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Solo in Rio 1959

Luiz BonfaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B00079R052
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Luiz Bonfá, along with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell and Joao Gilberto, helped invent Brazilian Bossa Nova. "The whisper heard around the world" was budding during the 1950s but achieved full flower a decade later. It was a coolly intellectual yet irresistibly melodic marriage of African-derived samba rhythms with American jazz and French Existentialism. Bonfá eventually became world-famous due to his contributions to the score of Orfeo Negro, a much-honored film in which the tragic Greek legend was transmuted to Rio during Carnival time. The present tracks were produced by Emory Cook and this invaluable reissue not only revives a beautiful album but contains 15 previously unreleased tunes. The sonic environment is clear and spacious throughout, uncluttered by unnecessary studio adulterations. Bonfá was not a great singer but his wistful, straight-from-the-heart delivery makes mere technique seem showy and overdone. However, as a guitarist, he had no superiors and few peers. --Christina Roden

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal, intimate and introspective June 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This recording is the meeting of two virtuosos - one the brilliant Brazilian guitarist Luiz Bonfá (1922-2001) and the other a recording technician and ethnomusicologist, Emery Cook (1913-2002), who captured this solo performance with a battery-driven Nagra III on an evening in Rio more than 45 years ago. Issued originally on a Folkways LP, containing 17 tracks, this reissue on CD by the Smithsonian reproduces the entire recording session of 31 songs.

If you like the light, haunting and rhythmic touch of bossa nova (especially if you were around during its emergence in American popular music and jazz in the early 1960s), you'll thoroughly enjoy this CD. There are a few standards ("Tenderly," "Night and Day") and two versions of "Manhã de Carnival" from the film "Black Orpheus." And the rest are lesser known Bonfá compositions and spur of the moment improvisations, one flowing easily from the other.

The CD comes with a 32-page booklet featuring a lengthy biography and appreciation by guitarist-composer-writer Anthony Weller and a track-by-track commentary on each song. Personal, intimate and introspective, this recording will give many hours of pleasure.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous recording ! May 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
(...)The quality of the recording is just as amazing. All too frequently, you have to settle for a poor quality recording for 40 or 50 year old performances. The depth and clarity of this recording makes it sound like Sr. Bonfa is right in the room with me. This is an all around great performance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buona Bonfa April 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've just listened to it once, but this CD, like the music Luiz Bonfa composed, is immediately accessible. Encumbered neither by other musicians, nor "effects", we hear Bonfa just as he must have sounded when he sat and played in a very natural, relaxed venue. His technique (including "devices" such as the bush stroke that, if he didn't invent or develop, cannot be used better by any other guitarist with whom I'm familiar) allows him to focus on creating completely authentic music.

This is also an historically interesting CD, with an excellent booklet which provides a great deal of pertinent information about an artist who really deserves much more attention by those who discuss the great acoustic (or classical/ nylon-string) guitarists of the 20th century.

And the best part of the whole package is: the music!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really amazing August 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the first time I had heard Luiz Bonfa's playing, although his name was mentioned in Castro's book on the history of Bossa Nova. Every song on this CD is absolutely amazing. Even though many songs are less than 5 minutes long, they pack so much feeling in them. Luiz' voice is also a real pleasure to listen to.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonfa, Brazilian Master August 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This has been an extremely hard to find audio recording from the legendary Brazilian guitarist/composer Luiz Bonfa. Amazingly, the producers included other takes of some of Bonfa's classics which I have never before heard.

Bonfa's guitar virtuosity and composition work are a joy for both guitarists and non-guitarists to enjoy.

I consider this to be a 'must have' collection

The title has been changed from the original A Voila de Luiz Bonfa to Solo in Rio. Buy it - you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, hot, n spicy! June 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I do not know much about Latin Music in general or Bossa Nova in particular but I do know quality! Solo in Rio 1959 by Luiz Bonfa has incandescent, melodious-genial, tranquillity! Of course paltry words can not express the beauty of Bonfa's music you must experience it... now!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Bossa Nova, Virtuoso Guitar February 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I never heard of Luis Bonfa before I listened to an NPR segment about great musical CDs. They played a short clip of Sambolero; I was mesmerized. Considering that this was recorded on what amounts to a simple tape recorder back in 1959, the sound is amazing. Just the guitar and occasionally Bonfa's voice. A Brazilian in New York is humorous and quite eccentric. Manha de Carnaval is at the heart of the bossa nova sound, which, by the way, is just as subtle and moving as it was when it was "popular". This is a great CD for anyone who loves good music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime April 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This CD illustrates beautifully why Luiz Bonfa is considered one of the most important and influential Brazilian guitarists ever. No collection of Brazilian guitar music (or quality guitar music of any genre for that matter) is complete without this sublime recording. Excellent liner notes by an accomplished writer/musician who really knows this man's music are icing on a delicious cake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Undoubted Guitar Great
This c.d. gives a good overall view of the amazingly talented Luiz Bonfa.For fifty years he has been one of my great heros. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R WILLMOTT
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok not excellent wish it was better
While good it doesn't reach the level of other recordings which are sadly only on vinyl the best of which is Luiz Bonfá - Violão Boêmio (1957) which sadly has not been... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and light with incredible playing
I am a casual Brazilian music fan. I heard one of his cut on Pandora and searched it out.
This CD is a bit hard to find and is not on iTunes or Amazon. Read more
Published 12 months ago by N. Hyland
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of classic recordings by a genius
These recordings are in the Smithsonian for very good reasons. If a desert island disc as ever issued, this is one of them.
Published 12 months ago by N. T. LEVINGS
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I lost, or misplaced, my Bonfa records from the '60's. What a wonderful CD that takes me back to the mastery of these genius.
Published 20 months ago by Richard Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Bouncy and relaxing Brazilian music
This is Bonfa's firstSolo in Rio 1959 and best album. There are many cuts here, and none are more than a few minutes long. Mr. Read more
Published on August 29, 2010 by GaCracker
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my bag, but it might be yours
Solo guitar. Simple and honest. Expertly played. So what's not to like? I didn't dislike this album. Not at all. It's very easy listening. Read more
Published on November 16, 2009 by Eric J. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" CD!
Luiz Bonfa was one of the original creators of Bossa Nova music. This CD is one of his best. His guitar playing was superb and astounding. Read more
Published on March 30, 2008 by Peter Chordas
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chairman loves this!
I am in awe. His superb musicianship surpasses my other favorite, the Jobim Songbook.
Published on June 11, 2007 by Alex Lau
5.0 out of 5 stars Solo in Rio 1959
Luiz Bonfa has to be one of best classical style guitar players I'll ever hear during my lifetime. Luiz Bonfa is not a singer. Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by L. Y. N.
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