Songs & Choros

Choro is a musical style which first emerged in the 1870s. Literally meaning "a cry," choro may also refer to lilting melodic lines that sound like they are weeping. Somehow the choro evolved into a mix of the happy and the melancholy, as Brazilian street musicians combined serenades with African elements, namely syncopated rhythms, which were gradually played faster over time. On this edition of New Sounds, hear choros and songs from Brazil, including Choro #7, a duo full of rich grooves by pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano with guitar player Romero Lubambo. There’s also music by Brazilian singer/songwriter and musical revolutionary Caetano Veloso, who tackles American popular song on his recent CD, A Foreign Sound. He somehow manages to make popular standards, like “Manhattan,” and “Love For Sale” fresh, new, and unbelievably beautiful in the phrasing and arrangements. Hear selections from Veloso, along with works by Badi Assad with Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie, Sharon Isbin and Thiago de Mello, and more.

PROGRAM #2286, Songs & Choros From Brazil (First aired 5/20/2004)





Wolfgang Lendle

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Complete Guitar Works

Choros Tipico [1:30]

Teldec #44134, out of print.

Caetano Veloso

A Foreign Sound

Cry Me A River [3:30]

Nonesuch #79823***

Sharon Isbin & Thiago De Mello

Journey To The Amazon

Choro Allegre [2:00]

Teldec #19899**

Various artists: Cesar Camargo Mariano & Romero Lubambo

Trama 2003 International Sampler

Choro #7 [5:00]*

Caetano Veloso

A Foreign Sound

Nature Boy [3:30]

See above.

Celso Fonseca


Sem Resposta [2:30]

Six Degrees #1086***

Sergio & Odair Assad

Saga Dos Migrantes

Infancia [4:30]]

Nonesuch #79385***

Larry Coryell, Badi Assad, & John Abercrombie

Three Guitars

Seu Jorge e Dona Ica [6:00]

Chesky #248***

Modern Mandolin Quartet

Pan-American Journeys

Assanhado [4:30]

See above.

Caetano Veloso

A Foreign Sound

Nothing But Flowers [4:30]

See above.

Celso Fonseca


Bom Sinal [5:00]

See above.

Morelenbaum2/ Sakamoto

A Day In New York

Chora Coracao [4:30]

Sony #80018***

Celso Fonseca


Buteco 2 [5:00]

See above.

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