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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. to record at the persuasion of Tony Bennett. Wanderley's U.S. recording of Summer Samba reached No. 26 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1966. Another album recorded during that period was Popcorn, in collaboration with the Brazilian singer-guitarist Luiz Henrique Rosa. Around that same period Wanderley also established the Carnival with Bob Matthews, João Palma, José Soares, and Janis Hansen; all former members of Sérgio Mendes' Brasil '66.


Article: Liner Notes

Reeds and Deeds: Cookin'

Read "Reeds and Deeds: Cookin'" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Chances are that if you're reading these notes right now you're more than a bit familiar with the talents of tenor saxophonists Eric Alexander and Grant Stewart and might even have picked up Wailin' (Criss 1258), their first effort together leading a quintet billed as Reeds and Deeds. As such, it would probably be redundant to ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark and Sonny Rollins

Read "Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark and Sonny Rollins" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We start the 739th Episode of Neon Jazz with a collection of classics from Miles Davis (and Birth of the Cool) followed by Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins. Enjoy this wonderful hour of jazz in honor of Valentine's Day! Playlist Miles Davis “Venus De Milo" Birth of the Cool (Capitol Records) 00:00 ...

News: Video / DVD

They're Not Walter Wanderley

They're Not Walter Wanderley

It's been a long week, so I figured I'd feature organists playing in the style of Walter Wanderley. Why? Because, sadly, there's only one video up at YouTube of Wanderley and I've watched it a thousand times. Here are a few of his disciples: Here's Florian Hutter... Here's Florian Hutter again... Here's Mike Reed... Here's Daniel ...

News: Video / DVD

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 ...


Brazil’s Greatest Composer

Label: Jazz Images
Released: 2018
Track listing: Desafinado; Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Você; Fotografía; Outra Vez; Lamento No Morro; Mulher, Sempre Mulher; Chega De Saudade; Um Nome De Mulher; A Felicidade; Dindi; Meditaçao; Vida Bela; Insensatez; Eurydice; Sucedeu Assim; O Amor Em Paz; Chega De Saudade; Samba de Uma Nota Só; Corcovado; Meditaçao; Eu Preciso De Você; Este Seu Olhar; Tereza De Praia; Discussão; Chega De Saudade; Samba de Uma Nota Só; Meditaçao; Outra Vez; Só Em Teus Braços; Manhã de Carnaval; Desafinado;


This Is Astrud Gilberto

Label: Verve Reissues (2)
Released: 2018
Track listing: The Girl From Ipanema; How Insensitive; Beach Samba; Fly Me To The Moon; Without Him; The Face I Love; It's A Lovely Day Today; Parade; Bim Bom; The Shadow Of Your Smile; I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do; Look To The Rainbow; Agua De Beber; (Take Me To) Aruanda;


Café Après-Midi ~ Fumé - 15th Anniversary Edition

Label: Universal
Released: 2015
Track listing: Presto; I Know The Moon; Juste Un Fil De Soie; Teresa; Call Me; Love Me Now; Por Quem Morreu De Amor; Windy; Tristeza; How Beautiful You Are; All; Alone Again; Catavento; Loco Love Motor; Crickets Sing For Anamaria; Maramoor; Mas Que Nada; Corrida De Jangada; I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face; Att Fa Resa; Mountain Greenery; Saudade Vem Correndo; And I Love Her; For No One; Soft Guitar; Femme Fatale; Like A Lover;



Label: Philips
Released: 2013
Track listing: Vou Andar Por Aí; Questão de Moral; Samba No Balanço; Doce Amor; Diz Que Fui Por Aí; Poeta Popular; Balanço Do Mar; Acender As Velas; Samba De Roda; Vento Do Mar; Amanhecendo; Sambou... Sambou...;


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