This is just a very small sample to get your feet wet, so to speak. All CDs donated to our site automatically become part of the Sheila Thomson Collection of Brazilian Culture at Florida International University in Miami. That's the main reason why we keep these pages on the site, since we don't update them as often as we used to.
New kid on the block to watch: One of the heirs to a musical dynasty in Rio (grandson to guitarist César Faria; Paulinho da Viola is his dad; Raphael Rabello, his maternal uncle), João Rabello has all the right genes—meaning the exceptional talent. But he would prefer that you approached his masterly first CD without a thought to his "pedigree." Available in the U.S. from Amazon.com.
If you thought that extraordinary Brazilian guitar duets ended with Raphael Rabello and Dino 7 Cordas, we have good news for you: pick up a copy of "Remexendo," the new CD by a duo from São Paulo and you'll see (rather hear) what we mean. Euclides Marques, 6-string guitar and Luizinho 7 Cordas are proof that, if Brazilians occasionally disappoint us on the soccer field, they'll keep wowing us where music is concerned.
Released by GSP in San Francisco, Raphael Rabello's last recording is a sad and wonderful reminder of his superhuman talent. This young musician was one with his instrument and the richness of the sound here does him justice. Don't miss it!
Paulo Bellinati: "The Guitar Works of Garoto," GSP Recordings 1002CD. The talented guitarist from São Paulo interprets the work of brilliant composer and guitarist Garoto. Bellinati was also the arranger and transcriber of the pieces.
Paulo Bellinati: "Serenata, Choros & Waltzes of Brazil," GSP Recordings 1005CD. This recording was a finalist for Brazil’s 1996 Prêmio Sharp Awards (Brazil’s equivalent to a Grammy; still going on under a different name).
If one terrific Brazilian guitarist sounds good...wait til you hear these four immensely-talented guys who perform as the Quarteto Maogani...Available from the Biscoito Fino label in Rio.
"Yamandú" This guitar phenomenon from Brazil comes from Rio Grande do Sul...absolutely magical!! You can catch him in Rio or Sampa, so try not to miss him!
"Zé Paulo Becker: Lendas Brasileiras" A member of the fab trio Madeira Brasil, Zé Paulo goes solo here, accompanied by master percussionist Beto Cazes. His own superb arrangements of classic songs by Cartola, Egberto Gismonti, Djavan, Ernesto Nazareth, etc. etc. Sophisticated and sweeter than a bagful of Hershey's Kisses. Catch him around Lapa most weeks!
"Nicanor Teixeira" by Rob Digital RD037. Master Nicanor's compositions by many of his great admirers: Guinga, Egberto Gismonti and his son, guitarist Alexandre Gismonti, the very young João Rabello de Faria (you guessed right...he's the son of Paulinho da Viola, Rafael Rabello's nephew), etc. etc.
"Influências, Elias Belmiro" Elias is from the state of Espírito Santo and studied with Turíbio Santos. We don't know where he is these days, unfortunately!
"Mosaico" by Nonato Luiz. When you think you know all Brazilian guitarists you're introduced to another great one! All original compositions, too!
And one last gem: "Todos os tons" Raphael Rabello in one of his best moments. The extraordinary guitarist from Rio recorded this CD dedicated to the music of Tom Jobim in 1992. Who would have thought that we would lose them both so soon? Tom, Paco de Lucia, Paulo Moura, Leo Gandelman and Nico Assumpção are some of the guest soloists.
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