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.