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Album Review

San Francisco's Boca Do Rio gives another twist to the idea of a Brazilian-American third stream (indeed, its name means "mouth of the river" in Portuguese), coming up with a gently grooving yet surprisingly original sound in its debut album. Boca Do Rio's leader and driving creative force Kevin Welch comes by his Brazilian passions honestly, having lived under the equator and completed doctoral work on Brazilian ecology at UC Davis. He also found time to absorb the Brazilian musical ethos, but doesn't let that knowledge inhibit him, coming up with some infectious tracks that avoid clichés and borrow freely from North America without overwhelming the Brazilian roots (check out the solid dancehall groove in "Pra Bahia"). He writes intriguing, tuneful original material, rambling all over the place from his passions for ecology ("Sweet Seed"), economic reform ("Os Outros Malandros") ("The Other Thieves"), enjoying life ("Beija Quem"), and even Greek mythology ("Eurydice Arising" is a gorgeous example of that) to the usual all-purpose topic of love. Welch's bright tenor-pitched singing voice isn't all that distinctive but he uses it confidently, moving easily and capably back and forth between English and Portuguese. Welch's Brazilian and American cohorts — six regular bandmembers including himself, and five guests hired for the sessions — give him a wide palette of sounds to play with, and some good jazz licks turn up from them in open spaces. Definitely worth several spins on your local world music radio outlet. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Simply and Amazing Album

I'm not normally a listener of Latin music, but Boca do Rio has opened my eyes and my ears. It's very interesting without being too harsh; an excellent choice for a night with friends. Absolutely one of my favorite albums, ever.

Simply the Best

This has been my favorite Brazilian album for the past 5 years. I listen to alot of new artists from SP and they dont hold a candle to Boca do Rio!

KimoShim from the past blasting out to Kevin

Man Kev always love your music and the way you put it down, of course with all the wonderful musicians you bring with you..
El Bo Room to the Rhythm and Motion Center Rep'n SF ..
Bay Area Love from SD....


Formed: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '00s

Formed as an offshoot of the seven-piece Vivendo de Pao, San Francisco-based Boca Do Rio (the name is Portuguese for "mouth of the river") mixes jazz improvisation with Brazilian roots music, neatly combining two musical cultures in seamless integration. Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Kevin Welch is the leader of both ensembles. Welch had an extended stay in Brazil in the early '90s and found himself fascinated and immersed in the samba music of the region, and returning to California, he formed...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Brazilian, Music
  • Released: Mar 10, 2006

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