Guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima’s previous Khaeon release, Mambo No. 5
as one of the best releases of 2001. Mr. Barbosa-Lima opts for a smaller group this time, performing many of the selections solo or in duet with fellow label-mates John Benitez or Gustavo Colina on bass. Natalia
picks up where Mambo No.5
left off, pursing a twentieth-century repertoire from Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. The common uniting element is, of course, the selection’s heavily Latin character. Jobim, Savio, Lara, Torres are all represented with an encore of the Webber/Rice crowd pleaser, "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina."
Barbosa-Lima’s touch and execution are perfect and empathetic and his duets with bassist Benitez are almost supernatural. This is not "Hot" Latin playing; it is exacting, rigorous, and beautiful. Natalia is sublimely rarified, very highly recommended for any music lover.
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Personnel: Carlos Barbosa-Lima-Guitars; Gustauo Colina-Cuatro, John Benitez-Bass; Edgardo Aponte-