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Grupo Afro Cuba Havana: En Iloro Mi Nankwe
From: Afro Cuban Jazz (Plane, 1979)

Milton Nascimento: Tres Pontas
From: Courage (A&M, 1969)

Jorge Ben: Oba, La Vem Ela
From: Forca Bruta (Philips, 1970)

Airto Moreira Ft. Flora Purim & Joe Farrell: Treme Terra (Comp. by Airto Moreira, Tião Neto & Flora Purim)
From: Three-Way Mirror (Reference, 1987)

I first discovered Milton Nascimento at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington Va. 22201 back in the mid-90’s. I was working part-time as a teacher’s-assistant at the YMCA Child Care Development Center, a preschool, and Central Library was within walking distance.
I prosaically borrowed albums, CD formatted, by unbeknownst artist and serendipitously checked-out one of Milton’s albums. My first listen through my last, spanning at least 12 years, have always been with delectation.

Shiftlessly paraphrased from allmusic:

Milton Nascimento was born in Rio. Nascimento’s White adoptive parents brought him to Tres Pontas, a small town in the state of Minas Gerais, when he was two. His mother sang in a choir and at local music festivals, often accompanied by Milton. Nascimento's father was an electronics tinkerer, math teacher, and tersely ran a local radio station where a young Milton sporadically worked as a DJ. He later began singing as a teenager. When he was 19, Nascimento moved to the capital Belo Horizonte and began singing wherever and whenever the occasion afforded. MN finally caught a break when the pop singer Elis Regina recorded one of his songs, "Canção do Sal," in 1966. Regina got him a showcase on a popular Brazilian TV program, and after performing at Brazil's International Song Festival the following year, his career was launched.
Courage is Milton Nascimento's first album for North American ears, recorded at Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey under the watchful eye and discerning ear of Creed Taylor, is a masterpiece, a gorgeously executed tour through his early songs. Backed beautifully by Eumir Deodato's lush orchestrations and a clutch of sidemen from the Taylor stable (including Herbie Hancock, Airto Moreira, and Hubert Laws).
Courage finds Nascimento at a time before tropicalismo, when he latched onto the tail end of the bossa nova movement and quickly became one of its most inspired performers and songwriters.

Out of respect for Reynaldo Ojeda* pull up a prosthetic fork-shaped abutment and let the music galvanize you to enthrallment.

*According to Shades of Blue the artists featured in the latter YouTube video are Reynaldo Ojeda and Claudia Lopez of Bogotá, Colombia

*In honor of Reynaldo Ojeda: Amputee Art


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