John McLaughlin: Manha De Carnaval


Manha De Carnaval


John McLaughlin (acoustic guitar)


The Guitar Trio (Verve 314 533 215-2)

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John McLaughlin (acoustic guitar), Al Di Meola (acoustic guitar).

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

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