World Tour - Brazil & Opinions on Ryley Walker

With all eyes turned toward the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Sound Opinions World Tour makes its next stop in Brazil, a country with an unmatched musical influence on the globe. Jim and Greg explore the rich musical history of Brazil, including the bossa nova, MPB, and Tropicália phenomena of the 1950s and '60s. Plus, a review of the new album from Chicago fingerpicking virtuoso Ryley Walker.

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The excitement of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will soon fade into memory, but the music coming out of Brazil has endured for centuries. Jim and Greg bring the Sound Opinions World Tour to Brazil and explore the country's rich musical heritage. Of course, Brazil is enormous and has produced more genres of music than we could even name. So Jim and Greg focus first on the pivotal period of 1958-1968, beginning with the rise of bossa nova. Our guide is Sérgio Mielniczenko, host of The Brazilian Hour radio show since 1978. He explains how the deceptively minimalistic yet harmonically complex music of João Gilberto, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Sérgio Mendes, and other bossa nova artists revolutionized music in Brazil and around the world.

But in 1964, just as "The Girl From Ipanema" was becoming a global hit, Brazil's government was overthrown in a military coup. Artists like Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque, and Geraldo Vandré turned to socially conscious protest songs in response. This post-bossa nova generation became known as música popular brasileira (Brazilian popular music) or MPB. Meanwhile, the Jovem Guarda (Young Guard) led by Roberto Carlos created an apolitical form of Brazilian rock ‘n’ roll. And in the late '60s, the Tropicália movement blended high art, lowbrow kitsch, traditional Brazilian rhythms, psychedelic rock, and electric instruments into an irreverent mix. Tropicalistas like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, Tom Zé, and Gal Costa were curtailed by the government crackdown of 1968, but their music has proved influential for decades.

Jim and Greg also want to acknowledge all of the great new music coming out of Brazil. Chris McGowan, author of The Brazilian Sound and The Brazilian Music Book, calls in from Rio and explains that Brazil is a large country and there are a huge variety of popular musical styles. He runs through some of the most popular genres of the moment, starting with sertanejo, Brazilian country music. They also talk about new avant-garde music, Brazilian hip hop, and electronic dance genres Axé and tecno brega.

reviewGolden Sings That Have Been Sung (Deep Cuts Edition)Golden Sings That Have Been Sung available on iTunes

