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miércoles, 25 de enero de 2017

Walter Wanderley • Moondreams

Review by Richard S. Ginell
Wanderley's second album during Creed Taylor's A&M residency opens with a bang, a fantastic rendition of the old Northern Brazilian standard "Asa Branca" that evokes the exhilaration of a street carnival. Midway through, the tempo kicks up, the band settles into a two-chord vamp, and the performance lifts into orbit; even the normally mild-mannered Wanderley dances wildly on organ and electric harpsichord. Nothing else here, even the provocatively titled "Proton, Electron, Neutron," approaches "Asa Branca"'s energy. Yet on the whole, this is a somewhat better album than its predecessor on A&M; the sound is more open and less confined. The selection remains predominantly Brazilian, with an occasional American ringer like "Soulful Strut" and another Jimmy Webb tune, "5:30 Plane." The female voices (one of whom is Flora Purim) return on a few tracks; so do Hubert Laws and Romeo Penque on flutes. Eumir Deodato is in charge of the mauve-colored charts for flutes, trumpets and violas, and Airto Moreira makes an early impression pumping up the percussion section.

1. Asa Branca (Luiz Gonzaga) - 4:30
2. L'Amore Dice Ciao (A. Travajoli/G. Guardabassi/R. Greenaway) - 2:35
3. Penha (Walter Wanderley) - 2:40
4. One Of The Nicer Things (Jim Webb) - 3:05
5. Protron, Electron, Neutron (Marcos and Sergio Paulo Valle) - 2:40
6. 5:30 Plane (Jim Webb) - 3:38
7. Soulful Strut (E. Record/S. Sanders) - 3:00
8. Moondreams (O Sonho) (E. Gismanti/J. Livingston/R. Evans) - 2:30
9. Jackie, All (Jacqueline, Tudo) (Eumir Deodato) - 3:25
10. Mirror Of Love (Eumir Deodato) - 2:45

Arranged by Walter Wanderley and Eumir Deodato

Walter Wanderley - Organ & Electric Harpsichord
Jose Marino - Bass
Joao Palma - Drums
Percussion - Lulu Ferreira, Airto Moreira
Trumpet & Flugelhorn - Bernie Glow, Marvin Stamm
Flute - Danny Bank, Hubert Laws, Romeo Penque, Jerome Richardson, Joe Soldo
Viola - Harold Coletta, Richard Dickler, Theodore Israel, Archie Levin, David Mankovitz, Warren Tekula, Emanuel Vardi, Harry Zaratzian
Bass - Richard Davis, George Duvivier
Vocal - Flora Purim, Linda November, Stella Stevens, Susan Manchester

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios
Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer
Recorded March 11, 12, 13, 1969

Cover Photograph by Pete Turner
Album Design by Sam Antupit
Liner notes by Leonard Feather

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