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Twelve Tracks Display The Richness of Baden Powell's Unaccompanied Guitar!
The acoustic guitar shares the same destiny as so many music companies: almost
all of them dabble with the six strings at some point, many attempt to play
entertaining harmonic roulette with it, but only a few really make the grade.
Baden Powell belongs to the small circle of guitarists whose early virtuosity is
perfectly combined with a keen sense of harmony. Powell demonstrates this
special talent in his slow numbers in particular, in which broken chords are
developed like a bud opening out to a blossom. He guides the listener cautiously
through his melodies in that he makes a tiny pause before a harmonic change.
Full timbre and lightness are not a question of what is written down on the
manuscript but result from a powerful performance, as is shown by the totally
un-Brazilian, gentle major-minor key version of the children’s song "Kommt Ein
Naturally, the wonderfully crafted, animated and bouncy bossas flow along
easily. As befits the album’s title, the guitar is in the limelight here, driven
on, held back, and then propelled forward by the rhythm group. The ballad "Se
Todos Fossem Iguais A Voce" is strongly recommended to whet your appetite for
the bossa "Na Gafieira Do Vidigal".
"Around the time he was recording this LP, Baden married for the fourth time.
He'd just finished a long and strenuous European tour and he'd spent a good part
of his bread for daily, often hour-long telephone calls to Rio - calls to
Marcia. Finally, two days after this record was in the can, the 17-year old
Marcia's plane came in for a landing at Paris' Orly Field on a rainy, foggy
December day. At the last minute the plane revved its motors and kept going -
diverted to London because of weather. Baden stood at the airport, tears running
down his face, fifty red roses in his hand, and said "This is the saddest hour
of my life." That evening he was in no condition to play his scheduled concert,
even though he knew Marcia would be arriving the next day from London by
train...We now have 26 albums by Baden, but on none of them is he so "alone" in
the literal and figurative sense of this word. This record is loneliness,
it's solitude that is the mood. And it shows the richness of his
unaccompanied guitar, which rightfully can be compared - as Don DeMichael has
done - with that of a full orchestra." - from liner notes by Joachim E.
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Baden Powell, arranger, guitar, vocals
Joaquim Paes Henriques, drums (2,5,7)
Eberhard Weber, bass (4,10)
1. Introduçao ao poema dos olhos da amada (A Poem on the Eyes of Lovers)
3. Se todos fossem iguais a você (If Everyone Were Like You)
4. Marcia, eu te amo (Marcia, I Love You)
5. Na gafieira do vidigal (The Dancehall of Vidigal)
6. Komnt ein vogel geflogen (A Bird Comes Flying)
7. Fim da linha (End of the line)
8. The shadow of your smile (from the Sandpiper)
11. Por causa de voce (Because of You)
12. Solitário (The Lonely One)
Recording: December 1971 by Torsten Wintermeir at Studio Walldorf, Germany
Production: Joachim Ernst Berendt