With the Brazilian World Cup currently in vogue and that country’s latin rhythms ringing in our ears, we thought we’d put on this recently ‘dug up’ recording (circa 1979) of Graham and friends: Godfrey Wang on keyboards, Colin Pincott on guitar, Rob Tate on drums and Graham on vocals and guitar rehearsing Sampaguita at the ATV Music Studios in Bruton Street, London. The song was to be included on an album called ‘Carrie’ which, unfortunately was never released. Its upbeat latin rhythm reflects the strong musical influence on Graham of his favourite Brazilian composer, Carlos Jobim.
Originally written in the Philippines, where he was inspired by the beauty and intoxicating aroma of the country’s national flower, he later completed the song with Jack Keller in 1975. That same year, it was included on an album by Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist, Moacir Santos called ‘Carnival of the Spirits’ at The Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, and soon became a favourite on the London jazz scene.
In a later tracking session for the album ‘Carrie’ at Pye Studios, Stan Getz who had been recording in another studio, (see blog http://www.graham-dee.com/sampaguita-pretty-little-sampaguita/) reportedly came in to have a listen and voiced his appreciation of the track. Hope you like this little bit of nostalgia!