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Marco Pereira: Essence

Pereira, the Brazilian master of classical guitar, here performs with his trio plus one special guest. Having toured with Ralph Towner, Pereira now joins forces with another Oregon alumnus, multi-instrumentalist Paul McCandless, on four of the 10 cuts. The music on Essence is very melodic and mostly romantic, played with understated emotion and technical brilliance.

As is his wont, the guitarist chooses compositions by several historic figures from the vast treasure of Brazilian music. “Suite Baden Powell” encompasses four Baden Powell tunes, two co-written with Vinicius de Moraes (“O Astronauta” and “Deixa”), and two with Cesar Pinheiro (“Vou Deitar e Rolar” and “Cai Dentro”). Zé do Norte’s “Mulher Rendeira” is a popular song of the 1950s, while “Luz Negra” is by Nelson Cavaquinho, one of the greatest samba composers. “Xódo da Baiana” was written by an icon of Brazilian classical guitar, Dilermando Reis. There are also pieces by João Gilberto, “Um Abraço no Bonfá,” and by Antonio Carlos Jobim, “Eu te Amo.” Pereira throws in a tender solo rendition of Nicholas Brodsky’s “Be My Love,” in addition to two of his own creations, the delicate “Plainte” and the sprightly “Carioca.”

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