Red Clay Trio w/Eric Mellan:
The Red Clay trio consists of myself, Tess RedMoon on Flute and Vocals, Kathy M Frank on drums, and Ken Barry on bass. In this concert we are joined by Eric Mellan on guitar.
Luis Bonfa’s tune Black Orpheus – or Manha de Carnaval:
This tune, Black Orpheus, or as it’s known by it’s original title – Manha de Carnaval is written by Luis Bonfa. It is one of my favorites and has been on my tune list for longer than I can remember.
Luis Bonfa worked with several American Jazz greats such as Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, George Benson, Frank Sinatra, and even Elvis Presley sang one of his songs – “Almost in Love”
The movie Black Orpheus:
This song was written for the movie “Black Orpheus” or “Orfeu Negro” . The movie is an adaptation of the Greek myth of “Orpheus and Eurydice” as reimagined in the modern context of a “favela” in Rio De Janeiro. The film was made in Brazil in 1959 by the French movie director, Marcel Camus.
I saw the film ~ it was a sweetly poignant romantic tragedy. I loved it!
Bossa Nova in the world:
This version opens with an extended rubato flute solo:
In this version, I open the piece with an extended, rubato flute solo to set the tone. Then I bring in the rest of the band with a foot tapping samba rhythm. We take turns on the solos with Eric adding a particularly cool tone on his guitar! To me it sounds like he added a tropical steel drum sound to his guitar – awesome sauce!
This tune is primarily in A minor with some cool twists, especially in the “B” section. The ending brings the tune to a poignant end, with a figure that, to me, represents longing and desire.
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