Joy - RCA / LP - 1970 / EUA
01 - Funny Feeling
02 - Under The Sun
03 - Wimmen's Ways
04 - Brown Baby
05 - Mother Africa's Day
06 - A New Generation
07 - Sky And Sea
08 - If I Only Had
09 - Nothing But A Fool
10 - Much As I Love You
11 - Afro Blue
12 - Funky World
Autores - Oscar Brown Jr. / Luiz Henrique
Baixo - James Benjamin
Congas - Norman Shobey
Diretor Musical - Sivuca
bateria - Everaldo Ferreira
Vocais: Jean Pace (faixas: 03, 04, 06, 08, B3),
Norman Shobey (faixas: 02, 12),
Sivuca (faixas: 02, 07, 09, 11, 12)
“JOY” is a coming together and goings-on, a here and now-a-days and a once-upon-a, a bearer of good tidngs, a fortuitous circumstance, a look at the life around us. It is one of a hundred things and a hundred things. A song. A dance. A fact. Time.
“Joy” is a musical statement. A philosophical spurt of the moment. To raise laughter, raise hope, raise hob. To entertain audiences. To entertain thoughts of jubilation and lamentation. It sings of people and places – emphasis on the time for joy. The time of joy.
The songs are saying something. They beat their way from Afro blue to brazilliant. They put their arms around you and whisper on your ear. They stand with arms akimbo and grin and guffaw. They hee and haul you to climactic pleasure. They flash a smile, flush out a truth. They turn a phrase and a corner of the world. They dream and they strip away disillusions and leave you with the feeling of one fine morning. They get to you. They get you.
“Joy” begins with “Time”. Wake-up time that “turns on us all and turns us all on”. It looks back at the roots and routes that are traveled from beginning to end, from man to woman, from man to man. It swings back and forth. It ticks and tickles the fanciful and explodes into pleasures.
At the start man found that he was lost. Adam learned he had nothing to go by – except whatever Eve desired. Wimmen’s Ways tells the truth about the weaker sex as Adam learned it. Funny Fellin’ covers the depths of a woman.
How to get what she wants and how to enjoy it.
“Joy has a beginning and an end”. Man also finds it in loyalty and friendship, with the boys, with people. It bridges gaps and shares experiences. It is intimate. And vast. And musical. It jumps from the seat singing of Sky and Sea, jolts its way through the Afro Blue source and emerges at the dawn of a great new Mother Africa’s Day.
Oscar Brown Jr. continues the story. “Now a new generation appears on the scene. Raising babies with love and high hope. Insisting a more joyful time can be shared by all. Aware we are not all wise, but wise we are all on the same mortal trip, striving always to inject more joy into the journey. The new generation is musical. Its musical time comes from the source. From the heartbeat of Mother Africa. The new generation projects that swinging time as a positive moving force to help us all come together for joy. Where are you?”.
“Joy” has grown up from its birth in Chicago in 1966. There were songs then. A communal offering, a communication. Luiz Henrique, from Florianopolis, Brazil, and Jean Pace and Oscar Brown Jr. cradled the dream and sequential moments for seven months. They force fed the project, nurtured the spirit, spread the canvas, enhanced the material. It was a Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney-type saga. From Chicago they came to New York and a Central Park presentation. Then closed for contemplation.
More than two years went by. It is April 1969 in San Francisco. Sivuca, well rounded, well bearded, has replaced Henrique. The musical backing is complete. James Benjamin on bass, Norman Shobey on congo and Everaldo Ferrera, drums. New songs emerged. What was once a thread is now a theme, a point of view. Contrary to the usual procedure, the conception of “Joy” followed the birth. Then in June it opened at San Francisco’s On Broadway Theatre and ran through September.
Now it is Month I of new decade. “Joy” is custom-tailored. An emotional experience. If is a musical that comes together out of folklore and familiar concentration. Out of vinegar and vine-covered courtship. It is adventurous. An adventure. It is a timepiece, a soiree.
It is Oscar Brown Jr. A Chicagoan. Singer composer. Writer of “Kicks & Co”, co-director of “Buck White”, songwriter of such hits as Work Song, Signifyin’, Watermelon Man, Dat Dere.
It is Jean Pace from Jackson, Mississippi. Lead dancer of the American Ballet Jazz Company, nightclub performer, co-director of “Buck White” and Mrs Oscar Brown Jr. . It is Sivuca (Severino Dias de Oliveira) from Itabana, Brazil. Accordionist, guitarist, pianist, vocalist. He toured with Miriam Makeba for several years.
It is “Love”, “Wash”, “Friend”, “Peace”, “Gas”, “Time”, “Grass”, “Joy”. “Joy” relates.
It opened January 27,1970, at the New Theatre in New York.