1/9/07

Johnny Alf - Ele E Johnny Alf [1971 Parlophone/Odeon] 320 kbps - 87 mb (Reup)


To honor the passing of a very great voice, pianist & composer who passed away this past week at age 80. R.I.P. Johhny Alf.

I'm reposting this exceptional LP for several reasons. First, in the history of the major players of Bossa Nova, I think this artist tends to not get his due because of his output or perhaps because he didn't crossover as easily as say, Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto or Luiz Bonfá. Considering that this very fine piano player/singer was honing his craft since the late 40's, I would say that it took long enough for the major labels to roll out the red carpet & give this talent a chance to shine properly. This 1971 session does just that & is a real treat! Beautifully composed, performed & produced by the Odeon studios. This IS one of the great, great recordings of Bossa Nova/MPB. For those who've read "Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World " by Ruy Castro, it speaks highly of Johnny Alf & his influence on the key players of Bossa. In the formative years of the early & late 50's when all the musicians were done playing at the nightspots around Rio they would end their day with drinks where Johnny played. This means that this artist is a musician's musician! Please don't miss this key album by this very gifted pianist & his honey-coated voice. This issue has a bonus single from 1972 added to its 11 tracks making it a perfect 13 track spinner. A Masterpiece & one that I place very high in my list of all time great artists & LP's. Enjoy!

File Under: Post Bossa/MPB

P.S. I call this one "Post Bossa" because I feel this is a Bossa style artist, but recorded in the more modern MPB style & era. This recording is way more fleshed out then his 60's recordings, as are most of his 70's output.

One last thing. On my visit to Paris, my host Arnaud seemed quite perplexed by my use of the term "Under-rated vs. Over-Rated". Well Arnaud, since Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto & Luiz Bonfá are more known then Johnny Alf, then I would say my term under-rated fits perfectly here.

9 comments:

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  3. What an extraordinary gift/blessing!
    This one gave me goosebumps as large as Everest and reminded me of the euphoria I felt when I first spun your share of Erasmo Carlos (still the my favorite find/share in the blog world).

    respect

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  4. Justin, my friend!!!

    Your comment surely inspired me to revive my blog! Thank you! I've just added the 3 first Trio Mocotó's albums... I know that you know it already, but there's some info on it, translated to english, of course...
    What's the purpose on sharing these wonderful pieces of music without trying to make them as most avaliable as possible, right? I could also translate to spanish, but that yes, would be too much work... ;-)

    And good to know that you're "re-uping" some stuff... I'm glad i'll get nearer of Alf's work, i don't know it too much... But i still have 35 records on my list to listen!!! Hehehehehehehehehe!!!

    And also to collaborate with the mate's comment, i really LOVED both Erasmo's albums you've posted... Specially the Carlos, Erasmo from 1971... D-E-V-I-N-E, plain and simple... I've seen a vinyl of this one round here in Belo Horizonte, such a shame it's quite expensive... About 80 reais, that would be something like 25,30 euros.

    Many hugs and thank you for your words of inspiration and incentivation!!!

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  5. Thanks for this album. I first heard of this artist when one his tracks appeared on the first Blue Brazil compilation and I was hooked!

    Thanks again.

    S.

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  7. Fantastico !!!!! Thanks for sharing !
    Mutobrigado for your uploadwork and happy holidays !

    Saludos,
    Sander

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  8. Thanks Justin

    A beautiful LP from a unique artist. Sadly, we may never see his like again.

    R.I.P. Johnny Alf

    Regards, Vee from London

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  9. Just wonderful music, thank you !
    Seems fitting and according to your text that Alf is missing in the english wikipedia article of Bossa Nova and it's greatest musicians, but is mentioned in the portuguese rendition there ...

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