John McLaughlin: Manha De Carnaval
Manha De Carnaval
John McLaughlin (acoustic guitar)
The Guitar Trio (Verve 314 533 215-2)
Composed by Luiz Bonfa.
Recorded: Wiltshire, England, Summer 1996
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
McLaughlin has been playing the Brazilian standard "Manha De Carnaval," sometimes called "Black Orpheus" because of the movie it came from, since at least 1980 when he performed it in trio with Larry Coryell and Paco De Lucia. This is a duet with Al Di Meola. John is the stronger lyrical player even though you would tend to think any Latin music would be more of Di Meola's bailiwick. The tune's sad but optimistic melody is the perfect canvas for McLaughlin to paint washes of nuance.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky