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Garrincha Estrela Solitaria
Various - Garrincha - Estrela Solitaria (The Lonely Star)
(CD) Far Out Recordings FARO147CD, 2010-03-01

Garrincha is a true Brazilian legend, one of the all-time great footballers, revered to this day. Focusing on his zenith, from 1953 to 1962 - during which time he twice inspired Brazil to World Cup glory - this soundtrack is suitably of the period. With beautiful Ipanemas-esque soulful samba sitting alongside carnival batucada, darker cinematic experimentalism, and playful jazz funk, this collection of Leo Gandelman scores mirrors and celebrates Garrincha's amazingly fast paced life; at times glorious, at others a car crash. Garrincha remains so popular in Brazil that he is remembered as Joy of the People. Garrincha is Brazilian football, samba the symbol of the nation's music. 'Lonely Star' is the ultimate tribute to both, continuing Far Out's love affair with Futebol.

This evocative old school samba soundtrack to the acclaimed biopic of maverick, Brazilian football genius Garrincha is the perfect carnival release and looking ahead to World Cup 2010!

Garrincha Estrela Solitaria
Various - Garrincha - Estrela Solitaria (The Lonely Star)
(CD) Far Out Recordings FARO147CD, 2010-03-01

Tracklisting :
01. Abertura
02. Chile
03. Escola
04. Dops
05. Bloco de Rua
06. Bota Jazz
07. Drible de Cadeira
08. Retirada da Urca
09. Samba Fantastico
10. Samba Authentico
11. Futebol na Areia
12. Apito no Samba
13. Samba Latino
14. Decadente Psicodelico
15. Futebol Color
16. Eu to Gravida
17. Despedida do Garrincha
18. Garrincha e Passarinho
19. Hospital
20. Nilton Santos
21. Love Total
22. Iraci
23. Tensao de Garrincha
24. Na Floresta
25. No Chuveiro
26. Abertura (Short version)

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Press Release :
"Garrincha was a phenomenal player. Without him I would never have won three World Cups." Pele

Garrincha is a true Brazilian legend, one of the all-time great footballers, revered to this day. Focusing on his zenith, from 1953 to 1962 - during which time he twice inspired Brazil to World Cup glory - this soundtrack is suitably of the period. With beautiful Ipanemas-esque soulful samba sitting alongside carnival batucada, darker cinematic experimentalism, and playful jazz funk, this collection of Leo Gandelman scores mirrors and celebrates Garrincha's amazingly fast paced life; at times glorious, at others a car crash. Manuel Francisco dos Santos (Garrincha) remains so popular in Brazil that he is remembered as Joy of the People.

This original sound track to 'Estrela Solitaria' was directed, produced and in most cases composed by Leo Gandelman. An icon of the jazz genre as saxophonist and arranger Gandelman has released nine solo albums, seven compilations as well as last year's previously unreleased swinging funk soul Brazilian Groove Band project, recorded in New York in 1999 with American jazz funk legends Grant Green Jr and Reuben Wilson, on Far Out Recordings. Certainly, parts of this score are reminiscent of the heavy soul and jazz funk of BGB but this record goes far deeper.

'Estrela Solitaria' flashes between Garrincha as extravagant and triumphant footballer and his decent towards ruin. In the late '50s and early '60s Garrincha was the most famous man in Brazil, dating and then marrying samba star Elza Soares while leading Brazil and Botofogo to glory on the pitch. The old school samba songs split the soundtrack, ('Samba Fantastico', 'Samba Authentico', 'Samba Latino', 'Apito No Samba') perfectly stirring up the carefree side of Garrincha's life and a deeply atmospheric and timeless Rio. Performed by the Brazilian Saxambistas and in the vein of the Ipanemas, this is Latin music at its most evocative. The rest of the soundtrack was composed especially for The Lonely Star by Gandelman who has captured Garrincha's personality on and off the pitch perfectly: 'Garrincha' is Gandelman's most impressive and significant work.

This collection moves from quirky jazz funk as Garrincha darts around bemused players with his unique dribbling style, in glorious original black and white footage, ('Football Color', 'Retirada da Urca', 'Drible de Cadeira', 'Dops'), in to heavy batucada samba ('Escola', Bloca De Rua') beats of carnival (Garrincha, like many ex-footballers, was paraded as a carnival attraction; the exploitation of a sporting hero heartbreakingly depicted in the film). It's the dark, almost psychedelic jazz (encapsulated by 'Decadente Psicodelico'), which depicts Garrincha's decent in to alcoholism and the money and health problems, which plagued the end of his life (Garrincha died aged just 50). 'Estrela Solitaria' ends with 'Abertura', remembering Garrincha, as Brazil does, in his glorious prime:"Thank you, Garrincha, for having lived."

"I was very happy and really touched to receive the invitation to make Garrincha's movie soundtrack. I'm a great fan of Garrincha as a human being and soccer player. After reading Ruy Castro's book "The lonely Star", that inspired the film, I got further involved. I'm also a big Botafogo fan, the legendary black-and-white-striped soccer team Garrincha was part of for most of his career, and to produce the music to those original shots of the genius of Garrincha, meant a lot for me. Garrincha had an extremely interesting life, but the most important thing is that he was really an improvising artist - "the Coltrane of soccer." I made the music with all my heart and the soundtrack got three major prizes in Brazilian film festivals around the country. I consider this one of the best works I've produced, in the sense I truly enjoyed making it." Leo Gandelman

Garrincha is Brazilian football, samba the symbol of the nation's music. 'Lonely Star' is the ultimate tribute, continuing Far Out's love affair with Futebol to celebrate World Cup & Carnival 2010 and looking ahead to Brazil hosting World Cup 2014.
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