Picks and Pans Review: The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim & George Gershwin
Here is a crossover that isn't standard; it's from classical to jazz. Barbosa-Lima, in his mid-30s, born in Brazil and now a New Jerseyite, has performed classical guitar with many of the world's major orchestras and says Bach was his greatest inspiration. His first nonclassical album is a splendid blend of discipline and adventurousness. Barbosa-Lima plays thoughtful solo renditions of such familiar songs as Jobim's Corcovado (Quiet Nights) and Gershwin's The Man I Love. But he also offers Jobim's less familiar Estrada Branca (This Happy Madness) as well as Gershwin's Merry Andrew. He plays with the resonance of classical guitarist Andrés Segovia, his former teacher, and with the fancy of jazzman Django Reinhardt. This is a wonderful album.
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