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Bonfa, Luiz / Solo in Rio 1959
Album:Solo in Rio 1959 Collection:World
Artist:Bonfa, Luiz Added:03/2005
Label:Smithsonian/Folkways 

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Add Date:2005-04-03 Pull Date:2005-06-05 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:5 Jun15 May8 May1 May24 Apr17 Apr10 Apr
Airplays:2111131

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Album Review
Decca
Reviewed 2005-03-29 
Bonfa, along with Jobim, Joao Gilberto & Baden Powell was one of the architects of the Bossa Nova. He gained some fame as contributor to the famous Black Orpheus soundtrack. Here it’s mostly solo guitar, played with flair & style. When he does sing it’s untrained, but heartfelt & warm. Everything is simple, unadorned, and sohpisticated. There are alternate takes of several tracks. Oh, and too short. This should be fascinating for guitar players. Check out especially:

2. Deliciously jazzy instrumental version of Night & Day.
4. Sweet, lowkey & romantic w/soft hums & la-las.
5. Plinky intro into a light & warm sway.
8. Sophisticated, low-key samba w/a romantic air.
9. Uptempo & lyrical. Wonderfully played.
10. A slow & delicate love song w/vocals.
11. Delicate but lovely version of his most famous song. Great.
14. Vocals & guitar is a lazy, sweet little thing.
15. Light waltz w/a gently unpredictable sound.
18. English spoken words, dramatic, midtempo story of NY.
21. Dishy, jazzy, bright.
24. One of his classics. Light, playful and just yummy.
25. Alt. version of 11, a bit faster.
28. A faster version of 8.

Track Listing
1.Pernambuco 16.Na Baixa Do Sapateiro
2.Night and Day 17.Murder
3.Shearing 18.A Brazilian in New York
4.Sambolero 19.Prelude to Adventure in Spae
5.Calypso Minor 20.Tenderly
6.Uma Prece 21.Blue Madrid
7.Bonfabuloso 22.Marcha Escocesa
8.Quebra Mar 23.Fanfarra
9.Luzes Do Rio 24.Samba De Orfeu
10.Perdido De Amor 25.Manha De Carnaval 2
11.Manha De Carnaval 26.Perdido De Amor 2
12.Amor Sem Adeus 27.Sambolero 2
13.Varicoes Em Violao 28.Quebra Mar 2
14.Seringueeiro 29.Seringueiro Excerpt
15.Chopin 30.Seringueiro 2
 31.Luzes Do Rio 2