Welcome To Sambaland (1973)

Tapecar LPX.16

A first glance at the cover of this album clearly shows that it was released mainly as a welcome to visitors from abroad.

A second glance shows that neither on the front, nor the back cover there is the name of the conjunto, neither the name of the conjunto leader.

A third glance, now on the inside cover displays several photographs of some of Rio’s attractions, and a welcome text in several languages.

The right side of the inside cover gives also the list of all the renowned musicians (12 of them + Coral de Joab) as well as the instruments they are playing. It also shows that  José Menezes has done the arrangements, yet it does not point him out as leader.

On the left side of the inside cover there is a night photograph of Corcovado and a text about Rio signed by Fernando de Araujo Neves.

So who has united these twelve fine musicians? And who it their leader?

Zé Bodega – Saxofone
Maciel – Trombone
Canuto – Pistom
Sergio Barroso – Baixo
José Menezes – Guitarra, Cavaquinho
Jorge Menezes – Violão
Wilson das Neves – Bateria
Hermes Contesini, Hariovaldo Contesini, Walter Filho, Papão e Cláudio Menezes – Ritmo 
Coral de Joab

What is beyond any question is that the compositions performed are:

01. Sou do Rio (William Luna / Ararypê)
02. Aquarela do Brasil (Ary Barroso)
03. Rio Carnaval dos Carnavais (Padeirinho / Nilton Russo / Moacir)
04. Ensaio Geral (William Luna)
05. Fantasia Carioca (Alcyr Pires Vermelho / Osvaldo Santiago)
06. Valsa de Uma Cidade (Ismael Netto / Antônio Maria)
07. Brasil Pandeiro (Assis Valente)
08. Bem Carioca (William Luna / Luis Bittencourt)
09. Descendo o Morro (Adpt. José Xavier)
10. Cidade Maravilhosa (André Filho)


Créditos: Pedro & 300 discos

Zé Maria e Seu Conjunto – Chá-chá-chá & Companhia (1961)


Tiger LP TR-006

As you might have guessed, here is another album by Zé Maria from 1961, sent to us by Anonymous & 300 discos.

This album was released also for Albatroz with another title: Dance com Zé Maria. The covers for this other release are also included in the package.

300 discos. called my attention to a handwritten text on the back cover in the accompanying mail:

“By the way, have you seen the “Chá-chá-chá & cia back cover? It has an inscription from Papão. It is difficult to decipher what is written, but I think he dedicates the album to someone (his father?) as his first recorded album. Papão was a famous percussionist that recorded with a lot of brazilian stars such as Beth Carvalho, Bezerra da Silva, Chico Buarque, Edu Lobo, Helena de Lima, Luiz Gonzaga, Martinho da Vila and Miltinho, among others. He was also with the famous “Conjunto 7 de Ouros” : http://orfaosdoloronix.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/conjunto-7-de-ouros-impacto-1964/ .
Now we can see that his debut album was with Zé Maria! More about Papão can be found here: http://discosmusicaeinformacao.blogspot.com.br/2012/02/papao-bateria-e-ritmo.html . They do not quote “Cha-cha-cha & cia” as an album with Papão participation.”

Now I would like to add that Memória Musical does credit Papão.
The list of participants, beside Zé Maria is copied from Memória Musical 
and pasted here:


Jorge (Bateria)

Enjoy Papão‘s participation in these tracks:

01. La Classe de Chá-chá-chá (Ramon Marquez / Sergio Marmolejo)
02. Misty (Errol Garner / Johnny Burke)
03. Yes Sir, That’s My Baby (Donaldson / Kahn)
04. Blues Noturne (Zé Maria)
05. My Baby Is Helen (Helinho)
06. Céu e Mar (Johnny Alf)
07. I Got Rhythm (George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin)
08. Lago dos Cisnes (Tchaikovsky)
09. I Could Write A Book (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart)
10. O Sole Mio (Eduardo Di Capua / Giovanni Capurro)
11. Samba de Uma Nota Só (Tom Jobim / Newton Mendonça)
12. Mambo Azul (P. Castillo)


Créditos: Anonymous / 300 discos