Dinner Music: Orlann Divo
Brazilian bossa and samba lounge sounds from the '60s
Orlann Divo, or Orlandivo, was a Brazilian composer, singer and percussionist in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Divo was born in Santa Catarina, a southern state of Brazil, and moved to Rio de Janeiro in the ‘50s to be a percussionist for Ed Lincoln, a foundational figure in the Brazilian jazz scene. Throughout the next two decades, Divo released a handful of solo works, primarily rooted in Samba, Bossa Nova and uptempo jazz. His work, particularly his later work, was a bit overlooked, but crate-diggers in the ‘00s began unearthing the albums and reviving the sounds across the globe.
Samba Em Paralelo, Divo’s second album, was released in 1965. The album is quintessentially bossa, with upbeat horns, rhythmic drums, punchy vocals and funky keys. It begins with Paralelo, a sunshine-ready track that brings to mind Rio beaches in the summertime. At the apex, we have Beleza Nao Vai Embora that starts heavy with the keys and carries us through on a swaying, lush melody. The sounds are smoky, velvet lounge notes that are meant for beach going, or at least dreaming of it.
Samba Em Paralelo - Orlann Divo*:
*Not available on Tidal
Pair this album with:
Grenache Blanc Orange. Partida Creus is one of my favorite Spanish winemakers and consistently make drinkable, delicious, light wine. This Orange wine is a little bit funky, but mostly very crisp and creamy.
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