Chico Pinheiro: There's a Storm Inside (2010)
On There's a Storm Inside, Pinheiro shows himself to be a mature composer with a talent for referencing finer emotions related to sadness and love. He is, of course, being a classic Brasileiro when he makes music like this, and it is hard not to see how close he is in talent to composers that have created the Brazilian musical universe. Pinheiro's music is a fine mixture of the folk rhythms of the Brazilian hinterland as well as the rhythms and colors that dapple the urban landscape. Sometimes these collide and the result is stupendous. "Mamulengo" and, of course, the classic, "Sertão Wi Fi," are perfect examples of Pinheiro's prodigious talent for lyricism. "Boca De Siri," "Flor De Fogo" and "A Sul Do Teu Olhar" are three collaborations with the great Paulo César Pinheiro, and the two men seem to be alter egos of each other as they delve deep into the territory of the emotional psyche as they turn to music and poetry to give vent to their feelings. However, it is ultimately Chico Pinheiro's solo compositions that are truly memorable as well.
Pinheiro's music also gets an unusual lift from bassist Paulo Pauleli, whose stupendous melodism and harmonic brilliance provide a stunning palette of sounds around which the singer can wrap his voice. Pauleli is also the master of dancing around the root notes of the chords he plays, and his interpretation of the tonal values of chords puts him in the vaunted company of men like Oscar Pettiford and Ray Brown, like him, masters of the bass violin. Pinheiro is also a self-taught and ingenious guitarist, who accompanies himself with horn-like lines on the guitar and adheres himself to the finest guitar tradition of Laurindo Almeida, Baden Powell and other great Brazilians.
On this, his fourth album, Chico Pinheiro shows off his wizardry as a guitarist on charts such as "Our Love is Here to Stay," George Gershwin's great ballad making this a perfect debut for the Sunnyside label.
Track Listing: Our Love is Here to Stay; Boca de Siri; There's a Storm Inside; Mamulengo; Recriando A Criação; Flor De Fogo; A Sul Do Teu Olhar; Sertão Wi Fi; Um Filme; As; Valsa No. 8; Buritizais.
Personnel: Chico Pinheiro: acoustic guitar, vocal (1, 2, 4-6, 8, 9, 12); Paulo Casalans: acoustic piano (1, 5, 6, 10, 12), Fender Rhodes (10); Paulo Pauleli: acoustic bass (1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 11), mouth percussion (1); Marcelo Mariano: electric bass (2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12); Edu Ribeiro (drums (1-6, 8-10, 12); Marco Bosco: percussion (2, 4, 5, 10, 12), triangle (8); Dianne Reeves: vocal (3, 10, 12); Bob Mintzer: tenor saxophone (4, 6, 10), bass clarinet (4); Luciana Alves : vocal: (5, 7); Zé Piloco: zambumba, vocal (8); Lula Alencar: accordion; Marcos Spirito: ganza; Nailor "Proveta" Azevedo: clarinet; Otamaro Ruiz: electric piano (12); Strings: Alexandra Ramirez: violin (1, 3, 11); Fernando Travassos: violin (1, 3, 11); Flavio Geraldini: violin (1, 3, 11); Adrianna de Mello: violin (1, 3, 11); Mauricio Takeda: violin (1, 3, 11); Octavio "Teco" Scoss Nicolai: violin (1, 3, 11); Heitor Hideo Fujinami: violin (1, 3, 11); Alex Braga Ximenes: violin (1, 3, 11); Ricardo Bem Hoja: violin (1, 3, 11); Luiz Amato: violin (1, 3, 11); Roberta Marcinkowski: viola (1, 3, 11); Alexandra de Leon: viola (1, 3, 11); Fabio Tagliaferri: viola (1, 3, 11); Gustava Lesso: cello (1, 3, 11); Sergio Schreiber: cello (1, 3, 11); Patricia Ribeiro: cello (1, 3, 11).
Record Label: Sunnyside Records