Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
Egberto Gismonti is a musician of extraordinary facility--a guitarist with a highly evolved, personal technique, as well as a fine pianist. But his work is further distinguished by its emotional depths, its grace, its sens... more »
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Egberto Gismonti is a musician of extraordinary facility--a guitarist with a highly evolved, personal technique, as well as a fine pianist. But his work is further distinguished by its emotional depths, its grace, its sense of drama, and its extraordinary sonic beauty. On this solo recording, he creates unusually intimate music, integrating folk instruments and songs with his 8-string guitar and piano. On the 20-minute opening track, he presents a long polyphonic guitar piece, followed by the beautiful "Pau Rolou," which combines his voice with "cooking bells" for sustained metallic tones. "And Zero" and "Frevo" are piano pieces imbued with a unique lyricism. The former has a light Debuss y-like touch that seems to dance across water; the latter is a modal piece performed with percussive force. "Salvador" has him returning to the guitar, the piece suggesting the richness of the Spanish guitar tradition. The final "Ciranda Nordestina" combines piano with more of the cooking bells, which resemble the bells used in some Asian ceremonies. Gismonti sets out to capture the breadth of his Brazilian experience, but in so doing, he touches on much of the music of the world, from Mediterranean dance music to the scales and rhythms of the Middle East and Moorish Spain to the resonant space of temple and rain forest. --Stuart Broomer
R. Amit | Tel Aviv, Israel | 12/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Turn off the lights, make yourself comfortable, really comfortable, relax, then listen. This is one of those albums that takes you places. Every time you listen it sounds (and looks) different. Amazing depths and heights, with only a solo piano or guitar. Wonderful.
Have been listening to this album for more than 15 years, enjoying it now as I did then, perhaps even more."
A superb performance by a great musician
R. Amit | 06/30/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Brasilian master Gismonti is arguably the finest guitarist on the planet, but technical display isn't his bag. The intelligent, unmanipulative communication of human feeling, with all it's nuances, colors and ambiguities, is what he's all about, and this is one of his best recordings. He draws deeply on the folk and classical traditions of his own country, which are considreable. Recommended."
Masterpiece from a genius!
firstname.lastname@example.org | Florianópolis, Brasil | 07/30/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not only if you are a musician, or if you were born in Brasil and during your life are routinely used to hear wonderfull folk melodies, if you're looking for that kind of music that respect no frontiers and touch you right in the very soul, don't miss this album."