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Luiz Arruda Paes "Brasil Noite E Dia" (Odeon, 1957) (LP)
Kitschy, old-fashioned stuff from Sao Paulo-based bandleader Luiz Arruda Paes. Classy though often uptempo orchestrations full of gooey string sections, big brass, flowery harp plucking and lots of bouncy samba percussion, but all very '50s pop-orchestral. If you're looking for a good example of American-style post-big band instrumental pop, played in with a genuine Latin feel, this might be for you. And there may be enough genuine samba in here to satisfy folks into that style as well -- the repertoire includes lots of standards by Atualfo Alves, Ary Barroso, Billy Blanco, Tito Madi, Humberto Teixeira and others. I'm not sure who the musicians were in this ensemble: anyone out there know more?

Luiz Arruda Paes "Brasil Em Tempo De Danca" (Odeon, 1959) (LP)

Luiz Arruda Paes "Brasil E Samba" (RCA Victor, 1962) (LP)

Luiz Arruda Paes "Brasil Noite E Dia, v.2" (Odeon, 1966) (LP)

Luiz Arruda Paes "Brasil Noite E Dia, v.3" (Odeon, 1969) (LP)

Zeca Pagodinho - see artist discography

Lauro Paiva "O Ritmo E..." (Paladium) (LP)

Roberto Paiva "Os Idolos Do Radio" (Collectors Editora) (LP)

Roberto Paiva & Francisco Egydio "Polemica Noel Rosa & Wilson Baptista" (Odeon, 1956)
A fun old 10" album with a cool back-story. Latter-day samba crooners Francisco Egydio and Roberto Paiva recreate the good-natured rivalry between samba-cancao songwriters Wilson Baptista and Noel Rosa, who once upon a time wrote a series of songs jabbing at each other in a public "polemica," a sort of duel of songs that lasted several years and produced several samba classics in the 1930s. These 1950s performances are a little bit on the stuffy side -- Brazilian music had formalized and slowed down a bit from the heyday of the samba-cancao scene, but it's still a classy set. A nice slice of old-school samba history.

Roberto Paiva/Luiz Bonfa/Vinicius De Moraes "Musicas De Orfeu Da Conceicao" (Odeon, 1956)
A brief EP that documents the historic stage show of the fabled Orfeu play, which was a touchstone in the creation of bossa nova... It's a pretty rough mix of stagey orchestral themes, poet Vinicius De Moraes intoning sections of the libretto, and a somewhat shrill chorus singing a few songs... Some of the melodies will be familiar to fans of the Black Orpheus soundtrack, but these early versions are rather crude in comparison to the later studio recordings. It's also a very brief disc -- less than twenty minutes long. An important relic of the growth of bossa nova, but not a very satisfying or compelling record. Apparently guitarist Luiz Bonfa plays on this album -- and added material as a composer -- although his performances are obscured in the murky sound mix.

Pale Sunday "Summertime...?" (Matinee, 2005)
Dreamy, jangly indie-pop from this Sao Paulo-based band... Singing mostly in English (with the exception of one song, titled "1978"), these guys flawlessly emulate their models, namely the mopey, wistful '80s British twee-poppers of the Sarah label variety, and numerous lo-fi janglecore bands from the USA... They have the sound down to a "T", though if you know what to listen for, you can pick out their cute Brazilian accents and doubtless find it quite charming. Personally, I wish they'd sung more numbers in Portuguese, 'cuz I like that sort of thing from "foreign" bands, but it's still cool to find such a competent indie band coming out of Brazil... There are precious few, as far as I can tell... If you like cute, introspective guitar-pop bands with mopey, solipsistic lyrics -- indeed, any other bands on the Matinee label -- then check these guys out. They know what they're doing.

Pale Sunday "A Weekend With Jane" (EP) (Matinee, 2003)

Pale Sunday "Shooting Star" (EP) (Matinee, 2010)

Palmeira & Piraci "Caboclinho Apaixonado" (Revivendo, 2002)

The Pan American Orchestra "Big Band Big Voices Bossa Nova" (Musidisc, 1963)
A lot of Jobim, some Ary Barosso, a couple of North American standards -- "Over The Rainbow" and "I Cried For You" -- and a sprinkle of pan-Americana (a tune by Augustin Lara, etc.) all played by an anonymous studio band... Anyone know more about these guys?

Lyrio Panicali - see artist discography

Pao Com Manteiga "Pao Com Manteiga" (Continental, 1976)
Downtempo '70s prog, with a wispy, cosmic, stargazing vibe. Lazy, chunky electric guitars, kooky, irritating vocals. Reminds me of Rita Lee's Tutti Frutti stuff, with less of a spasmodic, rock'n'roll drive... But the hippie harmonies are the same. I guess this is kind of interesting, though it's not really my scene. Authentic, yes... Captivating? Ummm... Guess it depends on your perspective.

