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Carlos Paredes

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  • Born: Coimbra, Portugal
  • Died: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Years Active: 1960s, 1970s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

The Portuguese guitar is a 12-string instrument with double courses (string pairs) and a small body, similar in tone to the mandolin or Greek bouzouki. Its penetrating sound is championed by Carlos Paredes, a sensitive, even shy performer who balances tradition and spontaneous invention. His original approach was likened to the freshness of Ornette Coleman by bassist Charlie Haden, who is himself a minor cultural hero in Portugal.