every tune provides a solo or two. Some top tune honors go to “Maria”, with a great sax solo from Bob Cooper, and “Petite Le Fleur” with a beautiful bass flute melody from Justin Gordon. “Mr Lucky” and “Theme from Route 66” are also successes in arrangement and execution. Throughout this album, Almeida and his producers stay away from overplayed tunes and the kind of super corny songs that can often drag these kind of records down. “Moon River” is probably the only song close to that category, everything else on here sounds fairly fresh.

Although the choice of songs pushes this album more in a pop/exotica type direction, the high musicianship and general good-taste in presentation might make this appealing to fans of real Bossa Nova too.

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