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Black Orpheus

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One of my favourite latin jazz tunes is Black Orpheus. It was composed in the late 1950s by Brazilians Luiz Bonfá and Antônio Maria under the title Manhã de Carnaval (‘Carnival Morning’) but was the theme song of the film Black Orpheus (1959). That gave it the name by which it is often referred to in English speaking circles, although it is also sometimes known as ‘A Day in the Life of a Fool’. Confusing, huh?

Black Orpheus
Black Orpheus

It came up at a recent Red Lion jazz jam but I sat that one out, as other bassists were in the house, and turned to some jazz drawing instead. The paper in this sketchbook isn’t very thick and you can see the colour from the suspended cross sketch I posted earlier in the week bleeding through. I rather like the effect though and suspect it had some influence on how the final picture turned out, just as the performances of fellow musicians influences each individual line in a live jazz setting.