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'Felicidade': Bellinati Jongo Gismonti Agua E Vino Jobim Desafinado Jobim/Moraes Felicidade Lins Comecar De Novo Moraes Berimbau Nazareth Odeon Ortiz Mis Noches Sin Ti

Magazine article Gramophone

'Felicidade': Bellinati Jongo Gismonti Agua E Vino Jobim Desafinado Jobim/Moraes Felicidade Lins Comecar De Novo Moraes Berimbau Nazareth Odeon Ortiz Mis Noches Sin Ti

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'Felicidade'

Bellinati Jongo Gismonti Agua e vino Jobim Desafinado Jobim/Moraes Felicidade Lins Comecar de novo Moraes Berimbau Nazareth Odeon Ortiz Mis noches sin ti. Recuerdos de Ypacarai Pascoal Bebe Reis Se ela perguntar Trepat Homenaje a Baden Powell Villa-Lobos Choro tipico

Berta Rojas gtr and guests; Paraguay National Symphony Orchestra / Popi Spatocco

ON Music Recordings (F) (60' * DDD)

Self-described as a classical guitarist who 'mostly prefers to play Latin American tunes', multiple Latin Grammy nominee Berta Rojas puts her exquisite range of skills at the service of a musical travelogue through her personal take on the musical legacy of the Brazilian guitar and its key composers and performers. The 13 tracks are heavily suffused with tango, including the original 'savage and lascivious' Afro-Brazilian maxixe, bossa nova, big band jazz, cowboy, commercial and classical.

Listening to Rojas's simultaneously bold, colourful and intimate playing while reading Irineu Franco Perpetuo's booklet notes--about not just the giants such as Villa-Lobos and Ernesto Nazareth but also colourful figures like the 'albino from Alagoas' Hermeto Pascoal and other virtuoso multi-instrumentalists --the effect is intoxicating. Appropriately for the title-track, Ton Jobim's Felicidade combines many of these elements in a kaleidoscopic celebration which Rojas concludes with a wide-ranging, three-minute cadenza against the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional del Paraguay on full display, including spectacular trombone riffs and sumptuously produced sound. …

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