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Baden Powell: At the Rio Jazz Club

Guitarist and composer Baden Powell stands as one of the last half-century’s pillars of Brazilian music. He combines extraordinary instrumental technique with a singular intermingling of willowy jazz, hot Brazilian urban sounds, sophisticated classical references and richly textured African cultural and musical traditions.

These two live recordings capture the guitarist and composer in a pensive and reflective mood during the last decade of his life. While the Iris disc was made in May 1990, the Brussels set was recorded in October 1999, less than a year before his death in Rio de Janeiro at age 63.

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