Three songs by Tamba Trio, great as a One for The Road series


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Tamba Trio was a wildly popular group during the 1960’s and caught the bossa vocal-pop world by storm.  Pianist Luizinho Eça, bassist Bebeto (born as Adalberto Castilho), and drummer Helcio Milito, Tamba Trio accomplished a lot–not just in their harmonizing vocals, but in the variety of instruments that they played. (Fyi, most bossa nova groups specialize in either vocals or musicianship, but not partaking in both activities.) Taking their name from a certain type of drum that Milito himself used, most of their key success blossomed throughout most of the 1960s.

From their self-titled 1962 debut, “O Barquinho” (or translated simply as, “The Toy Boat”) became a big hit both in Brazilian clubs and on radio stations giving this long a lot of popularity.  One year later, their irresistibly swinging version of Jorge Ben’s classic tune, “Mas Que Nada” (initially recorded for 1963’s LP by Avanco) became their best-known hit — it was used most seen when Nike used it as a commercial on ESPN/ABC’s coverage during the 1998 World Cup soccer/futbol tournament.

The other two songs also appear on their “Classics” album, and the first song also appears on the “Best Of Brazilica” (prominently featuring a superimposed image of the words Order and Progress that are displayed on Brazil’s national flag.)
Barumba features a lot of slow chanting and drum playing, but I wish instead to highlight the third track, “Tamba” as a bit of a departure from the normal videos that I usually play:

Similar to my first “One for the Road” installment on Sergio Mendes’ Greatest Hits album, anything by Tamba Trio definitely qualifies for great playing on your CD player or mobile device when heading out on the road.

Speaking of the road, that is what most Americans are doing–not just heading to tailgates and supporting their favorite college football and volleyball teams (another blog subject for another day, maybe?), but it is the last general weekend of summer for most of the United States.

Especially in the North, where daylight will start to decrease and the southern edge of Brazil slowly gets into springtime mode, please take some time to think this Labor Day holiday weekend about the American workers and how they keep things moving and commerce trading both between friends on the next expressway ramp down the street and also between nations.

While some people will be diving into many versions of sambas come September, I will dive back into some more individual artists and groups that I like.  Hopefully, some more email interviews will be occupying specific blog posts.

And before I go, let us wish loyal friend of the blog Fabiana Passoni safe travels flying from California to Brazil along with nothing but happy times and plenty of smiles during her important singing performances.

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