Feel the bell
Adair Torres é hoje um dos músicos mais requisitados quando o assunto é gravar Pedal Steel Guitar. Iniciou sua carreira “musical”, por assim dizer, ainda moleque, aos 7 anos, quando aprendeu a tocar cavaquinho, um presente de seu pai. Vendo um velho primo tocar violão, pediu ao pai que lhe comprasse um. Logo aprendeu com o primo a tocar alguns clássicos da época. Daí por diante, tocar nas festinhas da família tornou-se obrigação, e às vezes até acompanhando alguma dupla que aparecia a convite de seu pai. Não demorou muito, um amigo da família, o qual tinha uma banda do tipo Ventures e The Shadows, o japonês Roberto Hajime Morishin, o levou para tocar guitarra e, aos 12 anos, Adair passou a tocar ao lado de descendentes japoneses na banda The Nissei Five. Já na adolescência, montou sua própria banda: The Bigs – que não deu em nada. No final da década de 60, fazendo bailes todos os finais de semana, conheceu Paulo Coelho (o músico que mais grava violão e guitarra), com quem tocou durante muito tempo em vários clubes da região norte de São Paulo. Como filho da geração Woodstock, com Beatles, Stones, Eric Clapton, Hendrix, Janis, Black Sabath, Led, entre outros arrebentando nas paradas, resolver arriscar um som mais pesado, como se costumava dizer. Mas não foi muito feliz nesse novo estilo. Começou a ouvir Yes, Gênesis, ELP, e achava tudo muito lindo, mas… lhe faltava equipamento à altura, foi quando ouviu pela primeira vez o som do Pedal Steel… Paixão à primeira audição!
Na década de 70 decidiu trabalhar na área de informática, trocando a vida de músico pela de analista de sistemas. Quando resolveu voltar para a música, seu ouvido já estava acostumado à Country Music, trazida de Nashville USA por Lélio Augusto (Jimmy Allen), diretor de marketing nas horas vagas, e um grande amigo, que encontrou um Banjo de 5 cordas à venda e indicou a Adair Torres.
The Bluegrass style and his new instrument aroused so much passion that he was soon playing, since Banjo's tuning is the same as that of the ukulele, which he learned to play in childhood. He studied 6 hours a day for 6 months and, in 1980, quit his career as a systems analyst and returned to music for good, joining in 1982 with his friend Jimmy Allen, with whom he founded the first Bluegrass band. in Brazil recording an instrumental record within Nashville's standards and classical lineup with: Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar and Acoustic Bass, the Santa Fe Country Band. One of the most remarkable moments of the Santa Fe Country Band, as its band was called, was a concert at the Municipal Theater of São Paulo.
Another remarkable event for the band, among others and, as the previous one, unprecedented for a band of Bluegrass, was a presentation in the program of Bolinha, in which they played Asa Branca along with Sivuca. Adair became one of the most requested musicians by the famous artists for Banjo recording.
Despite his success with the banjo, Adair Torres did not take that instrument he heard in the 1960s from his mind. He did not know, but at that time he had heard the master Buddy Emmons for the first time. Still in the early 1980s, after researching Pedal Steel, he got a friend, Hanna, who was moving to Germany, to lend her the money and bring her a German model on her return to Brazil, ABM brand. It was almost a year of waiting…
At the time, I worked as a studio manager, so it was not difficult to get time to study, sometimes more than six hours a day. After two years in this routine, he began to wonder why, with Pedal Steel, he couldn't continue the work Poly had been doing in country music with the Hawaiian guitar.
There was no reason, then, at Quadrophenia Studio, along with another friend, now writer, John Thrall, already having as clients great arrangers and musicians like Pinochio, Oscar, Acordeon Marine, Mirandinha, Adeildo Lopes, Karan, Jânio Santone, Martinez and many others, it was not difficult to suggest recording and including the Pedal Steel Guitar in the arrangements. All without exception accepted. It is possible to say that the instrument that made Adair Torres so well known musically and so requested in the recordings was popularized and is part of the arrangements of many songs.
As the first time never forgets, let's remember the first recording the musician made with Pedal Steel: it was in the song Cowboy do Asfalto (by Joel Marques), with singer Juliano Cezar, arrangements of conductor Michael, recorded at Mosh studio (Still in Pompeii). That German ABM Steel Pedal was used for 11 years by Adair, who today uses a ZUM D10 8X8 and an EMMONS SD10 1994 - Lashley LeGrande II - 3 × 7 and owns his own Steel Guitar Pedal brand along with William Paschoal - the TowerS Steel Guitars & Accessories.
Of course this story does not end here, a lot has yet to happen ... And it happened.