Made in Coracão 1990
This album brings Toquinho and his characteristic tender samba style in a pop setting with keyboards and a generally commercial approach, reinforced by Sadao Watanabe‘s sax solos. The only hits covered by the duo are the instrumental “Samba da volta” (the best track), by Toquinho and Vinícius, and “Carinhoso,” by Pixinguinha and João de Barro, also more convincing than the rest of the album, with the instrumental duo unaccompanied. The other songs were composed by both in partnership. Easy listening.
Video: Toquinho & Sadao Watanabe – Aquarela
Sadao Watanabe is a Japanese jazz musician who plays alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, and flute. He is known for his bossa nova recordings, although his work encompasses many styles with collaborations from musicians all over the world. He has had over ten albums reach the top 50 Billboard charts and two within the top 10. He has also had numerous albums reach number one on the jazz charts. Among his awards are the Order of the Rising Sun, the imperial medal of honor for contribution to the arts, and the Fumio Nanri award. Born in Utsunomiya, Japan, Sadao first began learning music at the age of 18 and started performing professionally in 1953. By 1958 he had performed with leading musicians and quartets. In 1962 he left Japan to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1995 the college awarded him an honorary doctorate degree for his contributions to music. In addition to his musical career, Watanabe has published six photography books in Japan.
Initially playing in colleges, Toquinho’s professional career took off in the 1960s at shows promoted by radio personality Walter Silva at the famous Paramount theater in São Paulo. He composed his first recorded song with Chico Buarque entitled “Lua Cheia” (Full Moon). His first big hit was composed in 1970 with Jorge Benjor, “Que Maravilha” (What a Wonder).
That same year he was invited by Vinicius de Moraes, co-writer of the worldwide hit “Garota de Ipanema” (The Girl from Ipanema), to participate in a series of shows in Buenos Aires, forming a solid partnership that would continue for 11 years and produce 120 songs, 25 records and over a thousand shows. After the death of Vinicius de Moraes in 1980, Toquinho went on to pursue a solo career, often performing with other talented musicians like Paulinho da Viola, Danilo Caymmi, Paulinho Nogueira and Chico Buarque.
Throughout his career, Toquinho composed songs for children, and recorded five albums for young audiences, including Arca de Noé (1980), with Vinicius de Moraes, and Casa de brinquedos (1983). Toquinho continues to record and play, and he remains popular in Brazil and Italy.