05/21/12 By Tony Ananias
Toninho Horta. Something to remember!
Member of a generation of musicians that changed the brazillian music.
Member of a generation of musicians that came with the Miners Club Corner, guitarist Antonio Mauricio Horta de Melo made his debut in 1969 in the studio, recording with Nivaldo Ornellas. But it was only three years after it began to attract attention, while attending a track on the album "Clube da Esquina" alongside Milton Nascimento. The work served as a showcase for big names in Brazilian music of the 60s and 70s. Edu Lobo, Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Nana Caymmi and Joyce were among the artists with whom Toninho Horta shared the stage and studio at this time.
He was known for his guitar virtuosity and became the idol of many guitarists and composers. For two consecutive years (1977 and 1978), the British magazine Melody Maker elected him among the top ten guitarists in the world.
Despite this recognition, his first solo album ("Land of Birds") just came out in 1980. But the guitarist managed to recover the time "lost". The work opened the way for an international career, and Toninho Horta moved to the United States. Gained prestige among American musicians and fans alike in Europe and Japan during his visit to other countries, played with Pat Metheny, Sergio Mendes, Gil Evans Orchestra, Flora Purim, Astrud Gilberto, Joe Pass, Airto Moreira and Eliane Elias, among various others. In Brazil, played a memorable II Free Jazz Festival (1985) along with Toots Thielemans and Bob McFerrin.
After eight years without releasing a solo album, the guitarist wrote "Diamond Land" in the United States. He settled permanently in New York in 1990, and returned to devote himself to his own compositions. Since then he has released over ten albums, most in the international market. One of the most recent CD is "From Ton to Tom," in honor of Tom Jobim.
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