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CHEIRO DE VIDA

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Brazil


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CHEIRO DE VIDA was formed by ANDRÉ GOMES (bass guitar), CARLOS MARTAU (guitars) and ALEXANDRE FONSECA (drums) in 1980 and were initially based in the Rio Grande do Sul, (in the southern part of Brazil). [Prior to this, the trio had been a jam band but with the addition of PAULO SEPEKOVIA (also on guitar), the newly formed CHEIRO DE VIDA moved in jazz rock fusion]. Moving to São Paulo in 1981, they recorded an album as the backing band for Brazilian singer DIANA PEQUENO, subsequently becoming her touring band travelling all over the country.

At the end of 1982, the band returned to their hometown, Porto Alegre, and recorded a second album again as the support band for the singer BEBETO ALVES, for the live "Notícia Urgente". AT this time they also became the support band for singer VICTOR RAMIL whilst being able to maintain their own solo band activities. In 1983 they began to record their first album "Cheiro de Vida", which would see release a year later. To finance the recording costs, 850 special editions were presold to friends and fans. Then as luck has it, a few weeks before the album was due to be pressed, a small record label ACIT offered to take care of its promotion and distribution, in exchange of releasing it on their imprint. The offer was accepted but unfortunately this turned out to be a bad business decision: whilst not receiving any proper promotion nor royalties, it would take the band 10 years to recover their recording masters.

In 1983, CHEIRO DE VIDA became a five-piece band, with the addition of DUDU TRENTIN (keyboards). Things started happening, with the writing and recording of soundtracks for plays such as "Cem Modos" for a successful theatrical company that toured the country. Following this, CHEIRO DE VIDA decided it was time to move to Rio de Janeiro to take their chances. Four of the band came to live together in the same apartment with their wives and children; DUDU TRENTIN moved on and to Austria, where he recorded a solo album.

By 1987 CHEIRO DE VIDA were effective the house-band in the Rio de Janeiro night club, Jazzmania, which had the reputation for being the coolest place around for instrumental music. So whenever there was a open slot, the band would play their own material; ANDRÉ GOMES also had the opportunity to show off his sitar playing during these sessions. A word-of-mouth reputation spread because of their Jazzmania performances, and so their fan-base developed. As a result some of Brazilian's...
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3.39 | 8 ratings
Cheiro De Vida
1984

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3.24 | 6 ratings
1988 - Vivo
2000

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 1988 - Vivo by CHEIRO DE VIDA album cover Live, 2000
3.24 | 6 ratings

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1988 - Vivo
Cheiro De Vida Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars CHEIRO DE VIDA were an instrumental trio from Brazil who released one studio album along with this live record which was recorded in 1988 but not released until 2000. They are listed here under JRF and the closest reference points would be EXSIMIO and MAR DE ROBLES although I prefer the music of those two bands over what these guys offer up. Still the instrumental work from this band is flawless and the bass player impresses me the most. I've heard more prominant bass than what we get here but not such fast playing as is demonstrated relentlesly throughout this live album.

"Africa" builds until the guitar solos over top of the chunky bass and drums. "Levada" is more of the same. It does settles after 2 minutes before kicking back in at 3 minutes. "Vox Populi" has prominant guitar along with the usual in your face bass. "Blue" is the first real mellow tune. Killer bass more than half way through. "Beep Bop" is an uptempo bass driven track. The guitar leads before 2 minutes then back to that bass led groove. "Vinheta" is a short but raunchy piece. "Dark Funk" is killer stuff with fast paced bass. "Intro" is complex but short. "Funk Indiano" is fast paced while "Rush" features more crazy bass. "Guerra" ends it with some welcomed laid back sections.

Again this is impressive music but it doesn't measure up to music I already have in a similar style.

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3.39 | 8 ratings

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Cheiro De Vida Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars Great jazzy prog, one of those hidden or forgotten bands.

If we look at the band-counter listed in PA, we will realize that just a few percentage of them are actually the ones we know, well at least with me, i know quite a bit of them, but i am sure it is not even half of the bands listed here, what i´m trying to say is that there are lots of great bands that have made excellent music throughout the years, some years ago i was a person who didn´t like to discover new bands or search for old gems even in the same prog realm, now i know that it was a mistake but the good thing is now that i am looking for old and hidden gems, i feel very pleased with some of them, because believe me, there are a hugh amount of albums worth listening.

