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Born in São Paulo in 1950, Paulo Bellinati is one of Brazil's most accomplished contemporary guitarists. He studied classical guitar with Isaias Sávio and graduated from the Conservatory Dramático e Musical of São Paulo. From 1975 to 1980, Bellinati lived in Switzerland, continuing his musical studies at the Conservatory of Geneva and teaching at the Conservatory of Lausanne. He also performed with his own group in many European jazz festivals including the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Ozone Jazz in Neuchâtel, and the Festival du Bois de La Batîe in Geneva.

Bellinati's active international career has taken him to Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Besides performing solo concerts and giving master classes in many international guitar festivals, he also tours with the American bassist Steve Swallow, the Brazilian singer Mônica Salmaso, the Brazilian flutist Antonio Carrasqueira, and some top European musicians including Renaud Garcia-Fons, Jean-Louis Matinier, Lucilla Galeazzi, and Antonio Placer. He
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Guitares du Brésil
Third Stream 1991
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The Guitar Works of Garoto
Third Stream 1991
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Serenata
Third Stream 1993
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Afro-Sambas (with Mônica Salmaso)
Latin Jazz 1997
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Lira Brasileira
Third Stream 1997
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A Felicidade
Third Stream 2008

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PAULO BELLINATI Lira Brasileira

Album · 1997 · Third Stream
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Of all albums by Paulo Bellinati, this is arguably the least jazzy. All songs here were written and performed by himself - which implies there is not even one of his superb interpretations of Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim, Baden Powell or João Gilberto. That might drive foreign listeners looking for a more familiar Brazilian sound - that is, Bossa Nova.

Which brings to my point: Brazil is not only about Bossa Nova. Each song of "Lira Brasileira" is a typical rhytm from the country, and might be thought as a picture of the sheer richness of Brazilian music.

Mr. Bellinati used to be, hands down, one of the best guitarists of Brazil, until his right hand was injured ( nowadays he can only play with a pick), a condition afforded by his extensive classical training. I am always impressed by his technique, which is displayed masterfully throughout the album, such as on "Chuva e Mar" ("Rain and Sea"): the arpeggios resemble the raindrops falling over the sea and the crashing of waves AT THE SAME TIME.

I must also praise his writting skills: most of the songs are wonderful, although I'm not so fond of "Alvoroço" and "Dama-da-Noite". He manages to mimic the typical instruments of maracatu on "Embaixador" - my personal favourite -, like an agogô (listen to the song here and google "agogô" - you'll see what I mean). I would also like to highlight "Cordão de Ouro" - a clear nod to Baden Powell's "Berimbau" -, "Chuva e Mar", which I mentioned above and is just gorgeous, and "Emboscada", a sample of the upbeat and even sort of funky xaxado.

As much as I'd like to write about all songs, I believe I've taken too long on this review and that my words wouldn't be enough to describe the songs very well. I hope my review, along with the samples here, convince you to buy and listen "Lira Brasileira".

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