Djalma "Bola Sete" DeAndrade

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The Solo Guitar (1965), 7/10
Ocean (1972), 7/10
Shambhala Moon (1982), 7/10

Far more original than the bossanova was the synthesis offered by black guitarist Djalma "Bola Sete" DeAndrade, who blended samba, jazz, American folk music and European classical music in effortless improvisations. After debuting in Brazil with Aqui Esta o Bola Sete (1957), Travessuras do Bola Sete (1958), Bola Sete e Quatro Trombones (1958), Ritmolandia (1958), Bola Sete em Hi-Fi (1958), he moved to San Francisco in 1959 and released a deluge of albums, frequently in collaboration with jazz musicians: Bahia Ai Ai (1959), E A Bola Da Vez (1960), O Extraordinario Bola Sete (1961), Bossa Nova (1962), Tour de Force (1964), From All Sides (1964), The Solo Guitar (1965), perhaps his best, The Incomparable Bola Sete (1965), featuring Johnny Rae on percussion and Paul Horn on flute, the inferior Autentico (1966), Shebaba (1969). His march 1972 opus Ocean was only released in 1975 (by his fan John Fahey), and its follow-up Ocean II (the rest of the 1972 sessions) only in 1981. Both are collected on Ocean Memories (Samba Moon, 1999). Subsequent albums include Working on a Groovy Thing (1976), the exceptional, new age tour de force Shambhala Moon (1982), Jungle Suite (1985).

Bola Sete died of cancer in february 1987. Before dying he had prepared the pieces for the new album, Windspell (2008).

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