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QUINTETO ARMORIAL

Prog Folk • Brazil


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QUINTETO ARMORIAL were a seventies group originally formed in Recife Brazil whose music interpreted pre-modern folk sounds and delivered them as original works in a romantic, chamber-like style. The band's sound was almost exclusively instrumental and featured traditional Brazilian instrumentation.

While the group disbanded in 1980 most of them remained active in the Brazilian music scene. Founding member Antônio José Madureira reformed a group dedicated to the Armorial style of music in the nineties under the name Quarteto Romançal.

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3.71 | 6 ratings
Do Romance ao Galope Nordestino
1974
4.50 | 2 ratings
Aralume
1976
3.50 | 2 ratings
Quinteto Armorial
1978
3.50 | 2 ratings
Sete Flechas
1980

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 Do Romance ao Galope Nordestino by QUINTETO ARMORIAL album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.71 | 6 ratings

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Quinteto Armorial Prog Folk

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. As impressive as their sound is this just isn't my kind of music. If I was a music teacher at Berkley I'd probably be giving this 5 stars. It's just so impressive the way these five guys play using traditional Brazilian instruments along with flute, guitar and violin. Just a unique sound at times and Chamber Folk might be the best description of whats going on here. But my way of rating is in large part how much I enjoy the album and I'm just not big on Chamber or Folk music, and especially all acoustic music like we have here.

Released in1974 with traditional Brazilian cover art this does impress me at times and there's some "wow" factors as well but there's no bass, drums or electricity. Okay there's a snare drum, a marimbau drum and a zambumba drum but all used like percussion really. The rhythm is created usually by the violin and strummed guitar. I do like the way they layer the music and the way themes are repeated. I did write my usual review describing what I was hearing but there's too many unique sounds with these traditional instruments to know what I'm hearing at times.

So apologies to the Brazilian fans out there but I find that I have a hard time with traditional music from any country out there to be honest. Well worth investigating of course and despite not being into their sound I do like quite a bit of this. These guys can play!

 Do Romance ao Galope Nordestino by QUINTETO ARMORIAL album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.71 | 6 ratings

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Quinteto Armorial Prog Folk

Review by GKR

5 stars Ok. How to introduce this genre and convince that this album is a masterpiece?

We have to beggin withthe beginning:

In the early seventies, a brazilian writter, Ariano Suassuna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariano_Suassuna) begun an artistic movement: Movimento Armorial. The proposal was, basically, link the northeastern brazilian popular culture, in all aspects, in a cultural movement of self valorization. The cordel literature (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordel_literature), the xylography and the music of the popular "rabeca" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabeca) and fifes. What happened was, in this effort to bring the brazilian roots of popular culture to a solified movement, the musical expression must also be born. Then, several musical groups appear. Among them: QUINTETO ARMORIAL.

The interesting about ther music is that much of it came from europe. Obviously the music is not european anymore, but much of the chords and melodies date back from Portugal Medieval times. You should not be surprised when "Romance da Bela Infanta", remind you some moments of GENTLE GIANT. The title of the album already suggests this (because nothing is random, everything is picked up cautiously), "From romance to the northeastern scamper". Its the movement: from classic and medieval times, to our own cultural background and composition, re-thinking and re-composing music, figures and even the medieval imaginarium. "Repente" is a good reminder of this, "Toada e dobrada de cavalhada" even more. In tracks as "Bela Infanta" e "Excelência" not only the music is oriented in this concept as the title evoque medieval past. The high court in the brazilian "sertão".

I've tried to summarize everythin here, but this is not a easy effort. There are books and articles studying the movement and I probably will read them and came back here to improve this review.

For now, let the music alone speak.

Thanks to ClemofNazareth for the artist addition.

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