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Album Review

Mano A Mano: Mano a Mano

Read "Mano a Mano" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Mano a mano is Spanish for hand to hand as in unarmed combat. Nowadays it is used in much the same way as the English expression head to head, and doesn't imply anything too serious. This is just as well because the two guitarists going hand to hand here are brothers. Bruno and Andre Santos live on the Portuguese island of Madeira, famous for its fortified wine. Bruno is 39, Andre 10 years his junior. Both play ...


Extended Analysis

Mano a Mano: Mano a Mano

Read "Mano a Mano: Mano a Mano" reviewed by Phil Barnes

It's all there in the cover photo--shot in black and white André and Bruno Santos gaze impassively back at the listener clutching their magnificent semi acoustic electric guitars (surely the classic jazz guitar look?), the modernity of their relaxed personal style contrasting with the sixties brutalist concrete geometric pattern behind them. Look closer and you notice that the Santos brothers are a near mirror image of each other--Bruno Santos, dark shirt pale trousers, holds his guitar right handed, while the ...


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