OSMAR MILITO (São Paulo, May 27, 1941)

            Influenced by his brother, eight years older, Hélcio Milito, on seeing him play drums at home, the boy Osmar Amilcar Milito quickly found himself involved in instrumental music and particularly jazz. Still a teenager, he began his piano studies with Professor Armando Moura Lacerda of the State Conservatory of Music of São Paulo. Moving to Rio de Janeiro, he studied piano and music theory with teacher and concertist Wilma Graça.
In 1964, he began his professional career in the trendy Beco das Garrafas (where he played a lot of jazz and bossa nova), accompanying singers like Sylvinha Telles, Leny Andrade and Flora Purim to the piano. In 1967, inaugurated the Canecão, originally conceived as a great brewery.

Soon after, he left for Mexico, in seasons with Octávio Bailly Jr (double bass), Ronnie Mesquita (drums) and singer Leny Andrade, by important nightclubs. The following year, he joined the group that opened in the United States the concerts of Sergio Mendes, in great performances throughout most of the country. With the singers Pery Ribeiro, Gracinha Leporace, the pianist Manfredo Fest in addition to the musicians already mentioned, Bailly and Mesquita, recorded the anthological LPs Bossa Rio (Polydor, 1969), in particular: For Cause of You Girl (Jorge Benjor), The Gentle Rain (Luiz Bonfa, Matt Dubey) and Joy! Bossa Rio (Blue Thumb Records, 1970), worth mentioning: Mustang Blood Color (Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle, Norman Gimbel version), Eleanor Rigby (John Lennon, Paul McCartney).

Back in Brazil, in the early 70's, he inaugurated important nightclubs like the bustling Number One (Ipanema), accompanied by the Quarteto Forma and Márcio Montarroyos (trumpet), and where Djavan, Maria Alcina, Novos Baianos, "Memorable from Astor Piazzolla, Ella Fitzgerald, Jacques Klein, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Sergio Mendes, citing just a few. In the year 1971, already enshrined in the effervescent instrumental music recorded the emblematic Osmar Milito: and let the clock walk! (Free Sound label), with the vocal participation of the already mentioned Quarteto Forma, Pascoal Meirelles (drums), Sebastião Barros (bass) complementing his trio, besides Altamiro Carrilho (flute), Marcos Valle (piano), among other presences. Citing only a few pearls: Garra (Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle), Raining in the Rose (Tom Jobim), What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life (Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman), João Belo (author). The disc was released simultaneously in Japan and Europe.

With an irreplaceable repertoire, Osmar Milito returned to the music market with Nem Paletó, Nem Gravata (Continental, 1973), including vocal of the Number One Quartet, in tracks like: Sooner Or Later (co-writing by Lilian Knapp), Nem Paletó Nem Tie Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle), Has Dendê (Reginaldo Bessa, Nei Lopes), Chiclete Com Banana (Gordurinha, Almira Castilho), and more. The following year, also by the Continental record company, the Osmar Milito: Viagem CD, in creative arrangements that convey the melodic beauty of Mulher Rendeira (Zé do Norte), Sangue Latino (João Ricardo, Paulinho Mendonça), Que Maravilha (Jorge Benjor, Toquinho ), General Planalto (autoral), Eu Bebo Sim (Luiz Antonio, João do Violão), in a profusion of sounds and rhythms by the stars Chico Batera, Luiz Claudio (guitar and guitar), Luizão (bass), among others. In that same year, the pianist, who has also worked successfully on soundtracks for TV soap operas, edited by Livre Livre the Osmar Milito's On the Trail: Success stories in soap operas, in which he commands the interpretations of his groups in : Gameleira "As Moças" (by Antônio Carlos and Jocafi) with Trama, Mandato (coautoria of Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle), O Bofe (by Erasmo Carlos, Roberto Carlos) these with the Quarteto Form, Vou To Shoot (by Caesar Costa Filho, Walter Queiroz) with the Number One Quartet.

