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“Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” (The Corcovada mountains of Rio de Janeiro)
Quiet nights of quiet stars
Quiet chords from my guitar
Floating on the silence that surrounds us
Quiet thoughts and quiet dreams
Quiet walks by quiet streams
And a window that looks out on Corcovado
Oh, how lovely
Quero a vida sempre assim (I want life to always be like this.)
Com vocé perto de mim (With you right next to me)
Até o apagar da velha chama. (’till the love ends.)
E eu que era triste (And I who was sad)
Descrente deste mundo (Having lost faith in this world)
Ao encontra você eu conheci (I found you and then I knew)
O que é felicidade, meu amor (what happiness is, my love )
This is where I want to be
Here with you so close to me
Until the final flicker of life’s ember.
I who was lost and lonely believing life was only
A bitter tragic joke, have found with you,
The meaning of existence, oh my love
Corvocado: It’s a love song, not a travel advert. Which is a shame, because it would make a very impressive travel advert.
Roy Ayers, vibes; Jack Wilson, piano; Al McKibbon, bass; Nick Martinis, drums; recorded Los Angeles, CA, February 6, 1963; engineer Richard Bock
A1 Corcovado (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 4:41
A2 Jackleg 2:29
A3 Blues We Use 6:24
A4 Harbor Freeway 2:55
B1 De Critifeux 5:56
B2 Nirvana & Dana 12:46
Vinyl: London Atlantic HAK 8170, released the following year in 1964
Decca’s vintage London label varied between the crimson/silver London American label, and specific label tie-ups, one of which was London Atlantic. At the end of the day they were all mastered from copy tape by Decca at New Malden. British engineering was a high standard, despite the drop of one tape generation from the original, respectable editions, always strong. Our friends across the pond are fortunate to have better access to originals.
Roy Ayers, Montreux, 1971; Al McKibbon, New Victoria Theatre, London, 1971 Remarkable portrait of Ayers, that bead of sweat! Nice one, Harry.
Photo Credits: Harry M
I chanced on this in a London store, condition VG, and as a big Jack Wilson fan, took it out of interest. All Music awarded it just three stars out of five, arguably on the generous side. Pondering which track to select, my mind was made up by this unequivocal recommendation by someone called “Rockwell”.
Quite a pleasant romantic melody, but crossed with Flight Of The Bumble Bee speed breaks. Surplus to requirements drum solo.
Nirvana & Dana
Uncomfortable key changes. After a while the arpeggio-fatigue kicks in, Roy Ayers is a welcome break. Drum solo follows, gentle mood change at 7:46, one of the better moments.