Cyro Baptista Beat the Donkey

Beat the Donkey
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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Tzadik

Entertainment Reviews:

The Wire - 1/03, p.61
"...Baptista is certainly intent on creating an anarchic rollercoaster ride through the album's 12 tracks..."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $1.291.Carangejo Estrela Brilhante
  • Buy for $1.292.Sapo and the Prince
  • Buy for $1.293.Cyrandeiro
  • Buy for $1.294.Sweet Cuica
  • Buy for $1.295.O Canto da Ema
  • Buy for $1.296.Parar de Fumar
  • Buy for $1.297.Rio de Jarkarta
  • Buy for $1.298.Tapping the Stars
  • Buy for $1.299.Anastacia
  • Buy for $1.2910.Mr. Bugaloo
  • Buy for $1.2911.Ama
  • Buy for $1.2912.Funk I

Product Description:

Personnel: Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey (vocals, gamelan, cowbells, cuica, metallophone, pandeiro, surdo, triangle, wood block, caxixi, hand claps, percussion, bells, gong, sound effects); Sergio Bandao, Sergio Brandao (vocals, nylon-string guitar, cavaquinho); Cyro Baptista (vocals, nylon-string guitar, cuica, Jew's harp, rub-board, washboard, percussion); Beat The Donkey (vocals, gamelan, hand claps, percussion); Max Pollack (vocals); Viva DeConcini (electric guitar); Toninho Ferragutti (accordion); Nilson Matta, Francisco Centeno (bass instrument); Anat Cohen (vocals, clarinet); Luciana Souza, Tisza Coelho, Vanessa Saft (vocals); Kevin Breit (guitar); Marc Ribot (electric guitar, nylon-string guitar); Romero Lubambo (steel guitar, nylon-string guitar); Erik Friedlander (cello, electric cello); John Zorn (saxophone); Peter Scherer (synthesizer, sampler); Jamie Saft (synthesizer); Amir Ziv (metallophone).
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Dancing Planet, NJ; Frank Booth, Brooklyn, NY; King Sound, New York, NY; Knoop Studios, NJ; Piano, Sao Paulo, Brazil; WGBH Studios, Boston, MA, La Plaza.
Director: Bob Comiskey.
Photographer: Eleonora Alberto.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Cyro Baptista & Beat the Donkey; Mauricio; Sabina Ciari; Tamango; Cabello Rolim; Jorge Alabe; Tomer Tzur; Tim Keiper.
Make no mistake -- Beat the Donkey (translated from the Portuguese "Pau la Mula" as "let's go" or "let's do it") is not a reference to animal cruelty, but percussion Cyro Baptista's calling card to party. This debut recording for the group is split into fragments of small ensembles, a rotating cadre of players (a sextet at best) from many different disciplines. They range from riotous celebratory dance to multi-ethnic elements, cerebral, lighthearted, at times goofy and at other times heavy. There is no real core band, but rather a Gypsy circus loose association with Baptista clearly the madcap ringleader. Brazilian music can be the center of Beat the Donkey, but also Balkan sounds, nomadic music, rock and funk, and a festive attitude that surely appeals to summertime outdoor merrymaking. Carnival meets hard rock circus at a stoner party during "Caranguejo Estrela Brilhante" (The Crab and the Shining Star) with fuzz guitar from Viva DeConcini and electric cello by Erik Friedlander; an expressive madlib rock & roll style identifies "O Canto da Ema," centered by Marc Ribot's wah-wah guitar; and the ethnic "Mr. Bugaloo" is a percussion workout accented by John Zorn's sax and the accordion of Toninho Ferragutti. On the softer side is the excellent "Parar de Fumar," a pleasant straight samba with featured clarinetist Anat Cohen. A circular acoustic guitar from Ribot during "Cyrandeiro" recalls West African kora music, while the sweet "Sapo and the Prince" has the wonderful vocalist Luciana Souza singing encouragement to a frog reluctantly turned prince, shaded by blown bottle sounds and finger snaps. "Rio de Jakarta" is the perfect melding of Balinese gamelan and layered Brazilian rhythms; a 6/8 "Ama" is rife with handclaps, the melody expertly played by guitarist Romero Lubambo similar to the Gypsy anthem "Dark Eyes"; while bloogles or sound tubes send the band into space during the dark and bizarre "Sweet Cuica" and the percussion-based "Funk I," the latter piece recorded live at La Plaza in Boston via radio station WGBH-FM. At some point, a more extensive live recording with a fixed band should be in the offering to fully hear Beat the Donkey's worldwide, expressive, and exuberant repertoire. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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  • UPC: 702397760825
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