Freitag, 16. Juni 2017

Milton Nascimento - Travessia (1967)

"Travessia", the debut album of Milton Nascimento that was first released in 1967, has been re-released several times through the years. It is a good sample of how Nascimento sounded before his Clube da Esquina phase, and the album largely consists of very slow, very gentle songs with long melodies.

The general style is a fusion of jazz and traditional Brazilian music. One of the most popular tracks on the album is "Velho Amigo" - a beautiful, nostalgic ballad with one of those elaborate, slow, but coherent and beautiful, melodies that are so typical of Nascimento's work. The most accessible song of the album (at least to a fan of Clube da Esquina) is the lyric-less "Catavento," which has a simple, but beautiful, flute melody played over a gentle, groovy jazz beat and with Nascimento's voice functioning as an extra backup instrument. "Catavento" is very representative of Nascimento's music, and, in some way, of the music from the Minas Gerais state. To many, "Travessia" is one of the artistic highlights of Nascimento's career, while others prefer the more pop-influenced Clube da Esquina phase that would soon follow.      

Tracklist:
  1. Travessia (Fernando Brant/ Milton Nascimento)
  2. Três Pontas (Milton Nascimento/ Ronaldo Bastos)
  3. Crença (Márcio Borges/ Milton Nascimento)
  4. Irmão De Fé (Márcio Borges/ Milton Nascimento)
  5. Canção Do Sal (Milton Nascimento)
  6. Catavento (Milton Nascimento)
  7. Morro Velho (Milton Nascimento)
  8. Gira, Girou (Márcio Borges/ Milton Nascimento)
  9. Maria, Minha Fé (Milton Nascimento)
  10. Outubro (Fernando Brant/ Milton Nascimento)

Milton Nascimento - Travessia (1967)
(ca. 300 kbps, cover art included)

2 Kommentare:

Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…

Muito obrigado for this post. I first heard Nascimento in the late 1970s. In my uninformed opinion, he is not only one of Brazil's greatest singers, but he is also one of the world's and among my very favorites. Every time I listen to him I fall in love all over again with Brazilian Portuguese, Bahia, and, of course, the music.

Like you, I prefer his slow ballads and I invite all to listen to his performance of "Amor de Índio" and emerge astonished and profoundly moved. Again, thanks so very much.

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for your feedback. I will have a look for "Amor de Indio" - thanks for the recommendation!

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