CD Live at Montreux [Digipak] [Gui Mallon] (CD 1045931),
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Live at Montreux [Digipak] [Gui Mallon]

  • 1. Baiao Tva
    2. Overture Montreux
    3. Marianne (Or Lost in New York)
    4. I Samba Intro
    5. II Pavana da Guanabara
    6. III Ipanema Sunset
    7. IV Canto Indio
    8. V Baiao
    9. VI Cadenza
    10. VII Brasil, Brazil
    11. VIII Samba Coda
    12. Jam Finale
    13. Hermetica II
    14. Lek
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1007

  • Credits
    ProducerGui Mallon
    EngineerJesper Merlyn

    Personnel: Gui Mallon (guitar); Glauko Santos Lima (spoken vocals); Santiago Jimnez, David Bjorkman (violin); Eva Fahlen (viola); Helena Espvall, Jonas Franke-Blom (cello); Anders Hagberg, Anna Sjodal (flute); Jonas Knutsson, Mikael Godee (saxophone); Stefan Wingefors (bass instrument); Amadeo Rodrigues, Kalle Af Ekenstam, Finn Bjornulfsson (percussion).
    Though not well-known among American Brazilian music fans, despite being on the road for 20 years, guitarist/composer Gui Mallon ought to gain a bigger following with the release of his eighth album -- his first on an American label. Here is one Brazilian who has something new to say in a vintage idiom, combining a 1960s bossa nova/samba sensibility, a sharp ear for good tunes, a flair for driving rhythm, and sophisticated third stream writing for strings and winds. Mallon's energetic acoustic guitar work is complemented by a versatile ensemble that he formed when he was based in Sweden -- and this band has no trouble getting a rise out of the discerning audience at the 1999 Montreux Jazz Festival. The strings are in configurations of duos, quartets, and quintets; the winds are two flutes or two saxophones -- and these musicians are not mere window-dressing slathered onto the band as a sweetener. The string parts often interweave with the rhythms -- and the wind players, obviously well-versed in jazz, are given plenty of worthwhile solo time. The centerpiece of the disc is the multi-part "Brasil, Brazil Suite," a seamless, beautifully played, percolating progression of pieces that seem to take listeners through the vast green interior of the country. As the suite seems to settle into a rumbling cadenza for Mallon's solo acoustic guitar, one that tells a complete short story in only a bit over a minute, the scene shifts abruptly as rapper Glauko Santos Lima jars listeners back to urban reality. Yes, there is a vital, inventive, Brazilian third stream route in the 21st century. ~ Richard S. Ginell

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