Wednesday, October 6, 2010

live: Nelson Angelo at Zinc Bar (NYC)

Nelson Angelo ("Brazilian Jazz")
Wednesday, September 29
Sets at 9:30, 11 and 1AM

I took the train into the city around 11:30PM; it was a Wednesday night in New York city, after a couple of thunder storms and tornados had pounded the city for a couple of days in a row, streets were calm, pretty much empty, but clean.

I get to the venue around  12:20AM paid the typical $10 dollar cover I believe, stroll down the 10 steps into the underground venue, which moved locations by the way; straight to the bar order me a Negra Modelo, but they are out, next best option was a Blue Moon draft, so be it. ($12.00, I think)

Paid, sipped, ahhh!  walked towards the back room take a peak through the heavy curtains the show is on! I thought the set was about to end so I walked back to the bar, sat down for 90 seconds, I say fuck it, I'll sit into the middle of the set and stay for the next, little did I know...

There is Nelson Angelo center stage, playing some bossanova chords on "The Frame" one of these babies: 

Drummer stage right (you would see him to the left of the room), electric Bass, flautist and saxophone stage left, I think a rhythm pretty much next to Nelson, was a younger fellow. There was some pianist also.

The second song he played after I got there is titled "Salvar como nosso Planeta" which literally translates into "Save/Rescue like our planet" pretty much sounds like MPB track from the 70's / 80's, MPB stands for Musica Popular Brasileira. Reminded me a bit of Tom Jobim whom he recorded with once.

Gentle chords, for gentle lyrics.

His range goes from Bossa, to Scat to Rock and Roll. Plus his anecdotes were quite funny, specially in a choppy sorta drunken english.

He recanted something about a time when his first wife was pregnant with their first child and she wouldn't let him "smoke", they were very young, so he would go smoke in the bathroom and afterwards
had to use air freshener. - Something about this was very funny, I guess because he was talking about marijuana. He broke into a song after his story.

Overall a great cast of musicians and unfortunately not enough music for my satisfaction, because the show was over around 1:10AM,  I thought he was starting his last set around 1:00AM but they didn't.

While he was packing his gear I went up to the stage to thank him and complain at the same time, "eu cheguei muito tarde" I told him in Portuguese, saying I got here too late. He said sorry and that he would be playing in Amsterdam, I said I'll see you there. (ha! I wish)


Gabriel Suárez Teschner

You can sample some of his tracks and keep in touch with him here: Nelson Angelo on MySpace

Visit Zinc Bar next time you're in NYC: Zinc Bar

BIO ( 
Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, in 1949, Angelo studied classical guitar for three years while still in his teens. A self-thought composer and arranger, he started his professional career in Rio de Janeiro, in 1966, immediately building a strong reputation. He’s also part of the musician that create the “ Clube da Esquina ”, a music way with Milton Nascimento association.      Since then, his deep harmony knowledge has been an integral part of the best music created in Brazil for the past thirty years, enriching many albums by such leading Brazilian artists as Antônio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque, Edu Lôbo, Elis Regina , Alaíde Costa , Luiz Eça , Nana Caymmi, Milton Nascimento, Luiz Bonfá and many others . During this period, he also had the privilege to record with jazz vocal diva Sarah Vaughan on her internationally acclaimed album “I love Brazil”, which was released on the Pablo Label and received a five star review on Down Beat in ‘78.During the ‘80s,Angelo live sometimes in Paris ,where he recorded another two masterpieces of modern Brazilian acoustic sounds:“Nana Vasconcelos & Nelson Angelo & Novelli” (by Polystar - Europe and Japan), now twice in CD format, and “Mineiro Pau” by Cellouloid. Now, for the past ten years, Nelson Angelo release several solo albums, featuring very important guests from the popular Brazilian art of music, such as Edison Machado, Dom Um Romão, João Bosco, Robertinho Silva, Carlos Malta, Raul de Souza, Hugo Fattoruzo, Cristóvão Bastos, Paulinho Trompete and Toninho Horta among many others. After the sounds of Brazil became an integral part of London’s dance floor jazz scene in the ‘90s,his original record of “Tiro Cruzado”(Cross Fire), a song also covered by Sergio Mendez and Tom Jobim, became an acid jazz cult guaranteed in all clubs. His main songs,are:”Fazenda”, Tiro Cruzado (Cross Fire) with Marcio Borges, ”Quatro Luas” with Ronaldo Bastos ”Canoa, canoa” with Fernando Brant , ”Saramento”with Milton Nascimento, ”Um canto de trabalho”and many others with Cacaso.

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