Zé Luiz Mazziotti does it again26 April 2003
with a virtuoso tribute
to Chico Buarque.
Zé Luiz Mazziotti
Zé Luiz Mazziotti is a singers singer. His warm baritone, impeccable vocal technique, and sensitive expressiveness have made him one of Brazils most respected vocalists. Since he began singing in the mid 60s, Mazziotti has always worked with the best arrangers, musicians, and singers the country has to offer.
Why is it, then, that Mazziotti is one of the best-kept secrets of MPB? Not that hes the only onethe Brazilian music industry has plenty of superb talent to waste, and waste it it does, quite consistently. Thus it came to pass that Mazziottis eighth album is an independent production. For the same reason, his two most recent discs are dedicated to single (and famous) songwritersPaulinho da Viola and Chico Buarquewhereas the previous solo discs were well diversified, mixing Mazziottis own compositions with those of various composers, some well known, others less so.
It used to be that one could make discs with great freedom. Today one makes projects, says Mazziotti. Of course I adored recording Paulinho and Chicoimagine the honor I hadbut it also results in something more saleable, while an album of unknown songs would be more in the line of a singer whose career was far more commercially successful than mine.
Mazziotti has been singing Chico Buarque since 1986, when he was living in Paris. A friend had sent him five cassette tapes of Chicos songs, and he began to study the lyrics, turn them inside out, and learn their subtleties. Practically all the songs in his new CD Zé Luiz Mazziotti canta Chico Buarque have been in his repertoire for years.
Neither top-notch material nor superb interpretation are enough to lure a record company these days. We have marvelous artists in Brazil, says the singer, but unfortunately, with this turn that the world has taken in terms of music quality (and not just in music but in all the arts), they all remain hidden, doing beautiful work that doesnt get out, because record companies want only money; theyre no longer interested in preserving the best popular music in the worldBrazilian music. This type of music is a very difficult product to sell, and all the record labels I approached posed obstacles. If this disc exists, it is thanks to a friend of Mazziottis who ran around to obtain sponsorship. Like many of the best discs produced in Brazil (including some by Tom Jobim and Dorival Caymmi), Zé Luiz Mazziotti canta Chico Buarque was used as the sponsors exclusive Christmas gift last year. However, Mazziotti retained the rights to the recording and is now releasing it independently via his new website.
Selecting from an initial list of 40 songs, Mazziotti recorded three of Chicos early tunesCarolina (1967), Ela Desatinou and Mulher, Vou Dizer Quanto Te Amo (the latter two of 1968). The other nine all date from the 80s, a fertile decade for the composer. Chico joins Zé Luiz in Cadê Você, a João Donato tune known as Leila XIV in its instrumental incarnation. Recalling his Paris days, Mazziotti sings one song in French. Its Dis-moi comment, which is Chicos version of Eu Te Amo (1980), written in 1994 for a performance at the Olympia music hall in Paris.
Accompanying the singer on this album is a quintet he declares to be the band of his dreams: Marcus Teixeira (guitar and musical direction), Fábio Torres (piano), Keco Brandão (keyboards), Paulo Paulelli (bass), and Celso de Almeida (drums). These musicians, who also accompany Rosa Passos, wrote all the arrangements for the disc.
Zé Luiz Mazziotti canta Chico Buarque is as much Zé Luiz Mazziotti as it is Chico Buarque. Strong on emotion, strong on musicality, it is a testament to the enduring power of the best in Brazilian popular musiceven when this music has to go underground to survive.
Zé Luiz Mazziotti: Zé Luiz Mazziotti canta Chico Buarque
(Independent LMCD 0176; 2003) 47:24 min.
01. Embarcação (Francis Hime/Chico Buarque)
02. Cadê Você (João Donato/Chico Buarque)w/ Chico Buarque
03. Almanaque (Chico Buarque)
04. Mulher, Vou Dizer Quanto Eu Te Amo (Chico Buarque)
05. Meninos, Eu Vi (Antonio Carlos Jobim/Chico Buarque)
06. O Velho Francisco (Chico Buarque)
07. As Vitrines (Chico Buarque)
08. Ela Desatinou (Chico Buarque)
09. Tantas Palavras (Dominguinhos/Chico Buarque)
10. Carolina (Chico Buarque)
11. Dis-moi comment [Eu Te Amo] (Antonio Carlos Jobim/Chico Buarque)
12. Estação Derradeira (Chico Buarque)
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