So here we have one of those lost and hidden prog gems, this is Cheiro de Vida, a band from Brazil that i knew some months ago when was added to this site, i like a lot brazilian prog, from Os Mutantes to Spin XXI, but this was kind of different to me since their style is oriented to the jazz side of prog.

I didn´t go further with the band, i mean i just limited myself in listening to their music and not looking for extra info about it´s history or something like that, i just know that they are from Brazil and made just one album (sadly).

A self-titled album which contains 10 short songs, just one of them passes the 5 minutes, the running time of the album is almost 38 minutes and is completely instrumental.

Fechado Para Balanco the first song which immediately comes up with the jazzy feeling, also we notice an excellent musicianship, the rythm is kind of bright and happy, there are some nice guitar riffs. Asas Longas is at the beginning softer than the opener song, but then turs to a faster tempo song with some nice changes within it, good bass lines and drumming. Entre Estrelas is even softer than the previous ones, a calm passage of fabolous playing, there are excellent armonies between the instruments, though this song is more oriented to the soft jazz side rather than the prog side, here we have also acoustic guitars. Tema do Bonder is a nice track but not the best, the first half has a delicated sound while the second is a bit heavier. Crepúsculo starts with electric guitars and then some arpeggios with the acoustic one, we listen to a very nice background made by all the instruments but the guitar, which is the leading instrument of the song with it´s riffs. Hyeronimus Bosch is one of my favourites, it has excellent bass lines, i love them and the music in general follows the same vein as the first ones. Ai, Stanley has an extra point, because it provides us with a sitar, which is one of the instruments that i love the most, well the sound it makes its just beautiful, this is the longest song of the album and actually it has nothing to do with the music we had listened so far, since its completely sitar driven. Ayisha comebacks to the soft prog jazz style the band was used to play, again what catches more my attention is the bass sound, the music itself is not that complex, but very well done. Nosferatu starts with a beautiful and delicate bass playing, along with some background guitars and keys, the song follows the same line during the 4 minutes it lasts, good. O Bom Pastor is the last song, of an album that i would descibe as pleasant ffor someone who liked the light jazz prog, with a touch of raga music, this song has some strange noises i dont know if made by the guitars or the keys, it has a very 80s sound indeed.

I feel pleased while listening to this album, is just an example of how interesting is to look for forgotten bands, we can find great surprises. A nice find, great band and good music, my grade would be 3 stars because i consider it good but non- essential, however i recommend it.

Enjoy it!

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3.39 | 8 ratings

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Cheiro De Vida Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Oneiromancer

4 stars I am most sorry Brazilian (not to mention from other coutries, of course) musicians are usually underrated... some didn't even manage to achieve success in their homeland, you see. Cheiro De Vida's unfortune is due to the fact of the group being one of the many orphans of progressive music. Such talented musicians weren't accepted by the 80's and those who believed that music needn't to be produced by people who actually studied music. That explains a bit their lack of success in the mainstream. And, on the other hand, it is believed that the 80's weren't much exciting for music. That would make sense if people tried to argue why the group doesn't seem interesting.

The group, however, happens to be slightly popular (albeit in the underground), and thus I am obliged to explain why. In fact, their homonymous album (about which I am writing) does the job for me. It isn't as complex as what was produced a decade earlier, indeed, but it still deserves our attention. Their songs are short and striking: lovely guitar work here, nice rhytm and a very, very funky bass. At the first song you will understand why I compare André Gomes to, say, Jaco Pastorius and Chris Squire. He does one of the best bass guitar solos, completely on the counter-tempo! Sometimes he even plays the song's tune while the guitars just come along. André also plays the citar on the eighth song, Ayisha. The band, though, is not unworthy of such bassist: the guitarists play great harmonies, rhytms and arpeggios, most notably on Crepúsculo.

Almost every song here is sure fun for listeners (except for Ayisha, if you are not into Oriental music, and O Bom Pastor, which seems to be a filler), ranging from funky up-tempo (such as Fechado Para Balanço and Asas Longas) songs to mellower, more melodic orientated ones (Crepúsculo, Nosferatu and Entre Estrelas) and everything in between. Worth a listen, at least. Enjoy!

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