SEBASTIÃO TAPAJOS AND PEDRO DOS SANTOS
VOL. 2

Vampi Soul ‎
ESLP 2020 (’72)
BRAZIL GUITAR BOSSA SAMBA

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The ION studios, located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Balvanera, have been the usual setting for recordings by Argentine artists as popular as Les Luthiers or Charly García. In the early 1970s, they also hosted Brazilian guitarist Sebastião Tapajos for several sessions accompanied by other musicians such as Arnaldo Henriques, Maria Nazareth, or Pedro “Sorongo” Dos Santos. Two albums would be published in the Argentine record label Trova of the recordings along with the latter.

In this “Vol.2” the connection between the delicate guitar of Tapajos and the surprising experimental percussion of Pedro Dos Santos, based on unusual objects such as spoons, deodorant containers, or matchboxes, creates extraordinary beauty throughout the 12 songs on the album. The sound of the flute is another of the ingredients present in several of the songs and, although his actual involvement is not confirmed on the sleeve credits of the album, everything seems to indicate that Danilo Caymmi was the musician invited to accompany the Tapajos-Dos Santos duo.

Since its first release in 1972, this album has been highly sought after by all Tapajos fans, both inside and outside Brazil, becoming a title hard to get hold of due to the fact that it was initially only published in Argentina. Years later, when Brazilian rhythms were incorporated, along with jazz, to the spectrum of sounds regularly played at London clubs, by DJs such as Gilles Peterson or Paul Murphy, a renewed interest in this album arose as it includes the killer dancefloor tune ‘Tornei a caminhar’, an amazing samba funk number. But the general vibe of this solid album is driven by an exquisite and delicate dialogue between the guitar of Sebastião Tapajos and the rhythmic approach provided by Pedro Dos Santos that generates ambiences of unusual beauty and depth. From the personal approach to Jobim’s classic ‘Samba Do Aviao’ to the energetic and fast paced ‘Ganga’, the album opening song, the mysterious beauty of ‘Rio Das Ostras’ to the cinematic moods of ‘Ambush’ (bossa meets action film music?), this “Vol. 2 ”is absolutely wonderful from beginning to end. It is a necessary complement to the much hailed Pedro Dos Santos album “Krishnanda” in the collection of anyone with an interest in the most adventurous sounds of Brazil and also an essential work in the discography of Sebastião Tapajos.

Tracklist:
A1 Ganga
A2 Dora / Saudade Da Bahia
A3 Catedral
A4 Feitiço Da Vila
A5 Laberinto
A6 Escola De Samba
B1 Samba Do Aviao
B2 Feitio De Oraçao
B3 Emboscada
B4 Rio Das Ostras
B5 Tornei A Caminhar
B6 Sambaden