Sat. May. 25, 2019

Jim Porto – Bahia Paradise (Ai Que Calor)

Lost but not least! Jim Porto – Bahia Paradise (Ai Que Calor) (Latin Mix) (X-Energy Records)

More than 25 years may have gone since its release. But ‘Bahia Paradise’ still sounds as enlightening as back in the day. Not that surprising though when considering the instrinsic sensuality of the Brazilian vibes.
Perfectly served by a brilliant production, Jim Porto delivers here a standout interpretation. With the whole comin’ over an infectious rhythmic guitar driven groove.
From then, no wonder why the man has been considered as one of the greatest exponents of Brazilian music in Italy. With the warm tone of his voice and his obvious sensibility pretty much speaking for themselves as a matter of fact.
All in all, ‘Bahia Paradise (Ai Que Calor)’ is an undeniable Summer anthem. Most definitely heating up the hearts and souls. As a result, you don’t wanna miss this, even after so many years…
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Overview…
Jim Jorge Gonçalves Porto hails from the Rio Grande do Sul. A state located on the Southernmost tip of Brazil, sharing boarders with Uruguay and Argentina.
When he was 10, he had his first contact with music. Fascinated by the nimble hands of a friend running up and down the keyboard, he began studying piano. Rapidly makin’ himself a name with his blends of Classical together with Samba and Bossa. Then, by the age of 20, he made himself famous on the stages of his then newly adopted city. In other words, Rio de Janeiro!
It was there that his touring career took shape as a matter of fact. First in Brazil then soon after throughout Latin America…

When he arrived in Italy by the end of the 70’s, he adopted Rome as his new hometown. And no surprisingly the Eternal City welcomed him as enthusiastically as Rio. Spotted by Sandro Melaranci, the artistic director of il Manuia, the biggest Brazilian music venue at the time, Porto began combining his rhythmic piano technique with his soulful voice.
There, he eventually collaborated with big names. From Chet Baker who played on his debut-album to Jorge Ben. But also Caetano Veloso. Not to mention Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento to name but a few.

By the beginning of 1990, Jim Porto eventually ventured into the House territories. Thus teamin’ up with Italian producers Frank Max Minoia and Corrado Rizza. Together, they released ‘Bahia Paradise (Ai Que Calor)’. This on Alvaro Ugolini and Dario Raimondi‘s X-Energy Records. A label that came to fame back in the Disco days for releasing the classic ‘Take Me To The Top’ by the likes of Advance.

Strangely enough, Jim Porto‘s discography is limited to an album and a handful of singles. And this despite an undeniable talent. His last release dating from the mid-2000’s.

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