Waldir Azevedo (1923-1980) was one of the all-time great Brazilian choro musicians, a ubiquitous performer and innovative stylist whose career spanned several decades. He led his own bands and performed prolifically with others. Azevedo's first hits came in the early 1950s, and include several songs that have become standards in the modern choro repertoire, including winsome melodies like "Delicado" and "Brasileirinho." Here's a quick look at his work.
Waldyr Azevedo/Jacob Do Bandolim/Ademilde Fonseca "Ve Se Gostas" (Revivendo)
Prime choro tracks by three stars of the choro genre. These 1942-1955 recordings feature bandolim master Jacob Do Bandolim, cavaquinho whiz Waldyr Azevedo, and vocalist Ademilde Fonseca performing in separate recordings, and all in their prime. Fonseca's voice may be a little operatic at times, but every track on here is a delight... highly recommended!
Waldir Azevedo "Enciclopedia Musica Brasileira" (WEA)
Waldir Azevedo "Os Grandes Sucessos" (Atracao, 2004)
Waldir Azevedo/Dilermando Reis/Altamiro Carrilho "Juntos" (Warner Brasil, 2007)
Waldir Azevedo "O Cavaquinho De Waldir Azevedo" (1997)
Waldir Azevedo & Poly "Dose Dupla" (Warner, 1997)
This CD reissue includes two separate albums by Azevedo and the steel guitar player nicknamed Poly. I'm not sure which two albums they are, though...
Waldir Azevedo & Poly "Poly & Waldir Azevedo" (InterCD, 1999)
Waldir Azevedo "Arquivo Warner" (WEA, 2002)
Waldir Azevedo "Warner 30 Anos" (WEA, 2008)
A nice best-of set! This includes many of his original 1950s recordings, including the delightful hit, "Delicado," and other songs of a similar vintage.
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