In the year 2000, tired of the neglect with which samba-the national musical genre par excellence-was being treated by the cultural authorities and the recording industry in general, three musicians (Cláudio Jorge, Marcellinho Moreira, and Wanderson Martins), a producer (Paulinho Albuquerque), and the owner of one of the best studios in Rio de Janeiro (Guilherme Reis) got together and decided to form a record label that would, like them, specialize in samba created in this city.
Their first production was indicative: Os Meninos do Rio. This disc united the top composers of the great escolas de samba: Dona Ivone Lara, Elton Medeiros, Campolino, Aluizio Machado, Monarco, Jair do Cavaquinho, Nelson Sargento, Jurandir da Mangueira, Dauro do Salgueiro, Luiz Grande, Niltinho Tristeza, and Baianinho.
To follow, we released Cláudio Jorge's Coisa de Chefe, demonstrating that in addition to honoring and preserving the work of the traditional sambistas, Carioca Discos also looks ahead to the future of samba.
The label's current partners are Cláudio Jorge, Paulinho Albuquerque,
and Guilherme Reis.
Born in Boca do Mato, Rio de Janeiro, in 1949, Cláudio Jorge began his musical activities as guitarist for such legendary artists as Ismael Silva and Cartola.
Cláudio Jorge's guitar has been heard in the albums and shows of practically all the great Brazilian artists, principally in the area do samba. These include Roberto Ribeiro, Clementina de Jesus, Nelson Cavaquinho, Mestre Marçal, Johnny Alf, Martinho da Vila, Beth Carvalho, Paulinho da Viola, Ivan Lins, Sivuca, and many others. The guitarist was a member of the group Choro Elétrico-with Alceu Maia, Ivan Machado, and Paulinho Black-and the band Batacotô. He also participated for a long time in the band of the great bassist Luizão Maia.
Considered the best samba guitarist in Brazil, Cláudio Jorge is also an acclaimed producer and has been responsible for the production of Nei Lopes' Sincopando o Breque and Luiz Carlos da Vila's Luz do Vencedor, the latter devoted to the compositions of Candeia.
Musician, vocalist, songwriter, and arranger, and producer, Cláudio
Jorge was nominated for the Grammy Latino in 2002 in the Best Samba Album
category for his disc Coisa de Chefe.
Carioca and one of the most competent recording engineers in Brazil, Guilherme Reis is the owner of the award-winning Discover Studio. He cut his teeth in the old Odeon and RCA, where he recorded legendary artists on the order of Clara Nunes, Elis Regina, Roberto Ribeiro, Paulinho da Viola, Ivan Lins, Gonzaguinha, and countess others.
Profoundly involved in samba and all things carioca, Guilherme is Carioca
Discos' guarantee o top technical quality. He is not only one of the best
professionals in his field but has also taught a generation of young sound
engineers who follow in his footsteps.
Carioca, famed record and show producer, curator of the Free Jazz Festival in all its editions as well as of the Tim Festival, Paulinho has worked with the flower of MPB, having produced albums for Djavan, Nei Lopes, Fatima Guedes, Guinga, Toque de Prima, and Rosa Passos, among many others.
Paulinho received the prestigious Sharp award for directing the show
"Awa Yiô," starring Ivan Lins & Batacotô. Another
Sharp was awarded to him for producing Guinga's album Cheio de Dedos.
Recently he was the recipient of the Caras award for Best Special Project-winning
with the disc Os Meninos do Rio-and the Rival-BR 2002 award for Guinga's
Cine Baronesa. He was twice nominated for the Grammy Latino, with Cláudio
Jorge's Coisa de Chefe in 2002 and Leandro Braga's Primeira Dama in 2003.
Proud and stimulated by the various awards and nominations it has received,
Carioca Discos intends to take part in the history of samba being created
in Rio de Janeiro, placing an emphasis on the quality of material it records
and the high artistic and technical levels of its productions.