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World Music CD Reviews World Fusion

Mike Marshall & Hamilton De Holanda

By Michael Stone
Published April 27, 2007

New Words
Adventure Music

With New Words, Appalachian old-timey music meets Brazilian choro in the hands of two immensely talented artists who first met at the Mandolines des Lunel festival in France, taking the instrument home to its European origins. Hamilton de Holanda (10-string bandolim, Irish bouzouki) has inherited the mantle of the Brazilian choro greats, while Mike Marshall (mandolin, mandocello, tenor guitar), best known for his work with Darol Anger and Psychograss, has been exploring Brazilian music for some time with Choro Famoso and Jovino Santos Neto. Marshall’s Adventure Music label has recorded numerous Brazilian artists, so this is a natural pairing. The repertoire blends choros by Pixinguinha, Garoto, Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth, Hermeto Pascoal, and Holanda with bluegrass standards and contemporary tunes by Marshall and Bela Fleck. Also included is a DVD with live video footage of three of the tunes: “Receita de Samba,” “Blackberry Blossom,” and an over-the-top “Brejeiro.” Sublime.