Odair Assad & Sérgio Assad
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This album was recently reviewed on NPR and I was so inspired by the bits I heard that I went straight home and bought the download. At the risk of sounding like a philistine, I had no idea that the guitar was so versatile and instrument. Each piece is really a revelation of all the guitar is capable. One doesn't put this album on as background mood music; it challenges and demands from the go. The listener hears, throughout the recording, the guitarists' intakes of breath, and is reminded that this music is only RECORDED in a studio, but is CREATED in the deeper parts of these artists' souls. "Scaramouche: Brazileira" is a succinct thrill. "Rhapsody in Blue"? How can a piece so familiar and so linked to the fabric of Americana be so deftly re-interpreted while sacrificing none of its integrity? That kind of balancing act is what reveals Sérgio and Odair Assad as imaginative artists performing at their peak. For the unitiated or casual listener, which I most assuredly am myself, this music delivers excitement and life, but it is always approachable.
I was astonished when I heard this album! Especially when I heard Rhapsody in Blue. I didn't realized how versatile the guitar was until this album. It was an amazing performance by two wonderful musicians! LOVED IT!
If you are a purist. It doesn't get purer than this. Two Guitars that sounds like a Classical Guitar Quintet, Brazilian style. Check out Rhapsody in Blue