A true heavyweight, Caetano Veloso is a pop musician/poet/filmmaker/political activist whose stature in the pantheon of international pop musicians is on a par with that of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and Lennon/McCartney. And even the most cursory listen to his recorded output over the last few decades proves that this is no exaggeration.
Born in 1942 in Santo Amaro da Purificacao in Brazil's Bahia region, Veloso absorbed the rich Bahian musical heritage that was influenced by Caribbean, African, and North American pop music, but it was the cool, seductive bossa nova sound of João Gilberto (a Brazilian superstar in the 1950s) that formed the foundation of Veloso's intensely eclectic pop.
Longtime friends and collaborators Caetano Veloso and David Byrne joined forces for a special Carnegie Hall concert broadcast on National Public Radio in the spring of 2004. Eight years later, Live at Carnegie Hall is released, containing highlights from this stripped-down, primarily acoustic meeting of one of Tropicalia's biggest artists with one of the pillars of art rock. Sequenced in the order the concert was played, the disc begins with a solo set by Veloso ending with his cover of the Talking Heads' "The Revolution" to segue into Byrne's set. While not exactly a hushed affair, there's a quietly breezy feeling throughout the recording. Veloso's incredibly smooth voice is the definition of Brazilian pop: laid-back and welcoming at all times.
Poet and musician, the true soul of cultural Brazil: this is Caetano Veloso. This live set features him in two delicious duets with fellow musician Lulu Santos, and also contains great reworkings of some little heard Jobim tunes. Most interestingly, it includes a lot of material from Veloso's 'Tropicalia' era, with many songs in Portuguese.
This disc, from 1969, in his minimalist art graphics (a clear reference to the BEATLES: "White Album"), is intense and musically diverse, going through all the styles mentioned above and therefore, forty years after its launch, still causes “frisson” ("buzz") and is considered one of the best albums of Caetano.
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Released two years after her romantic and a little bit cheesy album "As canções que você fez pra mim", which covered Roberto Carlos' repertoire, "Ao vivo" sounds so much greater! Here she is much more passionate, powerful and compelling! As I always say, to know deeply Bethânia, it is just essential to listen her live. In "Ao vivo" she sings, among many others, several songs from the Roberto Carlos album, and most of them, especially "Fera ferida", "Costumes" and "Você não sabe" become much more touching, just wonderful. Chico Buarque's "Mar e Lua" is also thrilling, the best cover of this song I've ever heard. Other very nice tunes include Caetano Veloso's samba "Tudo de novo" and the ballads "Lua" and "Todo o sentimento". Highly recommended.
When your father is Caetano Veloso, one of the musicians who invented the '60s Brazilian genre of tropicalia and who retains a giant reputation, you debut your first album knowing there are plenty of expectations attached. But, like Bebel Gilberto, another Brazilian musical offspring, Moreno Veloso doesn't disappoint. Like his dad, he's a wry, idiosyncratic writer. Where Caetano fused the bossa and samba with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Moreno looks to electronica and jazz to spice his confections, as on "Das Partes." From lulling ballads to tortuous lyrical melodies, he can tackle it all, culminating in a version of "I'm Wishing" (from Snow White) that's sung simultaneously in Portuguese and English.