One day, the cavaquinho player Márcio Marinho called me saying he wanted me to be the bass of a quartet he was planning to set. I promptly accepted the invitation and we formed the Galinha Caipira Completa (Márcio Marinho – cavaquinho, Rafael dos Anjos, acoustic guitar, Hamilton Pinheiro – bass, Rafael dos Anjos – drums).
The name of the group is kinda weird. It is a name of a Brazilian dish. For around two months, we were unsuccessfully struggling to find a name for the group. We got in a situation that we had a concert in a jazz festival booked, but no group name. So, we decided to have a lunch together to find a name. At the restaurant, drummer Rafael dos Santos said “I will open the restaurant menu and I will find the name of the group.” The first lunch dish was Galinha Caipira Completa.
The group dynamic was very good because we explored the strengths of each musician. When rehearsing, everybody contributed with ideas to finish the arrangements. The following year we formed the group we got a prize from the Brazilian Ministry to record our first album.
Mensageiro dos Ventos is a Rafael dos Anjos composition based on an ostinato guitar pattern. It has several parts, with different time signatures and textures. The bass solo was one of my biggest shots. It was the very first take we recorded the tune. We tried other takes, but no one got better than the first.
Samba do Grande Amor is a Rafael dos Anjos arrangement. The original composition is already complex, but Rafael went further. It is a very complex arrangement. The track’s climax is the solo section where each musician goes to different places and get together in some specific points.