terça-feira, 22 de junho de 2010


I am proud to announce that my CD Love, Carnival and Dreams that I recorded in 1994 with Ron Carter on bass and Robertinho Silva on drums is available for the first time outside Brazil on I Tunes and all other major digital stores around the world. It was recorded after 10 performances in Rio de Janeiro and when we went to São Paulo to do four more we took two mornings to record it. Unfortunately it was only released in Brazil, but now I can share it with the world. Below, the review I got it in the U.S. I hope you all like it and buy it.

Album Review

A hot release by the Brazilian pianist that demonstrates the differences between bossa nova and samba. This fertile association with bassist Ron Carter and Brazilian drummer Robertinho Silva opens with the energetic sambão "Caindo No Samba." "Nova Ilusão" has a more meditative quality, but Robertinho's drumming is based in samba-canção with just a few bossa glimpses. "Love, Carnival & Dreams" opens its way as a percussive samba with powerful piano attacks and a catchy melody. "Chorando Por Dentro" evokes the choro atmosphere, with its romantic solo piano directly reminiscent of European doleful melodies, the choro basslines and the chord sequences enriched by a modern erudite treatment. "Argumentando"'s beautiful theme is exposed in a genuinely Brazilian choro rendition by the ensemble. "Subindo O Morro," another moderately paced samba, with its slash chords, is immediately evocative of a Chopin harmonization that is dear to Brazilians in general. "Amor Proibido" is presented through a bossa nova rendition with a categorical bass solo. "Noites Vazias," a heartfelt ad-lib theme, is delivered with sensitivity, being replaced by the explosive "Sempre," a choro played as samba as hotly as possible. "Despedida" brings again the melancholic, romantic yet at the same time jumpy and happy feel of Brazilian choro. "Só Dá Mangueira" pays tribute to the important samba school through a fast-paced samba. Rodgers' "My Romance" is true to its American ad-feeling feeling in the intro, then gives room for a bossa nova swinging rendition. "True Love," a tempo moderato samba, is also played as bossa, delivering it for "Samba Do Brilho," a slow samba, romantic and longing, to close an album ideally suited for those who like Brazilian rhythms in a jazzy setting performed by extremely competent musicians.

The I Tunes link for this release is http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=378809474

All the best, Guilherme Vergueiro.

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