LUIZ EÇA (Rio de Janeiro, April 3, 1936 - Rio de Janeiro, May 24, 1992)

            After winning, at the age of four, a toy piano, Luiz Mainzi da Cunha began to take an interest in his touch, and as a teenager, he began to study piano techniques from French and Russian schools with a friend of his parents. In 1954, he performed with the famous guitar player Aníbal Augusto Sardinha (Garoto) at a Monte Líbano Club ball, and was invited to participate in his choro wheels at a site in Areal (RJ), also frequented by Radamés Gnattali and Chiquinho The Accordion, among others.

The following year, he began performing on the nights of the Plaza nightclub in Copacabana, replacing the composer Johnny Alf (who moved to São Paulo) in the trio, complemented by Eduardo "Ed" Lincoln (bass) and Paulo Ney (guitar) . With this formation recorded the first LP One night in the Plaza (seal Radio, 1955), with inclusion of its composition Melancolia. Next, it gained a pockets to study in Vienna, where it did not adapt to the academic environment of the Conservatory, however it makes friendship and learns Very much with the pianist and composer Friedrich Gulda, local highlight in the classic and jazz medium.
After returning to Brazil, he participated in the historical shows of the emerging Bossa Nova band: in the auditorium of the Hebrew University Group, in Flamengo (1958), in the National Architecture Faculty: 1st Session Samba Festival on Red Beach (1959), Naval School in the center of Rio de Janeiro (1959), with the American flutist Herbie Mann in PUC / RJ (1959), in the Faculty of Architecture: The night of the smile and the flower (1960). Among the participants were the young Chico Feitosa, Sylvia Telles, Roberto Menescal, Nara Leão, Normando Santos, Carlos Lyra, the brothers Castro Neves, Luiz Carlos Vinhas, Bebeto Castilho, Hélcio Milito, Tião Netto, Alaíde Costa, Dulce Nunes and many others. others.
The following year, piano and trombone meet in the exquisite Luiz Eça & Astor: each one better! (Odeon label) in irredevable tracks: as It's Only Luxury (Moyblow, Will Hudson, Eddie de Lange, Irving Mills), New Illusion (Luiz Bittencourt, José Menezes), Always (Irving Berlin). With Bebeto Castilho (flute, sax, bass and vocals), Hélcio Milito (drums), he formed Tamba Trio, a pioneering group of vibrant and complex instrumental music with jazzy phrasing, mixing the popular with the classic. After the official debut in 1962 at the Bottle's nightclub, located in the cult of Beco das Garrafas, the historic LP Tamba Trio (Philips label) was released, with bewildering readings for Batida Diferente (Durval Ferreira, Mauricio Einhorn), Influence of Jazz (Carlos Lyra) , My Sweetheart (João Donato, João Gilberto), Ah! If I Could (Roberto Menescal, Ronaldo Bôscoli). Unmissable!
Still in the 60s, the record company Philips were published, always with a good repertoire: Avanço (1963), Mas Que Nada (Jorge Benjor), Samba da Minha Terra (Dorival Caymmi), Tristeza dos Nós Dois (Durval Ferreira, Maurício Einhorn, Bebeto); Tempo (1964), Pregão (Sérgio Ricardo, Carlos Diegues), Amor Em Paz (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), Continuous Moto (Radamés Gnattali); Tamba Trio (1966), with Rubem Ohana, replacing Hélcio Milito on drums: Caetano Veloso, Procession (Gilberto Gil), Tristeza (Haroldo Lobo, Niltinho); Tamba Trio (1968), Ipanema Girl (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), Berimbau (Baden Powell, Vinicius de Moraes), Desafinado (Tom Jobim, Newton Mendonça). It is also worth noting the participation of Tamba Trio in all the tracks of the LP A Música de Edu Lobo By Edu Lobo (Cast, 1967), a landmark in the career of the winner of the 1st Festival of Brazilian Popular Music of TV Excelsior, that year, Valued by the arrangements of Luiz Eça for the champion Arrastão (co-author of Vinicius de Moraes), and other compositions.
