The Bonfá Magic

The Bonfá Magic

by Luiz BonfáLuiz Bonfá


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The durable Brazilian musician Luiz Bonfá recorded this album for the Caju Music label in 1991 in Brazil, where it was much honored, but Americans weren't made aware of its riches until 1993. Throughout, Bonfá's acoustic guitar is treated to differing tone shadings and backgrounds -- sometimes left all alone, sometimes fronting a samba band. Tracks like "Space Adventure," "Menina Flor," and "Fat Tuesday's Theme" employ unnervingly realistic orchestrations by Jota Moraes on some deftly handled synthesizers (yes, it can be done). Most of all, listeners are reminded of the remarkable vitality of Bonfá's civilized, wistful compositions, whether improvised on the spot like "Magic Passion," brought forth for the first time ("Smooth Dreams," "Samba Variations"), or resuscitated from his back catalog (like the tune for Elvis, "Almost in Love," now treated to a silky bossa nova groove). Perhaps the most valuable revival is the stunning jazz waltz "Sofisticada," which ought to be a standard like "Manha de Carnaval" (Toots Thielemans reportedly offered to trade his cherished "Bluesette" for it). A lovely, often dazzlingly imaginative recording from Brazil's elusive giant.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/1993
Label: Milestone
UPC: 0025218920223
catalogNumber: 9202
Rank: 130040

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luiz Bonfá   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Deodato   Percussion
Pat Carroll   Drums
Gene Bertoncini   Acoustic Guitar
Tavio Bonfa   Guitar
Sonia Burnier   Keyboards
Thiago de Mello   Percussion,Vocals
Arnaldo DeSouteiro   Percussion
Nilson Matta   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Pascoal Meirelles   Drums
Marcio Montarroyos   Flugelhorn
Jota Moraes   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Luiz Bonfá   Composer,Liner Notes
Deodato   Engineer,Contributor,Remixing
Gene Bertoncini   Contributor
Tavio Bonfa   Arranger
Sonia Burnier   Arranger,Contributor
Arnaldo DeSouteiro   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Peter Klam   Executive Producer
Pascoal Meirelles   Contributor
Marcio Montarroyos   Contributor
Jota Moraes   Arranger,Contributor
Barry Powley   Executive Producer
Mark Holston   Liner Notes
Maria Toledo   Composer
Walter Firmo   Cover Photo
Dana Mars   Engineer
Cristina Portella   Cover Design

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