The great Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima demonstrates his remarkable contrapuntal approach to the nylon-stringed instrument on this collection of moving choros, sprightly chorinhos and alluring sambas. He plumbs the depths of his own Brazilian music roots in arranging several classic pieces from the turn of the century to the mid-1920s by renowned composer Ernesto Nazareth, who is to choro what Scott Joplin was to ragtime. Other composers represented in this vibrant collection are Paulo Bellinati ("A Love of Waltz"), Antonio Carlos Jobim ("One-Note Samba," "Desafinado"), Columbian composer Alvaro Dalmar ("I Am," "Love Poem"), Alfredo da Rocha Vianna Filho ("Whispering," "Tenderly," "1 to 0") and Luis Bonfa ("Samba From Orpheus").
While a majority of the tunes here are performed solo by Barbosa-Lima, clearly revealing his uncanny technique, he is given sparse accompaniment on a few pieces by percussionist Duduka da Fonseca and bassist Nilson Matta (of Trio da Paz). Mandolinist Marcilio Lopes joins in on two Nazareth compositions ("Brejeiro" and "Odeon"), and vocalist Danny Rivera appears on three dramatic compositions by Puerto Rican composer Ernesto Cordero ("Renunciation," "Between the Guitar and the Voice" and "The Voice of the Guiro").
Carioca is a beautiful showcase by a masterful exponent of the great Brazilian guitar tradition.