Bahian (or Brazilian?) of the century

A few weeks ago, Brazil lost one of its giants. The man who immoralized the northeastern state of Bahia and played spiritual and musical father or grandfather to every prominent musician there, from Joao Gilberto to the tropicalistas to Carlinhos Brown, died on August 16.

The New York Times obituary.

On August 27, his wife since 1939 died as well. She was a young singer called Stella Maris when they met, and it was her decline into a coma that is said to have robbed the 94 year old Dorival of his last will to live.

If you'd like to hear Dorival in his prime, I recommend the album "Caymmi e o seu Violao" from 1959. Not easy to find on CD, but worth hunting for!

Here's a sample of a track from that album that appears on a recent compilation.

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