Nelson Ferreira

Nego Nelson

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This is a violão (acoustic guitar) finger-style album by a competent musician/composer of Amazon origin. Nego Nelson, in a release with no other accompaniment than occasional percussion, seven-string guitar, or clarinet, recovers the Amazon roots in his writing, which ranges from doleful themes such as "Olhai O Lírio 'De Campos'," exposed lyrically by a clarinet, to the percussive "Vem Pro Tapa," a true samba if only a bit reminiscent of the Indian batuque. With 100 written compositions, Nego Nelson has achieved his artistic maturity both as a performer and composer. His virtuoso playing makes no reference to jazz, in spite of some improvised cadenzas, sticking to a genuine Brazilian expression, comprising hard swinging sambas, regional rhythms recreated in the guitar, toadas, Iberian-inspired compositions, and choros, all with his distinctive Amazon accent.