Pablo Bobrowicky

South of the World

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You might call this Argentinean, by way of New York and Italy. Pablo Bobrowicky, a supple-toned guitarist, surrounds himself with a quartet of fellow countryman on most tracks, with saxophonists Bobby Watson and a few others substituted on some. The guitarist picks his ax like a horn, which is particularly effective on the two pieces by Thelonious Monk. Bobrowicky had a hand in writing most of the tunes, which display a decidedly Latin rhythm. The few tracks with vocals might remind the listener a tad of Joao Gilberto, but there is a little bit more adventurousness to occasionally be found. The material sometimes lags, making it difficult for much of it to rise above the ordinary. Bobby Watson's talents are largely wasted on the three tunes in which he participates. Bobrowicky possesses a clear tuneful tone that works better elsewhere. As it is, there is a pleasant quality to much of his playing and even a moment or two that rises to the occasion.

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