Program #444

Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso first visited the WNYC studio back in 1990 on New Sounds, just after Nonesuch had released his album, “Estrangeiro.” In this “From the Vaults” show, subtitled “Beyond the Bossa Nova,” Veloso talks about how everyone in Brazil has a guitar (and claims that many may play better than he does.) He introduces his songs and performs live, including a special tribute to David Byrne with an arrangement of Byrne's tune, “Nothing But Flowers.” Also, there’s more Brazilian music, mostly by guitarists, including works from Egberto Gismonti, Oscar Castro-Neves, and Toninho Hora with Pat Metheny.

PROGRAM #444 "Beyond the Bossa Nova," with guest Caetano Veloso





Caetano Veloso


"O Estrangeiro" [6:30]

Nonesuch #60898. His other CDs are also available on Nonesuch.


"Branquinha" [2:00]
"Menino do Rio" [3:00]

A version of “Branquinha” appears on “Estrangeiro,” while Menino do Rio can be found on “Personalidade,” Polygram Records 514137, Available at


"Rai Das Cores" [3:00]

See above.


Byrne: "Nothing But Flowers" [3:30]

A version of this song appears on Caetano’s latest CD, “A Foreign Sound” Nonesuch #79823,

Sergio & Odair Assad

Alma Brasiliera

Villa-Lobos: "A lenda do caboclo" [3:30]
Gismonti:"Baiao Malandro" [4:30]

Elektra/Nonesuch #79179,

Egberto Gismonti with Nana Vasconcelos

"Bianca" [6:00]

Shankar: Sankara-banam Pancha Nadai Pallavi [1:30]

ECM #1286

Oscar Castro- Neves

live, New Sounds 3/87

"Cry Your Sadness" [2:30]

Not commercially available.

Toninho Hora (with Pat Metheny)


"Moonstone" [4:00]

Verve/Polygram #839 734. Available at

Sergio & Odair Assad

Alma Brasiliera

"Jobiniana #1" [2:00]

See above.

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