(2006) Samba + Samba

Tony Mola

... read moreBahian percussionist Tony Mola set out to make a concentrated, all-encompassing, all-drums-blazing samba album -- and indeed, he has come up with a beauty. From start to finish, this CD percolates to several variants of samba in three- to four-minute bites -- irresistible, tuneful, joyous, sometimes...

48′:26″ 13 Songs

1
Conversa De Botequim
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4:02
2
Xalakere
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3:22
3
Beregede
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3:49
4
Te Amare
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4:08
5
Liberdad Ile Aiye
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3:54
6
Os Choroes
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3:28
7
Glamour
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4:10
8
Deixa De Caboclada
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3:46
9
Canto De Caboclada
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3:19
10
Toma Uma Beijoca
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3:07
11
Porto De Cachoeira
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3:28
12
Na Colina Do Bomfim
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3:51
13
Acenda A Brasa
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4:02
Released 01 January 2006, ℗ 2006 Blue Jackel Entertainment

Review

Bahian percussionist Tony Mola set out to make a concentrated, all-encompassing, all-drums-blazing samba album -- and indeed, he has come up with a beauty. From start to finish, this CD percolates to several variants of samba in three- to four-minute bites -- irresistible, tuneful, joyous, sometimes surprising in its reach. The first track, "Conversa de Botequim," could be labeled Afro-samba -- the groove of the Afro-beat masters mixed with the percussion of Bahia -- and a number of other sambas on the CD openly betray their African roots and tributaries. Vocalist Gilson Babilônia sounds as if he has been studying Gilberto Gil closely and wisely; his singing has the same lithe, agile flexibility, tripping lightly over the groove. Now and then he is spelled by the smoother-textured, relaxed vocals of Carlinhos Marques -- and on the oddly calypso-flavored "Toma uma Beijoca," the singer is Tarsis Novaes. The playful flutes on "Beregede" and several other tracks belong to Letieres Leite. And throughout the disc, on a percussion shop full of instruments, Mola keeps the grooves floating along, never too heavy in accent, gently yet insistently pushing the beat. Give it a spin; you may never take it off. ~ Richard S. Ginell