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Nelson Veras: Solo Session Vol. 1

Read "Solo Session Vol. 1" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Guitarist Nelson Veras's considerable sideman experience has favored the acoustic instrument--a highlight is his mild-mannered straight man to Manu Codjia's volatile electric guitar on Christophe Wallemme's fine large-ensemble Namaste (Bee Jazz, 2006).The relationship between Veras's playing and classic Brazilian guitar--Hélio Delmiro, João Gilberto, Bola Sete--is like that between James Blood Ulmer's playing and the blues: oddly, totally inside the tradition and entirely outside it at the same time. For Veras (and Ulmer, indeed), this has something to do ...


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