Laurindo Almeida - Manha De Carnaval
----------------My apologies for being absent from the blogosphere for the past two days. Got caught up in studio time and other sorts of reckless shenanigans over the weekend, and didn't find the time to plunge my creative senses into a pool of new music.
Last night I was introduced to the art of Laurindo Almeida, a Brazilian classical guitarist. A prolific and delightful talent, Almeida produced over thirty (!) albums throughout his career up until his death in 1995. A friend of mine with a flair for Latin music waited two weeks for his copy of Almeida's eighth album, Guitar From Ipanema, ordered off Amazon.com and shipped all the way from Japan.
Despite the turbulent journey the album took to reach American ears, the album is blissfully cool with colorful jazz guitar, chirping and singing flutes, and the occasional whistler. "Manha De Carnaval" goes down smoother than Dulce de Leche, with sleepy guitar and lullaby flute gliding over a quiet samba. Just from listening to Guitar From Ipanema all day long, my Sunday in the mountains has felt like a fantastic getaway to South America.