K-XIMBINHO
(Taipu / RN, January 20, 1907 - Rio de Janeiro, June 26, 1980)

            As a child, Sebastião Barros became interested in music. While attending the rehearsals of the local band, soon began the studies of clarinet and solfege. He moved with his family to Natal, and came to participate with a requinte (small clarinet) of a group of secondary students, the "Pan Jazz", in addition to playing saxophone integrating the band, during the military service. In 1938, in João Pessoa, he joined the Tabajara Orchestra (already directed by Severino Araújo), where he remained until 1942, when he moved to Rio de Janeiro. That same year, it began to work in the orchestra of the conductor Fon Fon, of the Odeon recorder.

In 1945, after several presentations at Night and Day, he returned as the first saxophonist to the Tabajara Orchestra, already hired by Radio Tupi. His first compositions released date back to 1946/48 (on the Continental label): the Choros Sonhando e Sonoroso (co-authored by Del Loro) with Severino Araújo and in the voice of Ademilde Fonseca, respectively, who have become important pieces of this fascinating musical genre. In the 1950s, he recorded some 78 rpm (Continental label): the Perplexo and Tudo Passa choros (1953), the Maxixe began O Baile, baião Baião Potiguar and choro A Clarineta A Jato (those in 1954), and I cry Gilka (1955). With its ensemble, K-Ximbinho released in 1956 the notable LP Rhythms and Melodia (Odeon label), where it was already noticed its unusual and daring (for the time) the joining of the choro with the jazz in national bands like Jura ( (Nor Fon), or Americans such as Unchained Melody (Alex North, Hy Zaret), Love Me Or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn). In 1958, working as an arranger for the label, Polydor released two anthological albums: In Rhythm of Dance, Vol. III - K-Ximbinho Quintet, including innovative readings for the classics Coming to Bahia (Dorival Caymmi), Because of You (Tom Jobim, Dolores Duran), the author of the Teleguiado, Penumbra, and Samba de Cartola: K-Ximbinho and his ensemble, with the same recipe: Now It's Gray (Bide, Marçal), Voce do Morro (Zé Ketti) If you swear (Ismael Silva, Nílton Bastos, Francisco Alves), False Baiana (Geraldo Pereira), and the presence of great musicians like Pedro Vidal (bass), Aderbal Moreira (sax-baritone), Paulinho Magalhães (drums), Meirelles Flute), among others.

New release by Polydor took place the following year, with the album K-Ximbinho and its musical play-boys, of international repertoire, in a profusion of rhythms: De Corazon A Corazon (Gabriel Ruiz, Ricardo Lopes Mendez), I Want It Sossego (K-Ximbinho), Chega de Saudade (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), A Woman In Love (Frank Loesser). In 1964, he joined Conjunto 7 de Osos, composed of instrumental music beasts like Cipó (sax tenor), Ed Maciel (trombone), Julinho Barbosa (piston), Papão (drums), with the recording of LP Impacto! (Polydor label), among other precious things: The Love That Has Finished (Chico Feitosa, Luis Fernando Freire), Morro Não Tem Vez (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes), Vagamente (Roberto Menescal, Ronaldo Bôscoli) and Authored by the African Serenade.

In 1978, K-Ximbinho won the II National Festival of Choro of TV Bandeirantes, playing in the clarinet the piece Manda Brasa, with the participation of the Regional Rio Antigo, and edited the following year in LP O Fino do Choro (seal Clack / Bandeirantes ), With the 12 best songs of the festival. His last and expressive album K-Ximbinho: Saudades de Clarinete (seal Eldorado, 1981), released posthumously, in which he realized the arrangements, regency and solos of clarinet, included the talent of musicians like Neco (cavaquinho), Raphael Rabello (guitar 7 strings), Jorginho (tambourine), in tracks all authorial, as: I'm Always There, Old Companions, Tenderness, Quaint. From the term pipe, Brazilian affectionate designation for the saxophone, he created his stage name K-Ximbinho, an exceptional composer and instrumentalist, creative, renovator according to the period, master of improvisation, left his mark as one of the most important composers of all the times.

In 2002, the label Rob Digital edited the CD Paulo Moura: K-Ximblues, recorded live at the Leblon Theater in 1999, with musical direction and arrangements by Paulo Moura, performances by Mauricio Einhorn (harmonica), Nelson Faria (guitar) and Tony Botelho (double bass). Among pearls of K-Ximbinho, we pan: Always, Auto Plagiarism, Just Walking, K-Ximbodega.

On the initiative of the Nació Potiguar project (designed by Dácio Galvão, with several sound records on the popular culture of the RN), the important K-Ximbinho Duetos and Sanfonado CDs were launched in 2009, which unveil unprecedented re-readings by the master, Instrumentalists such as Carlos Malta (woodwind), Ulisses Rocha (guitar), Teco Cardoso (sax) and Sivuca (accordion), Renato Borghetti (harmonica harmonica), as well as historical testimony of the honoree. His uncontested art continues to produce followers like the brilliant and sophisticated album Nailor Proveta: Old Companions of K-Ximbinho (Maritaca, 2015) in which the group composed by Carlos Roberto (piano), Edmilson Capelupi (piano), Léa Freire ), Among others, under the command of the Nailor (sax and clarinet) offers re-readings of the aforementioned album Saudades de un Clarinete.


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