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Celso Fonseca: Rive Gauche Rio

Read "Rive Gauche Rio" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


There's something especially unique about the way a Brazilian strums an acoustic guitar. Perhaps their rhythms play from a memory, instinctive not thought, inherited through generations of moonlight strolls on the beach, soft cool breezes caressing warm soft tanned skin, memories of romance and passion.

The heart of Celso Fonseca's second international release beats from his acoustic guitar and vocals--incredibly light, deceptively rhythmic, irresistibly romantic--supported by bassist Luiz Alvez and drummer Alexandre Foncesa (no relation). But he also ...

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Recording

Celso Fonseca: Like Nice

Celso Fonseca: Like Nice

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Back in the late 1950s, when the bossa nova was first emerging in Rio de Janeiro, the music was all about a feathery touch. The acoustic guitar had to sound barely strummed, as if the breeze were whistling through the strings. The vocals had to sound almost whispered. Early masters such as João Gilberto, Johnny Alf, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfá and others wrote songs meant to sound ethereal, like a lover's breathy secret. In the early 1960s, when producer ...

Gustavo Cysne
piano and vocals

Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Brasil

Candid Records
2024

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Liebe Paradiso

Ziriguiboom
2013

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Sandy Muller

The New Zealand International Jazz & Bues Festival
2006

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Rive Gauche Rio

Ziriguiboom
2005

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