Paulinho Garcia: My Very Life

Brazilian guitarist-vocalist Paulinho Garcia showcases some of the lesser-known rhythms of his native country on this appealing disc. On the engaging baiao “Cintura Fina,” he exhibits some freewheeling scatting and a rhythmically charged comping style, then reveals his romantic side on the intimate bolero “Ponto de Encontro.” The lively “Chorinho Novo” flies along with electric guitarist Mike Allemana doubling Garcia’s brisk vocal line. Grazyna Auguscik appears as Garcia’s vocal partner on the alluring baiao “Do You Remember Me?” “E Quando” introduces a Carnival-styled marcha rancho beat while “Disfrutando a Boa Vida” is a festive frevo with fiery fretboard work by Ernie Denov.