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Sete Capelas (Seven Chapels) by Marcos Amorim

Light, breezy, Brazilian jazz from a Rio de Janeiro native guitarist. Who better to deliver this rather tasty little project? Not being one who’d been exposed to this genre (at least not enough to offer meaningful feedback or even engage in semi-knowledgeable conversation on the subject), I found this offering to be different and, in many ways, buoyant. No wonder the Brazilians appear to be happy people! So, here I am, trying to get a firm grasp on this critically acclaimed guitarist who happens on the scene with his second release on Adventure Music. Being a former (and still dallying) guitarist, I can appreciate the crisp tones, harmonics, and gentle finessing of the strings offered by this obviously talented strummer. Mind you, I was not "won over" by this genre via this offering, but I was impressed with the man’s skill. The most ear-catching piece for me was track 6, "Lucky Stone," with its nice moderate tempo sway. Even though I’ve never had the pleasure of visit Brazil and I do believe it would be a pleasure--you can probably let your imagination run away with you on this cut. Track 7, the title track, definitely can be defined as jazz, maybe even a serious cross between Brazilian and straight-ahead jazz. Nice flute and drum work. In a nutshell, I don’t think that one has to definitely be into this South American flavor of jazz to truly appreciate it (although it would certainly help). As a first-time listener, you can appreciate the artistry without a doubt. Amorim is, by no means, an amateur. One could learn a few tricks of the trade from him.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Marcos Amorim
  • CD Title: Sete Capelas (Seven Chapels)
  • Genre: Brazilian Jazz / Brazilian Pop Jazz
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Adventure Music
  • Rating: Two Stars
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