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Album Review

Guinga is one of the best composers discovered in the late 20th century in Brazil, in spite of his some decades in the business. His music is deeply Brazilian and he never resorts to clichés or commercial tricks. On the contrary, his angular melodies and uncanny harmonic progressions, deeply influenced by modern erudite music, over sambas, choros, and canções, are challenging both for performers and audiences. This is his very first solo album and has all lyrics by Aldir Blanc — as always, excellent urban chronicles in poetry. On this album, Guinga's own violão (which excels both in harmonizing and improvising) is joined by such talents as Chico Buarque, Cláudio Nucci, Leila Pinheiro, Paulinho Malaguti, Ivan Lins, Zé Renato, Leny Andrade, Be Happy, and others.


Born: 1950

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Guinga began his musical studies as a self-taught violonista at 13. Later, he would deepen his apprenticeship of classical violão. At 16, he began to write his own compositions and in 1967, he presented one of them at II FIC (Rede Globo, Rio). In 1973, MPB-4 recorded two of his songs written with the illustrious Paulo César Pinheiro: "Conversa Com o Coração" and "Maldição de Ravel." Always flirting with the musical scenery, but was unable to make a living in it (as many sincere artists in Brazil)....
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