Espiritu is majestic. Brazilian pianist Guilherme Vergueiro teams up with seven-string guitarist Carlos dos Santos for this timeless album. From the opening track, a 10-minute, glorious rendition of K-Ximbinho’s “Ternura (Tenderness),” the union of piano and guitar is perfect in every way and the notes flow smoothly as if coming from a single celestial instrument. The music’s ethereal feel is what every musician longs to accomplish when playing classic works by Pixinguinha, Ary Barroso, Lupiscinio Rodrigues and Nelson Cavaquinho. Sometimes Vergueiro and Santos are simple and pure in their renditions, as with Pixinguinha’s “Ingenuo (Naive).” At other times, however, these two virtuosos astound your senses: Rodrigues’ “Se Acaso Voce Chegasse (In Case You Came By)” quietly moves from its unison introduction to a whirlwind performance of guitar excellence.
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