Live – Skirball Cultural Center 8/7/03 (Kufala Recordings Kuf 0043, 2003)
Brazil is a gold mine for musical talent. Every year new Brazilian musicians are brought to the attention of the international community. Some of them are here to stay, but others are excessively hyped, overproduced and their names quickly fade away.
Guitarist Vinicius Cantuária is an artist that has been around for a while, but he hasn’t received the attention he deserves. He doesn’t use recording gimmicks. Instead, his main strengths are his guitar technique, his ability as a composer and a great live performance. As many of his country mates, Cantuária combines jazz with Brazilian sounds, including bossa nova and samba, but he goes beyond easy to listen grooves. His guitar sound is similar to that of jazz experimentalists like Bill Frisell (whom he has collaborated with), with a clear Brazilian feel.
This live album, Live is one of the freshest live albums this reviewer has heard in a recent months. Cantuária
presents a set of pieces that range from dreamtime minimalism to guitar-percussion jams, intimate bossa nova and even Brazilian classics like “Carioca.” The album was recorded on an August night in the hills of Los Angeles at the Skirball Cultural Center.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.