In 1972, a memorable Luiz Eça concert was recorded live at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM / RJ), accompanied by the late saxophonist Victor Assis Brasil (died in 1981). In instigating and unusual readings they presented Samba de Una Nota Só (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), The Man I Love (Gershwin), Maracangalha (Dorival Caymmi), Travessia (Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant). The disc was only released in 1993, after the death of Luiz Eça (CD, stamp Image). Still in 1972, with the Villa-Lobos Quintet, LP Vanguarda selo (Odeon), orchestrations and regency of Luiz Eça were released in beautiful compositions: Cais (Milton Nascimento, Ronaldo Bastos), Viola Enluarada (Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle) , Rhythmic I (author), and others.
In a stage of great creativity, Tamba Trio debuted on RCA Victor, with two daring albums, the return of Hélcio Milito and renewing of sonorities and repertoires: Tamba (1974), Não Tem Pardon (Ivan Lins, Ronaldo Monteiro de Souza), Mestre Bimba (Bebeto, Eça, Milito), To Machucar My Heart (Ary Barroso); And Tamba Trio (1975), Three Hours Morning (Ivan Lins, Waldemar Correia), Visgo de Jaca (Rildo Hora, Sérgio Cabral), Kiss Party (Toninho Horta). A true avant-garde show, serving the quality of Brazilian popular music.
With the end of the group, Luiz Eça played in the legendary Chiko's Bar (from the Spanish businessman Francisco Recarey), a meeting point of celebrities or anonymous nightclubs with trendy intimate shows, which gave rise to the album Uma Noite No Chiko's Bar (Som Livre, 1984), in which Luiz Eça plays the piano, with João Alves (drums) and Luiz Alves (bass), Dolphin and Chiko's Blues (both of his own), along with Nana Caymmi in Déjame Ir (Chico Novarro, Mike Ribas) , I Know That I Will Love You (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), Rua Deserta (Dorival Caymmi, Carlos Guinle). That same year, he released the LP Luis Eça (Carmo label), totally autoral (Reflexus, Prelude ...), with Robertinho Silva on drums.
In 1986, he recorded with the singer Pery Ribeiro the excellent LP Pra Tanto Viver (Continental label), which brings together national classics like Cause of You (Tom Jobim, Dolores Duran), Curare (Bororó) and Pra Tanto Viver Ribeiro) with the participation of Raphael Rabello (guitar), Wilson das Neves (drums), Zeca Assumpção (bass), and others. By the Nestlé Foundation of Culture, edited as a gift, Luiz Eça and violinist Jerzy Milewski performed the LP Dois Suítes Instrumental (Independente, 1988), authored by the pianist.
His last work recorded in 1991, Luiz Eça Trio (released after his death, only in 1995 by the label Velas) was dedicated to the great composer of the Pacific Pacifico Mascarenhas, with beautiful songs shaped by his surrounding piano, accompanied by Luiz Alves (bass) and Ricardo Coast (battery). These include, but are not limited to, How Long, Can It Be, The Game, My Ex-Girlfriend. In 2002, the label Biscoito Fino and Fernanda Quinderé (actress, director and playwright, writer, childhood friend, partner and wife of Luiz Eça) promoted, with the expressive title Luiz Eça: Reencontro, the just and timely celebration of the incomparable work Of one of the greatest Brazilian pianists, of international renown, whose genius goes beyond any concept. It is exciting to hear the interpretations of musicians who have lived with his talent and generosity, such as Gilson Peranzzetta (Melancolia, with Ronaldo Bôscoli), Wagner Tiso (Offering with Lenita Eça), Ivan Lins, Leny Andrade and Delia Fischer (Three Minutes For An Important Notice with Novelli), Nelson Ângelo (Reflexes), and Chico Adnet (Reencontro), these in partnership with Fernanda Quinderé. A reunion of love, admiration and respect that has become eternal! A new tribute was made in 2004 by maestro and composer Michel Legrand at the piano (friend and deep musical affinity), in a project signed by Mário Adnet and Fernanda Quinderé's participation for the Biscoito Fino label, presence of invited musicians, for beautiful bands like Joy of Living (Luiz Eça) with Sérgio Barroso (bass guitar), Kiko Freitas (drums) and Mário Adnet (guitar), Semper Sera (coautoria de Bebeto) with Jacques Morelenbau (cello) and Marcos Nimrichter (accordion) Febronio, a rare record made with four hands, when Eça and Legrand performed in old times at the Maksoud Plaza / São Paulo hotel. A masterpiece worthy of the universality of the immortal Luiz Eça.


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