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Carlos Barbosa-Lima's second outing for Zoho Music, entitled Siboney, bears the mark of a master. The playlist is primarily solo guitar adaptations of Latin American favorites such as "Guantanamera," "Drume Negrita," and the title cut, "Siboney." There are, however, a number of delightfully spirited ensemble pieces, including "Mambo No. 5," "Tico Tico," and "Cachita." Barbosa-Lima's expert ensemble consists of New York Latin jazz greats and Zoho labelmates such as drummer Dafnis Prieto, Latin piano legend Oscar Hernandez, bass player Eddie Gómez, and conguero Pepe Torres. It is clear that the guitar hero does best when on his own, as he is often either smothered or lost in the shuffle of a larger ensemble. His solo arrangements are well thought out, sensitive, and often deliciously minimalist. The disc is sonically warm and present, especially in solo or duo format. When Barbosa-Lima is joined by more than one other musician, however, the mix becomes clumsy. Though Siboney is hit or miss, at 20 tracks there are plenty of winners to outweigh the occasional awkward moment. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi
This album shows the brillancy of Carlos Barbosa-lima. Fantastic all along. Get this entire album, you will love it! "Aquarela do Brasil", "Tico Tico", "Guantanamera", "Solamente una Vez", "Perfidia", all songs are great ! Superb album! What else could you ask for?
Perfect music for a relaxing Sunday afternoon or during a dinner party or anything that involves food.
Born: December 17, 1944 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s