Album of the week 10-14 February
Seu Jorge & Rogê – Seu Jorge & Rogê Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions [Night Dreamer] Our album of the week is Seu Jorge and Rogê Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions out on Night Dreamer on the 7th of February. This is the first time the duo have recorded an album together, consummating 25 years of friendship…
Seu Jorge & Rogê – Seu Jorge & Rogê Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions [Night Dreamer]
Our album of the week is Seu Jorge and Rogê Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions out on Night Dreamer on the 7th of February.
This is the first time the duo have recorded an album together, consummating 25 years of friendship and brotherhood that started back in Rio De Janeirio in the 1990s. Jorge & Rogê both sing and play guitar alongside two exceptional percussionists, Peu Meurray and Pretinho da Serrinha. Seu Jorge and Rogê’s graceful, stirring songwriting mirrors the quality and strength of their friendship, and evokes the legends of Brazilian music before them, such as Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil and Jorge Ben.
The technique used at the recording in the Artone Studios, in Haarlem, outside Amsterdam gave the Brazilians a chance to express themselves in a way that especially frames this event: the one-take method of direct-to-disc recording eschews the interference of any post-production process (such as overdubbing or multitracking) allowing them to show that trust and gifted musicianship is as paramount as skill and discipline when recording this way. A celebration of bonding, connectivity and ability, is embellished in one single take.
Breaking into the international limelight with an acting role in Wes Anderson’s A Life Aquatic, Seu Jorge captivated audiences; strumming plaintive, Portuguese-language covers of David Bowie classics. With the release of the film’s soundtrack, major label deals and album releases for dedicated Brazilian music imprints such as Mr Bongo and Now-Again, Seu Jorge made an indelible mark on the musical map and is oft-cited for revitalising Brazilian popular music across the globe.
From his beginnings in the favelas of Belford-Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Seu Jorge’s musical journey started in his late teens; he taught himself guitar for three years before being hired, in 1993, as an actor and musician with Tuerj, a theatrical troupe sponsored by the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. This led him to front the major label-signed Farofa Carioca and spearheading the modern samba revival.
Throughout all of this, Seu Jorge kept a close friendship with Rogê. A songwriter, composer and musician in his own right, carioca singer Rogê has received a prestigious Latin Grammy nomination and collaborated with samba legend, Arlindo Cruz. With seven albums to his name, Rogê is also considered to be a principal part of the Brazilian popular music scene revival (MPB), along with his friend, Seu Jorge. They have both performed together several times, notably at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro for the 2000 New Year’s Eve celebration, and his group 4 Cabeça have won the illustrious Brazilian Music Award’ in the ‘Best MPB Group’ category.
Over the years, they have built an archive of unrealised songs, sketches and ideas, some of which lay the foundations of this session: the song Caminhão was conceived by the pair in a Rio bar, some 25 years ago. The album is deeply symbolic of their bond and of their roots, reflected especially in the intimate Pra Você Amigo which translates simply and poignantly as For You, Friend. Their vocal exchange on A Força or The Force references the Afro-Brazilian religious tradition of Candomblé (a belief that “does not include the duality of a concept of good opposed to evil”, rather a realisation of destiny is the path towards spiritual fulfillment) which focuses on music and dance during ceremony. This again serves as a metaphor for their connection; a deep and spiritual kinship.
This is an album with its roots firmly in the heart of Rio de Janeiro; the city where they have spent most of their lives. It’s been part of their connection, working on material together throughout the stages of their careers. They share an ambition “to create a classic Brazilian record” and through this simple and unrefined recording, their aspiration has been realised.
2. A Força
3. Meu Brasil
4. Pra Você, Amigo
6. Vem Me Salvar
7. Onda Carioca