Various Artists

Brasil Musical, Vol. 3

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This is an instrumental release sponsored by Brazil state bank Banco do Brasil. In fact, it's a compilation of tracks recorded live in various different solo shows by several great artists, and distributed in three volumes in this series Brasil Musical, which act as samplers of the whole collection, sold directly by Tom Brasil. Gathering some of the best Brazilian instrumental musicians in several different languages, this double CD features solo artists with their own bands, providing a delicious landscape of that rich musical culture. The worst thing about the disc is the poor documentation in the liner notes: there are no authorship credits, songs are titled incorrectly, and the wrong instruments are specified. This volume opens with the Zimbo Trio interpreting the delicious baião by Edú Lobo, "Corrupião," with their exciting swing. "Eu Amo Goiânia" by Nivaldo Ornelas follows, then the lyrical "Todo Sentimento" by Marco Pereira. "Bosque dos jequitibás" by Laércio de Freitas is next, then the wonderful trio piano/violão/harmonica of the virtuoses Gilson Peranzzetta, Sebastião Tapajós, and Maurício Einhorn playing the swinging "Donatiando." The more modern-sounding Paulinho Noguiera (solo violão) appears with "Zambi" (Edú Lobo), and "Esqueci Seu Nome" (Ulisses Rocha) -- a beautiful composition by the virtuose violonista; there's the beautiful (and hardcore) choro "Reencontro com Paulinho" by violão virtuose Canhoto da Paraíba backed by a typical regional samba group comprised of a seven-string guitar (Franciluzio), accordeon (Valtinho), tenor sax (Chico Lopes), and pandeiro (Celso Cruz). The internationally awarded classical crossover pianist Arthur Moreira Lima plays his arrangement for Chico Buarque's "Teclas e Dedos"; the Wagner Tiso, with the talented composer/arranger pianist backed by Orquestra de Câmera de Curitiba, plays the grand "Chorava"; the virtuose flutist Altamiro Carrilho backed by a regional group plays the happy, uptempo choro "Malandrinho." The second CD opens with "Bom e Bonito," a lyrical melody over a swinging midtempo samba by Oswaldinho do Acordeon; followed by "Tarde de Chuva" from Paulo Moura backed by Luizão Maia (bass), Pascoal Meireles (drums), and Osmar Milito (piano). There's "Ladeira da Preguiça" (Gilberto Gil), by Carlos Malta; "Maracatu Crioulo" by Alemão & Zezo with the duo guitar/violão; "Timbacia" by percussionist João Parahyba with Mitar Subotic (percussive electro-acoustic effects); "Improviso I" by Hermeto Pascoal on solo piano; "Barra do Ribeiro" (Guinha Ramires) by the eight-bass accordionist Renato Borghetti; "Canto Das Aguas" by André Geraissati with the virtuose violonista; "Strawa no Sertão" (Wagner Tiso) with Orquestra de Câmera de Curitiba; and the classic choro "Brasileirinho" (Waldir Azevedo) interpreted in a fuzzed-out guitar by Armandinho, backed by the wonderful regional Época de Ouro.