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Doug Munro: Big Boss Bossa Nova

Doug Munro, who has written a number of books on guitar playing in addition to releasing several albums, began to build a repertoire around the nylon-string guitar following a residency at a Brazilian restaurant in Port Chester, N.Y. Big Boss Bossa Nova is the result of that period and features Javon Jackson (tenor sax), Ray Vega (trumpet, flugelhorn), Harvie S (bass) and Richie Morales (drums) joining the guitarist.

While the idea of his acoustic guitar in a bossa nova setting sounds great on paper, the combination never really gels. The rhythm section plays safely and rigidly without really meshing with Monro’s guitar. Despite his facility, Monro’s clean tone sounds out of place among the slick electric accompaniment.

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