Finding a New Friend - Fontana / LP 1966 / EUA
01 – Laia Ladaia (Luiz Henrique / Oscar Brown Jr.)
02 – Nothin 'But A Fool (Luiz Henrique)
03 – Manhã de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfa / Antonio Maria)
04 – Much As I Love You (Luiz Henrique / Oscar Brown Jr.)
05 – I Had No Idea (Luiz Henrique / Oscar Brown Jr.)
06 – Wham! Bam! Thank You Mam! (Oscar Brown Jr.)
07 – Finding A New Friend (Luiz Henrique / Oscar Brown Jr.)
08 – Down Comes Again (Luiz Henrique)
09 – Listen To Me (Luiz Henrique)
10 – The Answer To My Prayer (Oscar Brown Jr.)
11 – Seeing Maria (Luiz Henrique / Oscar Brown Jr.)
12 – Barra Limpa (Luiz Henrique / Oscar Brown Jr.)
Arranjos - Luiz Henrique / Sivuca
Voz e Violão - Luiz Henrique
Voz - Oscar Brown Jr
Baixo (Acoustic) - Don Payne
Bateria - Dom Um Romão
Acordeão - Sivuca
Fotografia - Fred Schnell
Produtor - Hal Moone
One form of joy is just feeling free to use what you have earned. This joy I found in great abundance collaborating with Luiz Henrique. By the music we had created before we met in New York in August of 1965, we earned each other’s respect as artists. By simple kindnesses and considerations exchanged while we shared the bill and the dressing room in a Greenwich Village Coffee House, we earned each other’s friendship. We then freely used our mutual respect and personal friendship as the basis of our collaboration. The result for me has been nothing but joy.
The Book of Changes says: “The joyous mood is infectious and therefore brings success. But joy must be based on steadfastness if it is not to degenerate into uncontrolled mirth. Truth and strength must dwell in the heart while gentleness reveals itself in social intercourse. In this way one assumes the right attitude toward God and man and achieves something.” I think this captures the spirit of my friend Luiz very well. I caught the joyous mood form him. So did Hal Mooney who supervised our sessions. So did Sivuca, our brilliant arranger-conductor, and the other musicians and the engineers whose talents are combined here. Now we can only hope you catch it, too.
Oscar Brown Jr.
It seems so complicated to say something about an uncomplicated person. I wish I had genius of Saint Exupery in his book “Le Petit Prince” when he says: “I would offer my book to this good friend, but when he was a child.” Oscar Brown Jr is an uncomplicated as a child, but unfortunately I am not Saint Exupery. Anyway, I would say in my “Tarzan English” that Oscar knows how to love his friends without asking them questions and with all the answers that they would need or they would ask for.
We used to share our dressing room at the Café Au Go Go and there, singing and playing between shows we discovered that we had a great time making music together.
I will never forget the day we went to show the directors of Fontana Records our version of the song “Laia Ladaia” which Oscar wanted to cut as a single. Irwin Steinberg, the Executive Vice-president of the company wondered why we didn’t make a recording together. This was just what we wanted.
I am very happy about the album. I have a lot of feeling for the songs; for the way that Oscar sings them and perhaps most important, the way he captured the essence of Brazilian sentiment.
I cannot find the words to express my gratitude for the wonderful contributions of Sivuca, the arranger, and all the musicians who participated in this album. As a matter to fact, I’m very happy about the whole thing and even happier about finding a new friend.
P.S. Barra Limpa!