"Manhã de Carnaval" ("Morning of Carnival"), is the title of the most popular song by Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá, Maria Toledo (Bonfá's wife and excellent vocalist) and Antônio Maria (The presence of Maria Toledo as a third author I have been provided directly by Irio De Paula). It appeared in the 1959 Portuguese-language film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus), by French director Marcel Camus and based on a play by Vinícius de Moraes. Particularly in the USA, the song is considered to be one of the most important Brazilian Jazz/Bossa songs that helped establish the Bossa Nova movement in the late 1950s. Manhã de Carnaval has become a jazz standard in the USA, while it is still performed regularly by a wide variety of musicians around the world in its vocalized version or just as an instrumental one.
In the USA, the song is also known as "A Day in the Life of a Fool", "Carnival", "Theme from Black Orpheus", or simply "Black Orpheus". In France, the song is also known as "La Chanson D'Orphée." The song is also known by the Spanish title "Mañana de Carnaval". All versions of foreign texts were written by different people using Bonfá's original music.
Luiz Floriano Bonfá (often seen as Luis Bonfá) (October 17, 1922 – January 12, 2001) was a Brazilian guitarist and composer. He was best known for the compositions he penned for the film Black Orpheus.
Dexter Gordon (February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and an Academy Award-nominated actor (Round Midnight, Warner Bros, 1986). He is regarded as one of the first and most important musicians to adapt the bebop musical language of people like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell to the tenor saxophone. His studio and live performance career were both extensive and multifaceted, spanning over 50 years in recorded jazz history.
Gordon's height was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), so he was also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant". He played a Conn 10M 'Ladyface' tenor until it was stolen in a Paris airport in 1961. He then switched over to a Selmer Mark VI. His saxophone was fitted with an Otto Link metal mouthpiece, which can be seen in various photos.
In 1985, Dexter Gordon was named a member and Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture in France, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986. He died on April 25, 1990, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Morning of Carnival
Morning, such a beautiful morning
In life, there is a new song
It sings only of your eyes,
Your smile, your hands
Then there will be one day
When you will see
From the strings of my guitar
that sought only your love
There comes a voice
Speaking of kisses lost
in your lips
My heart sings
Joy has returned
So happy the morning
of this love
Was just in the mood for something Latin.
And since I'm partial to Brazil, sax-man Dex & having a good time--when I'm not intent on wallowing in a bad time-- here it is...
Opening track from Dexter's "Gettin' Around" album.Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on May 28 & 29, 1965.
Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Barry Harris (piano); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Billy Higgins (drums).