Brazil - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 11 - 09/16/97
New Chorinhos from Brazil
Upon receiving New Chorinhos from Brazil, I confess I was a
little apprehensive. Choro (literally "cry") is a Brazilian music
form that requires a lot of soul both for performing and composing
it. One could say choro is very much like the Portuguese fado in that
it evokes feelings. Unlike fado, however, choro (or chorinho, little
cry) can be a lively composition or an introspect, sad song.
In this, the centennial year of Pixinguinha's birthday, Brazil's
most notable choro composer, I had my doubts that a contemporary
performer could show all the artistry required to perform chorinhos,
especially on piano (Arthur Moreira Lima comes to mind). Luiz Simas
can and has done an outstanding job! His cassette New Chorinhos
From Brazil is by far the very best choro release out of Brazil
in recent years. All titles here are composed and superbly performed
by Luiz Simas on piano.
The musical range of material in New Chorinhos from Brazil
varies from the sublime to the playful. Clear influences from other
choro composers (e.g., Ernesto Nazareth), can be subtly perceived in
various numbers. There are also classical influences in some of the
music, with Chopin and Bach being very prominent.
Chorinho das Comadres ("Old Ladies" Chorinho) elicits the
type of frolicsome activities so prevalent in the late 19th and early
20th century gatherings in Rio de Janeiro's high society. With
Chorinho com Bossa (Chorinho with Style), bossa nova
influences underline the chord structures and melody.
Saltitante (Hoppy) is animated, whereas
Preguiçoso (Lazy) is pensive. Feelings and states of
mind permeate New Chorinhos from Brazil, and it is exactly in
the manner that Luiz Simas chooses to express those feelings that he
succeeds most notably. Every time I play New Chorinhos from
Brazil, I find myself setting my cassette player to a continuous
To obtain New Chorinhos from Brazil, you can contact Lydjul
Records directly at 485 Court St., Apt. 4-L, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA.
Copyright © 1997 Egídio Leitão