Sep 07 2004

Eugênio Leandro: Catavento

The Windmills of Leandro’s Mind



Catavento In 1990 Leandro released the album Catavento and got noticed as one of the best singers of Brazilian northeastern music. He traveled throughout Brazil and also Portugal, Germany and France. His previous collaborator Oswald Barroso joined Leandro to create one of his most well known hits, “Catavento.”

Catavento continued the same simple music style as in Leandro’s first album. The title track, for example, is this lazy maxixe praising the beauty of the windmills in the countryside of Brazil. In contrast with the hinterland, the song “Marés” sings about the boats sailing peacefully at dusk. The beautiful poetry of Adauto Oliveira and Dilson Pinheiro makes use of images of rainbows, sunsets and white hammocks. As a reflection of Leandro’s traveling through Brazil, the tune “Trilha” deals with the artist and where his music leads him. Through different seasons and reaching north and south, the end of the journey is the secret of the return. Besides special appearances by Manassés (viola) and Marcos Suzano (percussion) in several tracks, one special duet is featured in “Ranço.” Xangai divides vocals with Leandro in that track. The pairing of their voices is a joy to hear. Xangai’s high notes provide a nice contrast with Leandro’s low timbre. In another instance, a beautiful medieval sound is featured with a brass quintet in “Cantiga do Rio e da Floresta.” The use of two trumpets, a tuba, a trombone and a French horn is exquisite and rich.Xangai



Eugênio Leandro 
Independent (1990)
Time: 30’56”


  1. Catavento (Eugênio Leandro – Oswald Barroso)
  2. Passageiro (Eugênio Leandro) – w/ Neuzza Pinheiro
  3. Marés (Eugênio Leandro – Adauto Oliveira – Dílson Pinheiro)
  4. Dois Amor (Firmino Holanda – Oswald Barroso)
  5. Trilha (Eugênio Leandro)
  6. Ranço (Eugênio Leandro – Domingos Caetano) – w/ Xangai
  7. Cantiga do Rio e da Floresta (Eugênio Leandro – Oswald Barroso)
  8. Canto de Coco pra Azuleika e Asa Branca (Abidoral Jamacaru)
  9. Palavras de São Francisco (Eugênio Leandro) – w/ Garganta Profunda