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Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Merengue

Read "Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Merengue" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Carlos Barbosa-Lima Merengue Zoho Music 2009There is distinct nobility surrounding the virtuosity of guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima. His South American sojourn, Merengue, presents sweeping vistas and myriad emotions described with degrees of technical superiority only a few other musicians have achieved. Unfortunately, Barbosa-Lima's reputation has not kept pace with his magnificent musicianship. But with this disc, he makes more than a double-leap forward. Not only does Merengue do great things ...

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Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Merengue

Read "Merengue" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima has been enchanting listeners for over 50 years. During that time he has made his mark in live performances, as well as the 50 albums he has released. His sense of rhythm and melody, time and pulse, and his ability to enhance the mood through dynamics and harmony give his music an incipient beauty.

The music of South America speaks several native languages. Barbosa-Lima, a luminous interpreter of the norms, lets that shine through in solo as ...

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Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Carioca

Read "Carioca" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Carlos Barbosa-Lima has the ability to enrich a song with remarkable grace. He makes each one sing eloquently, bringing out its inherent beauty, not hurrying his passage as he lights a spark underneath. While his technique is undeniable, his creativity is the trump card.

Barbosa-Lima's choice of tunes on Carioca is judicious. He draws from a lineage of Brazilian masters, as well as his contemporaries, using solo, duo and trio settings to project his craft. He builds a ...

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Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Carioca

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As guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima interprets the songs of Central and South American composers both classic and contemporary, he creates a lovely album of soft, tropical harmony. Ethereal in its mood and graceful in its dancing rhythms, Carioca represents a casual panorama of Rio de Janeiro.

In Barbosa-Lima's hands, the acoustic guitar carries a wide-ranging expression that allows him to persuade convincingly without ever raising his “voice. Samba de Orfeu takes us for a leisurely stroll along amicable city ...

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Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Frenesi

Read "Frenesi" reviewed by John Kelman

When classical performers tackle material from the jazz world, the result can often be something less than one would hope for. The more stringent and what some might call restricted range of interpretation leave little room for overt improvisation. Instead it's all about subtlety, dynamics and delicate phrasing. Consequently, all too often, when a classical player approaches jazz material, the interpretation sounds stiff and unmoving.

Not so with Carlos Barbosa-Lima, who has studied with, amongst others, Andres Segovia; but in ...

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Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Natalia

Read "Natalia" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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. ...

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Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Mambo No. 5

Read "Mambo No. 5" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Ghost of Segovia with a Chianti buzz.

The 56-year-old Carlos Barbosa-Lima is a Brazilian national treasure. He has performed and recorded widely the music of this homeland and that of the American Tin Pan Alley. Barbosa-Lima studied under Andres Segovia and Isaias Savio as a child and had his debut at 12 years old. His musical appetite is very broad and he is technically brilliant in most genres he tries. In all cases he has performed with a sensitivity ...


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