John McLaughlin: Frevo Rasgado
Friday Night in San Francisco (Columbia CK 37152)
Composed by Egberto Gismonti.
Recorded: San Francisco, CA, December 5, 1980
Rating: 99/100 (learn more)
Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Egberto Gismonti's popular "Frevo Rasgado" has proven to be the perfect vehicle for John McLaughlin to show his multifaceted skills for many years now. Live in performance duet with the great flamenco guitarist Paco De Lucia, McLaughlin shows his arranging skills, jazz and flamenco-style chops, his stop-and-start-on-the-side-of-a-dime control, his masterly comping for another of the world's best guitarists, and his improvising genius. For extra measure, he throws in some drama by displaying pyrotechnics and show-business tricks. "Frevo," as it is often called for short, may be too international in flavor and too difficult to play to become a major part of the everyday standard jazz repertoire, but it deserves to be.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky