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Walter Wanderley


Walter Wanderley was a Brazilian organist and pianist, best known for his lounge and bossa nova music and for his instrumental version of the song Summer Samba which became a worldwide hit. Wanderley was born in Recife, Brazil. Already famous in his native country by the late 1950s, he became an internationally renowned star in the mid-1960s through his collaboration with the singer Astrud Gilberto. He recorded six albums on the Verve label between 1966 and 1968. Three of those albums, Rain Forest, Cheganca and Astrud Gilberto's A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness, were with a trio consisting of Wanderley, Claudio Slon (drums) and Jose Marino (bass) and were produced in the United States by Creed Taylor, who initially brought the trio to the U.S

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Walter Wanderley: Sideman Sessions

Walter Wanderley: Sideman Sessions

Brazilian organist Walter Wanderley was a Tony Bennett discovery. On one of Tony's South American tours in the early 1960s, he heard Wanderley backing a singer in a hotel and was taken with Wanderley's arrangements, jazz-tinged chord voicings and staccato solos. Tony brought back a bunch of Wanderley's Brazilian albums and gave them to Verve producer ...


Article: From Far and Wide

Back to Brazil: Part One

Read "Back to Brazil: Part One" reviewed by Mark Holston

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The recent passing of Brazilian music icon João Gilberto at the age of 88 invites us to reflect on the music revolution he was influential in sparking over six decades ago. The singer and guitarist, partnering with composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, announced the arrival of a ...


Article: Interview

Matthias Bublath: Getting Organized

Read "Matthias Bublath: Getting Organized" reviewed by Alan Bryson

At the turn of the decade, German-born pianist Matthias Bublath got organized at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. After a free-wheeling stint in Linz, Austria, his musical education began in earnest, but it was also at Berklee that he took up the Hammond B3 organ. Since then the young pianist has become an ...


Samba No Esquema

Label: ugEXPLODE
Released: 2008


Hammond Bossa From Brazil

Label: ugEXPLODE
Released: 2007


Talkin' Verve

Label: ugEXPLODE
Released: 1998


Samba Swing!

Label: ugEXPLODE
Released: 1996


Rain Forest

Label: ugEXPLODE
Released: 1990


Samba De Verano

Label: ugEXPLODE
Released: 1985


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