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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

Carlos Barbosa-Lima

By Ernest Barteldes
Published January 5, 2007


In this new album the acoustic guitar legend brings his own feel to songs that are in the hearts of most Brazilians, such as the title track (written by Ernesto Nazareth) and other gems. He also includes more obscure songs and nods to the legacy of Latin music by including Puerto Rico’s Danny Rivera, who sings on three tracks, including “Entre Guitarra Y Voz,” which the vocalist co-wrote with Ernesto Cordero. Pay attention to “Cochichando” (Whispering) and “Um A Zero” (One To Nothing), two songs by Alfredo Viana, aka Pixinguinha, which here receive a very personal treatment. Listen also to the guitarist’s take on “Samba de Uma Nota Só” (One Note Samba) and “Desafinado”(Off-Key), two Antonio Carlos Jobim standards that receive a more subtle arrangement with very sparse instrumentation. On the former, bassist Nilson da Matta showcases his talents with a twisting bass solo, while percussionist Duduka da Fonseca adds shakers and cymbals.