Solo in Rio 1959

Solo in Rio 1959

by Luiz BonfáLuiz Bonfá


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Luiz Bonfá, along with João Gilberto and Baden Powell, was the archetypal bossa nova guitarist, composer of the enduring "Orfeo Negro" and "Manhã de Carnaval" for the Marcel Camus film Black Orpheus. But there was much more to his prodigious talent, as this amazing document attests. Part of the personal collection of engineer Emory Cook, these 31 performances were recorded in one night, "with twelve ordinary flashlight batteries" and a Nagra tape machine. It's a torrent of music. Bonfá, the son of Italian immigrants who settled in a small southern Brazilian town, was by 1959 steeped in classical guitar (learned from the Uruguayan master Isaias Savio), the new languid Brazilian pop, and American pop and jazz (he'd toured the same year with Broadway star Mary Martin). He'd also recorded his own American debut, Amor!, and appeared on dozens of other artists' works. The music here spans it all, adding 14 previously unreleased tracks to the 17 that Cook issued. From casual asides to fully formed work, it's nearly all Bonfá compositions, and demonstrates his harmonically unsurpassed way with the guitar.

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Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074048320
catalogNumber: 40483
Rank: 36118

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