Victor Biglione

Maquette Brazil

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In this album, Victor Biglione lets a little Brazilian music in, what is a surprise, given his preferred instrumental pop/rock guitar style. There are plenty of electronics here, which dilutes the soulful Brazilian grooves (performed by an excellent rhythm section) in the same proportion that captures a broader audience. The album has a small Northeastern introduction, followed by Git'in ("Cai Dentro," a wonderful, hot samba by Baden Powell). Biglione's "Suite Brazil #1" and "Party at Salgueiro" have only glimpses of samba. His "Rain in Ipanema" is a pop ballad into which drummer Mamão tries to instill some samba feel using a funk/bossa hybrid pattern. Michel Legrand's "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life" is a rare moment of solo guitar, with excessive virtuosity show-off followed by some poetic moments. Biglione's "Via Canal" opens as an electric samba but is turned into funk, and his "New World Street Samba" also mixes the two styles. Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood," also in a solo guitar rendition, suffers from the excessive rock licks, while the harmonic field is narrowed for easy digestion. The album ends with "Northeast Brazil II," another faithful Northeastern groove over which he soloed his rock guitar. In spite of the watered-down consequences of electronics and programming, it's the best track of the album. For a Brazilian music album, this is very weak. For contemporary listening, though, this is better than average.

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