For the cinema, with his set interpreted the songs (of Marcos and Paulo Sérgio Valle) in the second episode of the comedy Lua de Mel & Amendoim (by Pedro Carlos Roval, 1971) and in 1973 signed the soundtrack for the movie Divorce À Brasileira and in the 1st episode of Como É Boa Boa O Nossa Maia (both from Ismar Porto). Already in 1978, Osmar Milito celebrated some of the most constant composers in his repertoire with the sophisticated LP Ligia (Continental label), interpreting What Will Be "To Flor da Pele" (Chico Buarque), Jodel (João Donato, Patrícia Del Sasser), Swallow and evidently the track that gives name to the disc, those of Tom Jobim. Among the musicians are: Sérgio Barroso (bass), Nelson Serra (drums), Lincoln Olivetti (oberheimer), Maurício Einhorn (harmonic).

Milito's talent also came to the theater when, in 1983, he premiered in João Caetano / RJ, with great success, the musical Evita (directed by Maurício Sherman), acting as a pianist and assisting in the vocal interventions of the actors Carlos Augusto Strazzer (Che Guevara), Mauro Mendonça (Perón) and the singer Cláudia (Eva Perón), in their greatest success of public and criticism. At that time, he accompanied with his trio, renowned jazz singer Mark Murphy (deceased in 2015) with performances in Rio and São Paulo.

From 1986 until 1995, he began to perform at the country club in Ipanema. Still in the 90's, he performed until his closing in 2016, initially, alongside drummer José Boto (currently residing in Paris) and bassist Sérgio Barroso, and from 2000 with Rafael Barata (drums) and Augusto Matoso (bass) in the Legendary Fine Mix of the Lagoon (former Mix Up of Ipanema), where they performed notable jazz, such as Stanley Jordan and Michel Legrand.
In 2003, recording live with friends, with participation of the already mentioned Pascoal Meirelles and Augusto Matoso, originated the CD Dream of Place (Independente), with records of Carinhoso (Pixinguinha, João de Barro), Sem Você (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), Offering (Luiz Eça, Lenita Eça), Carnival Morning (Luiz Bonfá, Antônio Maria), Dream of Place (Marcos Valle, Paulo Sérgio Valle). The following year, in a new independent production, Osmar Milito released the CD Aos Amigos Tudo (cover of the cartoonist Chico Caruso), a simple and special tribute to important people in his musical career, over 40 years. Accompanied by Augusto Matoso (bass) and Rafael Barata (drums), totally authorial, it is worth mentioning, among others: Gafieira Esperta, Eloisa, Boni On 17 Mile Drive, Forró Brabo, Muito Querer.
In 2009, the CD Osmar Milito Trio: Samba Jazz, repeated the dose of the previous formation, interpreting 24 songs of the bossanovista miner Pacific Mascarenhas (producer of the album), among the pearls: It started of Play, For Emily, Belo Horizonte That I Like. Her latest work Unexpected: Indiana Nomma + Osmar Milito (Fina Flor label, 2015), of exquisite repertoire, accompanying (besides the arrangements) the excellent singer among jazz standards such as Caravan (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol), You've Changed (Carl Fischer, Bill Carey), and national classics Insensatez (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), Sabiá (Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque), and instrumental Hélcio "Don Pascoale" Milito, dedicated to the beloved brother, deceased In 2014. The album also features special guests Alex Rocha, Augusto Matoso, Sérgio Barroso (bass) and Rafael Barata (drums).

Osmar Milito, one of the most important names of Brazilian instrumental music, respected and internationally admired, inspired composer, with remarkable arrangements linking jazz with samba and other national rhythms, with perfect technique, continues in full activity, acting tirelessly in constant performances in the pleasant Grand Prix Piano Bar of Hotel Novo Mundo (Flamengo), accompanied by friends of so many days Sérgio Barroso and Pascoal Meirelles, with vocals by Leila Maria and Indiana Nomma, as well as the piano bar Tom do Leblon (where the legendary Antonio's worked) receiving Bossa nova and jazz artists, such as Patricia Alvi, Marcos Valle, Thais Motta, among others.


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