The bossa has been around for decades, but with few exceptions (Charlie Byrd comes to mind) most non- Brazilian artists tend to misinterpret the form's subtle rhythm. This track is the real McCarlos; guitarists aspiring to capture that Brazil vibe could find no greater example than the flawless, pearl-shaped lines Toninho lays down on "Portrait in Black and White," going down smooth as a freshly shaken Caipirinha. The layers of string and flute enhancement are deep but somehow never interfere with the melody's quiet introspection. Horta's breathy vocals and assured, warm guitar work get ample backing from a crack rhythm section and his soaring, dreamy orchestral arrangement. This is a masterful interpretation of Jobim's classic.
February 04, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: jobim tribute
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