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Editors’ Notes

Brazilian singer/songwriter, percussionist, and guitarist Vinícius Cantuária worked in a variety of idioms in his native land before he headed to New York in the ‘90s. Guitarist Bill Frisell has worked in countless settings, but he’s best known for fusing jazz, folk, blues, and country into a sound often referred to as Americana. The two have collaborated on several releases: Cantuária’s Tucumá, Vinícius and Horse and Fish, and Frisell’s The Intercontinentals. On 2011’s Lagrimas Mexicanas, the duo focuses on their mellow side. Many of the album’s songs are inspired by Cantuária’s encounter with New York City’s rich and varied Latino community. The Brazilian has an appealing, easy-going voice and here he sings in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. “Mi Declaración” has a vocal melody that evokes a bolero or a balada and the tune works nicely as it is layered over delicate guitars and subtle ambient colorings. Like a number of pieces by Frisell, “El Camino” evokes a road movie, and “Forinfas,” the sort of old-timey song that Caetano Veloso — who recorded Cantuária’s “Lua e Estrela”— might sing, closes this pleasing album.

Customer Reviews


Jazz guitar great meets Mexican, a stellar album

Getz Gilberto in Mexico

Heard this on NPR and ordered it as soon as I got home. It will mix well with Getz Gilberto, Cesaria Evora and Buena Vista Social Club.

great cd!!

Great voice Vinicius!! i'm your fan since i was living in Brazil!! love your music!! Love your sexy voice!


Born: March 18, 1951 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The defining characteristic of any given jazz musician is frequently his sound. The more control a player has over the nature of that sound, the more likely he is to project a distinctive musical personality. For example, a saxophonist has virtually unlimited physical control of the sound that comes through his horn, and therefore a wide range of tonal expression at his command, which partially explains the disproportionate number of saxophonists in the pantheon of great jazz musicians. On the other...
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