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Charlie Byrd/Herb Ellis/Mundell Lowe: The Return of The Great Guitars

Anyone who remembers the 1970s recordings of the trio called The Great Guitars-consisting of Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel-knows that boastful name was no misnomer. Those albums contain great guitar music, delivered by artists who are genuine masters of their craft. This Great Guitars project is a reunion, almost-Kessel suffered a stroke a … Read More “Charlie Byrd/Herb Ellis/Mundell Lowe: The Return of The Great Guitars”

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Sergio Mendes: Oceano

Anybody with an interest in Brazilian vocals will want to hear Mendes’ latest. The vocalists are Mendes himself, his wife, Gracinha Leporace-Mendes, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Simone, Joe Pizzulo, and a slew of background vocalists on practically every number. Only two of 13 tunes are instrumental. These, “Capivara” and “Vale da Ribeira,” feature Brazilian multi-instrumentalist … Read More “Sergio Mendes: Oceano”

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