The Heart Sings
Four long years have passed since Mario Adnet released a solo album. Since Rio Carioca, Mario has been busy with several projects, including the highly acclaimed releases of Moacir Santos discography. Well, the wait is over. With the release of From he Heart, Mario satisfies critics and fans. Similar to what happened with Rosa Passos’s Rosa, From the Heart is being released outside of Brazil first.
Are you a fan of Mario Adnet’s because of his instrumental numbers? Do you crave those special guest stars? Well, then have your fill with this album. Besides Mario on acoustic guitar and vocals, the band accompanying him on this musical journey is top notch. If you like lists, here is a brief roster of musicians featured in From the Heart:
Marcos Nimrichter (piano), Jorge Helder (bass), Jurim Moreira (drums), Armando Marçal (percussion), Vittor Santos (trombones), Teco Cardoso (flutes), João Donato (piano), Ricardo Silveira (guitar), Jessé Sadoc (flugelhorn, trumpet), Toninho Ferragutti (accordion), Jacques Morelembaum (cello), Mônica Salmaso (vocals) and, of course, several members of the Adnet family. However, though a solid base of musicians is essential for any good release, in the end, it is the music that lingers in our minds. Here in this CD, the music is unforgettable.
The repertoire is a collection of music that is close to Mario’s heart. There are songs from the 1970’s, as is the case of “Music Inside,” in a brand new arrangement. We also find a remake of “Almost,” first featured in Mario’s Pedra Bonita (1994). This rendition here is all instrumental. Even further back, we have “Baiambê,” from the 1979 collaboration between Mario Adnet and Alberto Rosenblit. This CD also features brand new material. The title track was especially written for the album. It starts slowly with guitar chords and Mario’s vocalise. The song grows into a gorgeously infectious samba. On “Walking Song,” guest pianist giant João Donato brings his unmistakable piano solo. He is also featured later in “Salsatlantic.” Both songs have been kept hidden until now, when the right moment presented itself. The new, all instrumental arrangement for “Almost” features cellist Jacques Morelembaum and flutist Teco Cardoso. To bring the flavor of Brazil’s northeast baião to these selections, Toninho Ferragutti does a superb job in “Baiambê.” He also returns later in the Carnaval-flavored “Escaping Carnival,” a piece written by Mario in 1979. For Cláudio Santoro’s haunting “Paulistana Nº 1,” Mario invited Mônica Salmaso to share the vocals with him. This classical piece dates back to the 1950’s. Cláudio Santoro (Manaus, AM, 1919 – Brasília, DF, 1989) was a famous Brazilian composer considered by many as the greatest Brazilian symphonist. Another classical piece is “Dança Negra,” by Mozart Camargo Guarnieri (Tietê, SP, 1907 – São Paulo, SP, 1993). In closing From the Heart, Mônica Salmaso performs this 1979 Mario tribute and portrait of the suffering endured in the northeast of Brazil. Toninho Ferragutti’s melancholic accordion solo and Jacques Morelembaum’s expressive cello accompaniment augment Mônica’s heartfelt vocals.
From the Heart is a much anticipated and highly enjoyable release. It shows a very mature composer, arranger and performer in remarkable form.
From the Heart
Adventure Music AM1027 2 (2006)
All tracks by Mario Adnet, except where noted.
- From the Heart (Do Coração)
- Music Inside (Ela) (Lyrics: Joyce)
- Walking Song (Andando na Praia)
- Almost (Quase) (Lyrics: Carlos Sandroni)
- Ocean Range (Cruzando a Serra) (Mario Adnet – Rodrigo Campello)
- Paulistana Nº1 (Cláudio Santoro)
- Dança Negra (Mozart Camargo Guarnieri)
- Song for Isabella
- Escaping Carnival (Dodecafona) (Mario Adnet – Ricardo Marasciulo)
- Northern Landscape (Paisagem Nordestina)