Roberto Coura e Conjunto – Bailes Memoraveis (1965)

Astor ALP-015

The only (?) album by organ player Roberto Coura and his conjunto as a premiere on Parallel Realities.
As much as I try, I can’t restrain from expressing my impression after listening to this album countless times ever since I unpacked it from the package received from Pedro & 300discos:

It is simply fascinating!

If you think that the main reason for this exaltation is the newly discovered cantora Maristela, you are right. But it is not only her superb voice and way of singing but also the conjunto’s backing with beautiful, discrete conversations between Roberto‘s organ and Dante‘s violin, for example on the San Remo flaired Al Di La or on the spectacular Busto Calado

Needless to say that I started an immediate search for more by Maristela and Roberto Coura, with, unfortunately, thin results: A Maristela (if that is the same one) has 1953 sung on one track of Eu Sou O Baião – Seleções de Humerto Teixeira, while Roberto Coura has recorded an album called Vamos Ao Baile for Golden Records, but it turned out to be a re-edition of the album presented here.

Now the usual question in such cases:

Does anyone have more information?

While shrugging your shoulders in ignorance, read the list of musicians:

Roberto Coura: Órgão 
Waldir: Pistom 
Mineirinho: Sax tenor 
Dante: Violino, Saxofone, Clarinete 
Wilson: Ritmo 
Clodoaldo: Violão 
Argento: Bateria 
Corvino: Trombone 
Nefe: Contrabaixo 
Maristela: Crooner

While waiting for somebody else to tell us more, enjoy:

01. Tema Para Dois (Nazário Cordeiro / Damásio José)
02. Scapricciatiello (Pacifico Vento / Ferdinando Albano) com Maristela
03. Canção Irlandeza (Fritz Kreisler)
04. Mala (Oscar Kinleiner) com Maristela
05. Um Chorinho na Broadway (Roberto Coura)
06. My Prayer (Mi Oración) (Georges Boulanger)
07. Chopin’s (Frédéric Chopin)
08. Al Di La (Mogol / Carlo Donida) com Maristela
09. Doce de Coco (Jacob do Bandolim)
10. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (Paul Francis Webster / Sammy Fain)
11. Peter Gunn (Henry Mancini)
12. Busto Calado (Rubens Silva / Orlando Costa “Maestro Cipó”) com Maristela
 
DANTE’S BEATRICE

Créditos: Pedro & 300discos  

EDIT by Milan Filipović:
Roberto Coura recorded at least one more album beside the one presented here: Melodias Imortais, released at an unknown date, containing 12 track.