Barra Limpa - Verve / LP
1967 / EUA
1 - Listen To Me (Luiz Henrique)
2 - Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer) (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
3 - If You Want To Be A Lover (Luiz Henrique, Oscar Brown, Jr.)
4 - O Morro / Samba Do Orfeu (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Antonio Maria, Luiz Bonfa, Vinicius De Moraes)
5 - Minha Lagoa (Our Lagoon) (Luiz Henrique)
6 - A Waltz For Diane (Luiz Henrique)
7 - Reza (Edu Lobo, Rui Guerra)
8 - Mas Que Nada (Jorge Ben)
9 - Alicinha (Luiz Henrique, Oscar Brown, Jr.)
10 - I Know You Go For Me (Luiz Henrique)
11 - A Trip To Brazil (Luiz Henrique)
Acordeão - Sevuca
Baixo - Arthur Koenig *, Don Payne , Bill Salter *
Projeto [Cover] - Acy R. Lehman *
Dirigido por - Val Valentin
Bateria - Donald MacDonald
Engenheiro - Bob Arnold , Johnny Cue
Guitarra - Luiz Henrique
Ligação Vocals - Luiz Henrique
Liner Notes - Tom Rolfe
Fotografia por [Foto da capa] - Rudy Legname
Fotografia por [Fotos] Marítimas - Chuck Stewart , Popsie (2)
Produtor - Bob Morgan
They say that Brazil now owes the U.S. government more than a billion dollars foreign aid. Modern music lovers, since the introduction to these shores of the Gilbertos , Jobim, Bonfa and Wanderley, among others, have quite understandably been content to overlook the debt. With the addition of Luiz Henrique to this illustrious list they may be willing to call the account completely even.
Those who love the art of bossa nova (and there are more than just a few) never tire of talking about it. The bossa nova’s muted lyricism, its eloquent sadness mingled with a joyful optimism that only comes from living on day at a time, seems to demand some verbal expression of thanks from de the listener. The American poet, Robert Lowell, in speaking of Brazil, sums it up so beautifully in one phrase, “a lawless gentleness.” A “lawless gentleness” floats on the voice, the style, the music of Henrique.
Henrique first came to the attention of American audiences through his work with that admirable singer, Oscar Brown Jr. Their recording of “Laya La Dee Ya” by Lobo and Guerra was an instant hit. Here it appears in a new setting under the title of Reza. Two other Henrique-Brown collaborations are a jazz waltz in three-quarter time (If You Want To Be A Lover) and a gem entitled Alicinha.
More evidence of Henrique’s extraordinary talents as writer-performer can be found in I Know You Go For Me, the musical travelogue A Trip To Brazil and the haunting A Waltz For Diane. “Waltz” sounds like some hither to undiscovered North American folk melody and shows how felicitously Henrique has assimilated American music.
Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Vivo Sonhando (Known in this country as “Dreamer”) is familiar to those who know their bossa nova literature. Minha Lagoa (Our Lagoon) is highlighted by the incandescent Henrique guitar. The familiar O Morro serves as both a cappella introduction and bridge to the unforgettable Samba Do Orfeu.
Said Luiz, “Any other instrument you pound, you blow into, you stroke, but guitar you embrace.” That is the basis of the sound which Luiz Henrique makes, not only from his guitar, which he plays with extraordinary aptness, but his voice as well. The two combined carry you off to a far away place called Brazil at Carnival Time. This unusual album holds a custom, a mystery and a way of life that only he understands but a romanticism that everyone can identify with. Hey friend, listen to this.