Ione Papas "Noel Por Ione" (Dabliu, 2000)
A solid modern tribute to Noel Rosa, one of the great early songwriters of the classic samba cancao era of the Great Depression. Papas glides atop sleek, bright, catchy MPB arrangements, reminiscent (and on a par with) the best work by Gal Costa and Elis Regina. The cover art's a bit "blah," but the record's certainly worth checking out!

Ione Papas "Na Linha Do Samba" (Dabliu, 2008)

Papete - see artist discography

Joao Parahyba "The New Lambadas" (YB, 1992)

Joao Parahyba "Kyzumba" (YB, 1994)
World music-y jazz/instrumental music from percussionist Joao Parahyba, of the fabled Trio Mocoto. This isn't quite my cup of tea -- a little too gooey overall -- but there's some cool stuff here, drawing on many sources, not just Brazilian music, but also tango and a touch of electronic/ambient music as well. If you're on the more adventurous side of the "smooth jazz" style, you might want to check this out.

Os Paralamas Do Sucesso - see artist discography

Rosa Pardini "Rosa Pardini" (Polydor, 1956)

Rosa Pardini "Eu, O Luar E Voce" (RCA Victor, 1958)

Hermeto Pascoal - see artist discography

Rosa Passos - see artist discography

Pato Fu - see artist discography

Argemiro Patrocinio "Argemiro Patrocinio" (EMI/Phonomotor, 2002)
Samba composer Argemiro Patrocinio, an elder member of the Portela samba school's velha guarda, is celebrated and spotlighted on this beautiful, reverential album, which features affectionate contributions by MPB and samba stars such as Zeca Pagodinho, Jaques Morelenbaum, and Moreno Veloso. Pop star Marisa Monte is the driving force behind this project, but while she bankrolled the record, Monte remains in the background, singing on only a couple of songs, content merely to document, not to dominate. All the songs were written or co-written by Argemiro over his decades-long career, and are performed with a delicious, delicate delivery, marked by lovely instrumental efforts which perfectly frame his gentle, soulful vocals. A lovely record; if you enjoyed the Velha Guarda da Portela album that came out a couple of years earlier, then you should definitely track this one down as well.

Pau Brasil "Babel" (Blue Jackel, 1995)
An old-fashioned jazz-fusion group, featuring bassist Rodolfo Stroeder and vocalist Marlui Miranda. Sounds a LOT like old Chick Corea, Return To Forever, etc. Distinctively Brazilian elements include compositions based on indigenous tribal music -- a theme which is explored better on Miranda's solo albums. My aversion to the soprano saxophone is one of the reasons I found this record hard to get into.

Pau Brasil "2005: 25 Anos Do Melhor Jazz Brasileiro" (Pau Brasil, 2005)

Pau Brasil "Pau Brasil" (2007)

Paulinho & Pacifico Mascarenhas "Um Passeio Musical" (Guarani, 1958)

Paulinho E Sua Bateria "Paulinho Baterista - Batucada" (Philips, 1961) (LP)
Nice batucada percussion set from the old days... A surprisingly rootsy album for a major-label release, with stripped-down production framing surdo, agogo and other instruments typical from the street samba style... On various tracks they throw on a little echo and add some brass or flutes or guitar, but underneath it all this is the real deal. Neat stuff.

Paulinho & Seu Conjunto "Para Animar Sua Festa" (Prestige, 1959)
Brazilian drummer Paulo Fernando de Margalhes led a tight jazz combo as a hotel band in Mexico, and the (non-Brazilian) Latin-dance influence is pretty strong on this album, with Cuban-style dance music a predominant part of the mix. This album features four long medleys, and it isn't until the last three minutes of the last track that he breaks out into a straightforward samba rhythm. Nonetheless, this is a pretty strong set, one of the more solid Brazilian jazz albums you'll hear of this vintage. Definitely worth a spin. (Unfortunately there's no info on who was in his band... Anyone out there know more?)

Paulinho & Seu Conjunto "Para Animar Sua Festa, v.2" (Prestige, 1959)

Paulinho & Seu Conjunto "Para Animar Sua Festa, v.3" (Prestige, 1960)

Pedro Paulo "Apresenta Os Sucessos" (Columbia/OKeh, 1969)
Soft rocker Pedro Paulo kind of picked up where Roberto Carlos left off -- as Carlos drifted towards his iconic status as a Spanish-language crooner, Paulo kept singing old-fashioned teenybopper pop tunes. Considering when these albums actually came out, they were hopelessly out of fashion, but if you just take them for what they are and compare them to Carlos's rather similar releases from 1962-66, Paulo's work holds up pretty well. He was more consistently uptempo and "rocking" than Carlos, and recorded fewer American pop covers. On the second album, he gets a little more modern, opening the disc with "Maria Helena," a funky original by Brazilian soul singer, Hyldon Souza. Yeah, sure, it's mainly pretty wimpy stuff, but for the JG scene, this ain't bad. (Reissued along with Volume Two in 1999 as a 2-CD set.)

Pedro Paulo "Apresenta Os Sucessos, v.2" (Columbia/OKeh, 1970)

Pavilhao 9 - see artist discography

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