Ryley Walker Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Singer-songwriter Ryley Walker hails from the Chicago independent music scene, and puts his complex guitar skills on exhibition in his latest release Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. Many critics have drawn comparisons between Walker and Van Morrison because of his singing and guitar virtuoso talent. Jim first discovered Ryley Walker at South By Southwest and was blown away. Jim cites Walker's production collaboration with Leroy Bach, formerly of Wilco, as something that helped elevate his music to a new level. Overall, he finds that Walker's introspective vocals and guitar playing are the highlights of the album, and gives it a Buy It. Greg agrees, and thinks Walker has evolved on this record, establishing his own modern sound. He thinks Walker blends his complex guitar parts with more unusual sonic elements to perfection. Greg gives Golden Sings That Have Been Sung a Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. Dick Farney, Copacabana, Copacabana/Barqueiro do Rio São Francisco, Continental, 1946
  2. Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Bernie's Tune, Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Pacific Jazz, 1952
  3. Dom Um & Jadir De Castro, Ozonio, Les Fabuleux Rythmes De Rio, Barclay, 1974
  4. Maysa, O Barquinho, Barquinho, Columbia, 1961
  5. Elizete Cardoso, Outra Vez, Canção do Amor Demais, Festa, 1958
  6. João Gilberto, Chega De Saudade, Chega De Saudade, Odeon, 1959
  7. Francisco Alves, A Mulher Que Ficou Na Taça, Canta Brasil!, Odeon, 1941
  8. João Gilberto, Bim Bom, Chega De Saudade, Odeon, 1959
  9. João Gilberto, Desafinado, Chega De Saudade, Odeon, 1959
  10. Antônio Carlos Jobim, A Felicidade, The Wonderful World of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Warner Bros., 1966
  11. Silvia Telles, Dindi, Amor De Gente Moça, Odeon, 1959
  12. Agostinho dos Santos, Manhã de Carnaval, Black Orpheus (Original Sountrack), Kokopeli, 2008
  13. Nara Leão, Diz Que Fui Por Ai, Nara, Elenco, 1964
  14. Sexteto De Sergio Mendes, Samba de Uma Nota Só, Bossa Nova At Carnegie Hall, Audio Fidelity, 1962
  15. Marcos Valle, Seu Encanto, O Compositor e o Cantor, Odeon, 1965
  16. Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd, Desafinado, Jazz Samba, Verve, 1962
  17. Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto, The Girl From Ipanema, Getz/Gilberto, Verve, 1964
  18. Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66, Mas Que Nada, Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, A&M, 1966
  19. Carlos Lyra, Coisa Mais Linda, Carlos Lyra, Philips, 1961
  20. Chico Buarque, A Banda, Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Phillips, 1966
  21. Geraldo Vandré, Pra Não Dizer Que Não Falei das Flores (Caminhando), Prá Não Dizer Que Não Falei Das Flores, Som Maior, 1968
  22. Elis Regina, Arrastão, Dois na Bossa, Philips, 1965
  23. Erasmo Carlos, Festa De Arromba, A Pescaria, RGE, 1965
  24. Roberto Carlos, Quero Que Vá Tudo Pro Inferno, Jovem Guarda, Columbia, 1965
  25. Gilberto Gil, Geléia Geral, Tropicália ou Panis et Circencis, Philips, 1968
  26. Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso, Baby, Tropicália ou Panis et Circencis, Philips, 1968
  27. Caetano Veloso, Alegria, Alegria, Caetano Veloso, Philips, 1968
  28. Gilberto Gil, Domingo no Parque, Gilberto Gil, Philips, 1968
  29. Os Mutantes, A Minha Menina, Os Mutantes, Polydor, 1968
  30. Os Mutantes, Panis et Circenses, Os Mutantes, Polydor, 1968
  31. Gal Costa, Namorinho de Portão, Gal Costa, Phillips, 1969
  32. Pena Branca & Xavantinho & Renato Teixeira, Cuitelinho, Ao Vivo em Tatuí, Kaurup, 1992
  33. Michel Telo, Ai Se Eu Te Pego! (Ao Vivo), Na Balada, Universal, 2011
  34. Emobala Musicians from Mar Grande & Embolada singer from Mar Grande, Monta no Jumento (Emolada), Songs and Dances of Brazil, Folkways, 1956
  35. Marcelo D2, Você Diz Que o Amor Não Dói, Nada Pode Me Parar, EM Brazil, 2013
  36. Boogarins, Lucifernandis, As Plantas Que Curam, Other Music, 2013
  37. Claudia Leitte, Largadinho, Claudio Leitte EP, Universal, 2012
  38. Gaby Amarantos, Ela Tá Beba Doida (Beba Doida), Treme, Som Livre, 2012
  39. Ryley Walker, Funny Thing She Said, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, Dead Oceans, 2016
  40. Ryley Walker, The Halfwit In Me, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, Dead Oceans, 2016
  41. Ryley Walker, Age Old Tale, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, Dead Oceans, 2016
  42. Ryley Walker, Sullen Mind, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, Dead Oceans, 2016
  43. Låpsley, Operator (He Doesn't Call Me), Long Way Home, XL, 2016
  44. Whitney Houston, Every Woman, The Bodyguard, Arista, 1993
  45. Pete Townshend, Let My Love Open the Door, Empty Glass, Atco, 1980
  46. Ensemble Modern, Octet (Eight Lines), Steve Reich: City Life - 8 Lines, RCA Red Seal, 2002
  47. The Orwells, Other Voices, Other Voices - EP, Canvasback, 2013
  48. Courtney Barnett, An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York), Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015

Footnotes The Brazilian Hour“Bossa Nova”by Ruy Castro“Brutality Garden”by Christopher Dunn“The Brazilian Sound”by Chris McGowan & Ricardo Pessanha Chris McGowan Beck's“Tropicalia” Ryley Walker Greg's review of Walker album