Sexo Puro is a very special album by singer and songwriter
Suely Mesquita, who has worked with Fernanda Abreu, Pedro Luís
and Zeca Baleiro to name a few. These names give a clue about the
open mind Suely has for music. She makes "new music," in a very special
way. The more you listen to this album, the more you'll like it. The
instrumentation is amazingly well balanced and well chosen. No synths
nor samplers were used. So yes, it is possible to make very contemporary
music that way. Makes it more "timeless,s" too.
The CD has many highlights. It all starts with "XXI." Here you can
already hear how tasteful this music is put together. And how well
everything is recorded! The jazzy acoustic bass lines (Bruno Migliari)
and the guitar licks (Paulo Muylaert, known from Aquarela Carioca)
carry the beautiful voice of Suely. Pedro Luís e a Parede add
color with their eccentric voices and percussion. Another highlight
comes with "Interesse" (Pedro Luís - Suely Mesquita). The song
opens with light percussion and a deep sounding bass (Mário
Moura, who worked with Ney Matogrosso and Lenine among others). The
vocals are wonderful and fit perfectly in this setting. The remarkable
piano by Carlos Fuchs searches its own way through the composition.
It's amazing that such a good pianist is so little known. Carlos Fuchs
has classical training. His father played classical piano; his mother
violin; and his grandma helped him study the piano. Influenced by
Chopin, Rachmaninoff; and also by Keith Jarrett, Jobim and Chico Buarque.
And all that you can hear is his wonderful piano playing on this album!
Next is "Prazer, Prejuízo e ócio", a very creative song
about creating... The composition has very defined lines. But the
saxophones (all played by Antônio Saraiva) are allowed to wander
about free within those borders. It's how Charles Mingus worked, and
this song has (for me) a clear touch of the late great bassist. Wonderful
arrangement and strong composition. "Gazelle" is also a noticeable
piece of work. Only accompanied by piano and percussion and sung in
French, the singer brings an ode to beauty. Normal I prefer Brazilian
singers to sing in Portuguese, but the French of Suely is quite different
than that from (say) Gilberto Gil! She makes it sound beautiful and
here the language adds to the silent beauty of the song (or if you
want: the wilderness). Carlos Fuchs shines again on the piano. "Porcelana"
continues that beauty. A wonderful bossa with a crystal clear voice
of our singer. This piece of beauty goes straight to your heart. The
fretless bass (Mário Moura) fits perfect, as does the acoustic
guitar by Sérgio Tannus. Not to speak of Carlos Fuchs... again!
Next is a strange medley kind of set. "Sapatinho de Cristal", that
has a lazy Cássia Eller kind of sound hanging over it, and
"No Boteco." Pure fun. The lazy and seductive voice of Suely wakes
up, jumps up with the first tones of "No Boteco," an uptempo samba,
complete with cavaquinho (Rodrigo Campello, who also did the arrangement).
"Samba" is a cute composition with a danceable chorus line. That leads
to "Aristocracia," with playful vocals and refined percussion. Another
treasure is "Maldade da Memória," a very Brazilian sounding
blues with a minimal instrumentation (guitar, bass and percussion).
"Pisca" (Zeca Baleiro - Suely Mesquita) flows over from the blues
to a more aggressive rock kind of song. Sérgio Tannus opens
very bluesy on the electric guitar. Suely proves her voice has many
colors. The song evolves to a quite heavy rock, but still beautiful.
Great guitar solos, no-nonsense drumming by CA Ferrari. The CD closes
with a moving "Filhote da Ditadura." The song starts very friendly
and sweet, but anger about the innocent unawareness of the dictatorship
takes over and reaches a climax at the end of the song. Makes me wonder
what would have happened with the vocalists (Suely and guest Mathilda
K—vak) and the studio if the song took a few minutes longer...
So, in short the album is an exceptional piece of work. Well balanced,
wonderfully recorded and a extraordinary vocalist! And since this
is a CD by a lyricist, you get very well taken care of lyrics, too!
Shame it took so long for this first CD to come out! Hope the
second one won't take that long...
For information on how to obtain this CD, please contact Suely