Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tico-Tico Revisited

Zequinha de Abreu

Everybody seems to know a version of Zequinha de Abreu's Tico-Tico no Fubá, which may be the most performed choro ever. The tune was composed by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917, which means the tune has been around for 100 years. It was first recorded in 1931 by Orchestra Colbaz and later made famous trough Carmen Miranda's recordings and performance of the tune in movies and on stage in the USA. However, here we'll set focus on some instrumental versions of Tico-tico. - Here is first the original piano score version as played by the Brazilian pianist Lord Vinheteiro

Tico-Tico was soon adopted by all kind of musicians both in Brazil and elsewhere. My all time favorite instrumental version of the tune was recorded by Oscar Alemán y su Quinteto de Swing in 1943

Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra had a hit with the big band version of Tico Tico in the 1940s

Also be bop alto sax giant Charlie Parker recorded a version of the tune in 1951

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo play a guitar duet version of Tico-Tico in a live performance, an excellent example of a contemporary interpretation of the music

To end this, here is another piano version of Tico-Tico as played by New Orleans piano wizard James Booker 


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