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Guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima’s previous Khaeon release, Mambo No. 5 was touted 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.
Track Listing: Ehega de Saudade; Porro; Batucada; Maria Bonita; Frenesi; Natalia; Sigo Pensando En Ti; Danza
Characteristica; El Nino; La Reina; Perfume de Gardenia; Lejos del Hogar; Angostura Preludio;
Preludio; Adios; Don't Cry For Me Argentina.
Personnel: Carlos Barbosa-Lima-Guitars; Gustauo Colina-Cuatro, John Benitez-Bass; Edgardo Aponte-
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.