“Listen Of” – Paul Bryan (Sonar Kollektiv) [ALBUM] April 10, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
Brazilian singer-songwriter Paul Bryan – real name Sérgio Sá – originally released Listen Of in 1973 on Brazilian label Top Tape. Now a true collector’s item, it was discovered by Jazzanova member Juergen von Knoblauch while record digging in Berlin 9 years ago. He played it to the rest of the group and they instantly fell in love with it.
Born blind in Fortaleza, Sérgio moved to Sao Paulo at the age 13 and joined a special school where he was directed by a blind professor. Staying for one year at the Instituto Padre Chico in Sao Paulo, he initially applied to music courses as an extra-curricular activity. Already a self-taught musician Sérgio played piano ‘by ear’, but it was here that he had his first contact with musical theory, harmonies and rhythms. The lucid way in which he had learned music made him more creative and audacious, and opened him up to bigger possibilities. In 1973 he was signed by Top Tape of Rio De Janeiro where he joined a team of composers that were creating songs for soap operas.
Top Tape asked him to create an album of English spoken folk songs, so Sergio adopted the name Paul Bryan and created Listen Of. The name Paul Bryan comes from an American TV series called Iron Soul, where the character Paul Bryan was a patient suffering from a terminal disease; a character whose strong will moved Sérgio. Following the outstanding success of the album (it sold more than 150,000 copies in Brazil alone), Sérgio became a highly sought after musical talent, and was soon working with famous artists such as ‘The King’ Roberto Carlos, Gilberto Gil, Simone, Tim Maia, Hermeto Paschoal, Fábio Júnior, Jane Duboc and The Trapalhoes amongst others. Along the way he moved to America, where his learning and professionalism strengthened, working with Stevie Wonder and creating a number of songs for him.
Sérgio is also the author of 2 books – Close Your Eyes to See Better: The Limit of the Senses and the Senses of the Limits, where he shares his ideas for creating new ways of seeing, hearing, feeling and dealing with the world; and Factory of Sounds, a study about sound production based on his musical experience and prefaced by the Minister of Culture and Brazilian legend, Gilberto Gil.
In composing the music for Listen Of, Sérgio took inspiration from the music of The Beatles and the hits of Motown. The romantic ballad Listen was the first song Sérgio wrote, and peaked up the Brazilian charts in 1973. In the same year he co-authored the hit Don’t Say Goodbye with Chrystian, and penned his second hit Window, which was used in a Brazilian soap. Sérgio recorded 12 songs in total for Listen Of, including the beautiful song Like A Rainy Night; the wonderful Feel Like I Feel that refers to Sérgio blindness; and Old Rock.
35 years later, the record is proudly re-released on Sonar Kollektiv – and after all those years, Listen Of is still a beautiful and soothing record of ballads and romantic songs; and like Jazzanova you will fall in love with Paul Bryan’s Listen Of instantly too.
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