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Solo in Rio 1959

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Pernambuco
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Night and Day
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Shearing
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Sambolero
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Calypso Minor
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Uma Prece [A Prayer]
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Bonfabuloso
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Quebra Mar [The Seawall]
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Luzes do Rio [Lights of Rio]
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Perdido de Amor [Lost in Love]
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Manha de Carnaval
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Amor sem Adeus [Love without Goodbye]
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Variações em Violão [Variations on Guitar]
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Seringueiro
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Chopin
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Na Baixa do Sapateiro [In the Shoemaker's Hollow]
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Murder
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A Brazilian in New York
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Prelude to Adventure in Space
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Tenderly
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Blue Madrid
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Marcha Escocesa [Scottish March]
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Fanfarra [Fanfare]
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Samba de Orfeu
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Manha de Carnaval 2
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Perdido de Amor 2
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Sambolero 2
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Quebra Mar 2
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Seringueiro Excerpt
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Seringueiro 2
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Luzes do Rio 2
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Album Information
EDITOR'S PICK // LIVE

Total Tracks: 31   Total Length: 67:48

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Gorgeous

tancilivich

absolutely one of the loveliest albums imaginable.

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Fine bitrate for a mono recording

BenUptheTree

I know Hugo might be appalled to see a bitrate average of about 128kbs, but these are mono recordings which means the VBR encoder has shared the quality across both stereo tracks which are identical. One guy, one guitar, one audio track. So don't worry about the quality. It's actually closer to 256kbs, but only using half the bitrate because of the mono information. That's how 'joint stereo' works. Happy listening!

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background music

jonathan.nayoblie

Luiz Bonfa's bonhomie playing style is great background guitar music, even better than, for example, Django Reinhardt (in terms of background music). I listen to it while reading, and strikes a balance between boredom and distraction well.

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Dang, Low Bitrate

hugo

I wasn't too worried about blowing 31 downloads on this album, as the quality of the music justifies the expense. I just love the hell out of this stuff. My only gripe is the low bitrate--averaging around 125kbps VBR across the entire album. I know the original recording setup was pretty low-tech, but I still wish this would have been ripped at a higher bitrate. If you're balking at either the high track count or low bitrate and still want this, you owe it to yourself to buy the dang ol' CD.

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BOMBARDED BY BONFA?

WORLDSPIN

Nice selection - For me....tracks 1-2-3-7-8-11-13-15-17-20-23-24...if you like jolly little upbeat numbers, or run a small family restaurant, then add tracks 9-16-19-21-28-31. salucio! (or however it's pronounced!!!!)

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smooth, relaxing, loungey

Uly

I absolutely enjoyed this...smooth, relaxing, loungey...But c'mon 31 downloads!!! Yeap, pick and choose. great guitar playing.

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Nice on a quiet summers evening

Namahage

A wonderfully relaxed album for chilling to, with added kitsch value and the ability to transport you to another time and place. Amazing guitar playing. As for the comment about being too long, definitely pick and choose. It's a case of swings and roundabouts on e-music. I don't mind being charged a whole song download for a 1:30 song when I can also download a 53min (Thievery Corporations AOL final remix) song from the same site.

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31, but worth it

DaveInIL

The vocal stuff is good too. Nothing really not to recommend about this. Really amazing guitar work.

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Thanks, itsrob!

amelio

@itsrob: That's been most helpful indeed - a very good selection PLUS the criteria - suits me perfectly what with exactly 21 DLs remaining!

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21 downloads if you edit a bit

itsrob

Man, this guy rivals Django in my book. Like some other reviewers, I preferred the songs without vocals, and also preferred the bossa nova and samba tracks over the oddities like the scottish march. So I managed to get what I wanted, a nice 45 minute selection of Bonfa, in 21 downloads instead of 31. I skipped tracks 4, 10, 12, 14, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, and 30. Hope this helps.

They Say All Music Guide

Solo in Rio 1959 stands as a classic in the massive Luiz Bonfa catalog. Originally issued on the Cook label — named for its owner, famed audio engineer Emory Cook — it remained a favorite of the guitarist’s throughout his lifetime. The Emory Cook Collection is housed and managed by the Smithsonian and as such, Folkways is able to re-release this masterpiece on CD with many added treasures — there is an additional half-hour of music on the CD. The original featured 17 cuts. The new version contains 32, including an early version of “Samba de Orfeu.” While it is true that it is the guitarist and composer’s most famous composition and he recorded it many times, this is the only one on solo guitar. This is the first time it appears anywhere. Also included are two versions of the celebrated “Manhã de Carnaval.” The second read is a more up-tempo and shorter version that is breathless in its beauty. Other well-known Bonfa compositions that have alternates here are “Perdido de Amor,” “Sambolero,” “Quebra Maer,” and “Luzes do Rio.” Another gem is the startling “Prelude to an Adventure in Space,” with its hard swinging samba that transmutes into a dirge-like bolero on a dime. Solo in Rio 1959 offers an early hearing of Bonfa as fully developed, in possession of a stunning range of styles and techniques, all of them employable in the service of the song. The deep lyricism and harmonic richness of Bonfa’s playing is unlike anything else before or since. Solo in Rio 1959 is a historic release, and one that will hopefully alert an entirely new generation to the work of this master of the guitar. In addition to the beautifully remastered music in this package, there is a fine biographical and musicological essay by Anthony Weller. – Thom Jurek

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