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Maria Bethânia: Recital na Boite Barroco/Maricotinha Ao Vivo (2003)

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Without doubt, Brazil's Maria Bethânia is one of the most compelling, impassioned singers I've ever heard. But finding the "right" Bethânia album can be daunting for listeners new to MPB ( Música Popular Brasileira ). Her studio recordings are something of a mixed bag, but she's an absolute knockout onstage. My suggestion: try one (or both) of these live sets.



Recital na Boite Barroco was recorded soon after Bethânia's professional debut, and it shows why the public went crazy for her. The intimate setting is just right for the singer and her backup band. (Here it's the Terra Trio, a crack bossa-jazz outfit equally accomplished at vocals and instrumentals.) And what a set list! She starts off with Gilberto Gil's supercharged "Marginâlia II" and never lets up, with poignant sambas by Noel Rosa ("Último Desejo") and Assis Valente ("Camisa Listrada") alternating with boleros, bossa nova classics and Pixinguinha's matchless choro, "Carinhoso."

Maricotinha Ao Vivo is more than a reprise of Bethânia's latest studio album — it's a sonic summary of her 35-year career. The arrangements, written by longtime musical partner Jaime Alem, have a lean, spare quality that suits her performing style to a T. Among the many memorable tracks: "Ronda" (by São Paulo-based composer Paulo Vanzolini), Rita Lee's "Baila Comigo/Shangrilá," and the haunting "A Voz de uma pessoa vitoriosa" (by her brother Caetano Veloso and poet Waly Salomão).

There's a lovely northeastern lilt to the set, due partly to the inclusion of jaunty baiões by Luiz Gonzaga, along with songs by Chico César and Lenine. As usual, Bethânia recites plenty of poetry — this may be somewhat baffling if you don't know Portuguese, but don't let it put you off. The lady's got a decided flare for the spoken word, and excellent taste besides. (You might even find yourself gravitating toward these tracks, as I have.) In all, a show worth savoring.

(And keep an eye out for the DVD release...)



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Reprinted with permission from www.maria-brazil-org .

Track Listing: Recital na Boite Barroco 1. Marginâlia II; 2. Carinhoso; 3. Se todos fossem iguais a você; 4. Último Desejo; 5. Camisa Listrada; 6. Marino; 7. O que tinha de ser; 8. Molambo; 9. Lama; 10. Pano Legal; 11. Café Soçiate; 12. Pé da Roseira; 13. Ela falava nisso todo dio; 14. Baby; 15. Maria, Maria. Maricotinha Ao Vivo Disc One: 1. Overture: Dionisia Número 1; 2. A Moça do Sonho; 3. Sou eu Mesmo o Trocado; 4. O Quereres; 5. Pau-de-Arara; 6. Dona do Dom; 7. Festa; 8. A Moça do Sonho (reprise); 9. Eu Não Sabia, Tu Não Sabias; 10. Fotografia; 11. Anos Dourados; 12. Todo o Amor Que Houver Nessa Vida; 13. De Todas as Maneiras; 14. Eu Quero Ser Possuida Por Você; 15. Seu Jeito de Amar; 16. Negue; 7. Sobre Todas as Coisas; 18. Sob Medida; 19. Casinha Branca; 20. O Canto da Dona Sinhá; 21. O Tempo e o Rio; 22. Menininha; 23. Le Lac de Come; 24. Poema do Menino Jesus; 25. O Doce Mistério da Vida Disc Two: 1. A Voz de Uma Pessoa Vitoriosa; 2. Maricotinha; 3. Baila Comigo/Shangrilá; 4. Cantada (Depois de Ter Você); 5. Nossa Canção; 6. Sábado em Copacabana; 7. Boites; 8. Se Eu Morresse de Saudades; 9. Boites Sampa; 10. Ronda; 11. Âlibi; 12. Nem Sol, Nem Lua, Nem Eu; 13. Quando o Amor Vacila; 14. Noite de Estrelas; 15. Quem É Essa Agora; 16. Pra Rua Me Levar; 17. Senhores, Sou um Poeta; 18. Apesar de Você; 19. A Moça do Sonho (reprise); 20. Opinião; 21. Rosa dos Ventos; 22. E Depois de Uma Tarde; 23. Amor de Índio; 24. Coração Ateu

Personnel: Recital na Boite Barroco : Maria Bethânia, vocals; Terra Trio, piano, bass, drums, backing vocals. Maricotinha Ao Vivo : Maria Bethânia, vocals; Jaime Alem, guitars, voice, keyboards, arranger; João Carlos Coutinho, piano, keyboards, accordion; João Castilho, electric and acoustic guitars, viola caipira; Romulo Gomes, acoustic and electric bass; Márcio Mallard, cello; Bernardo Bessler and Ricardo Amado, violin; Carlos Balla, drums; Reginaldo Vargas, percussion

Record Label: EMI Brasil

Style: Beyond Jazz


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