If there's a recording that could instantly transport you to a balmy tropical island with your favorite beverage in hand, then this wonderful collaboration between Brazilian guitarists Ricardo Silveira and Vinicius Cantuária should do the job quite nicely with a few unexpected surprises. Each has amassed a level of rock-star like acclaim in their respective careers with numerous individual projects and collaborations such as Cantuária's and Bill Frisell's Lagrimas Mexicanas (E1 Music, 2011) and this year's Atlanticos (Adventure Music) featuring Silveira and Roberto Taufic. While those were noteworthy, their first alliance in RSVC is sheer bliss.read more
What do you get when two top-flight studio guitarists grab their acoustic axes and get together to bask in the glow of Brazilian music? The answer is the resplendent Atlanticos. Ricardo Silveira is a Brazilian-born-and-based, Berklee-trained guitarist who's recorded hundreds of sessions, backing everybody from flautist Herbie Mann to Brazilian icons like Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento. His partner on this record is Honduran-born Roberto Taufic, who at the age of five made his way to Brazil, started playing guitar, and never looked back. By the time Taufic was seventeen, he was already making a name for ...read more
There's a musical relationship between Brazil and the United States that transcends tourism and politics. Each nation gave birth to its own style of music. Yet those styles, jazz and what many Brazilians refer to as typical" Brazilian music, when performed by competent musicians, can be interchangeable. Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Djavan are just a few Brazilian musician/songwriters who've not only had the honor of their work being translated by North American jazz artists, but who also have performed with or written songs for such jazz acts as Stan Getz, The Manhattan Transfer and Lee Ritenour, ...read more
The music of Milton Nascimento shares common ground with fellow Brazilian Egberto Gismonti, but there are differences. What they share is a root in the traditional folk music of the forests of Brazil. But whereas Gismonti leans towards the abstract and to compositions that are more complex, sharing an equal affinity with modern classical music, Nascimento is more straightforward, more accessibly lyrical. He's also almost inimitably positive. His songs may portray a variety of feelings, but even his most tender pieces have an infectious joy that lifts the spirit.
Guitarist Ricardo Silveira, who worked with Nascimento in the ...read more