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Released: October 28, 1993
1.Na Baixa Do Sapateiro
2.Aquarela Do Brasil
3.No Rancho Fundo
4.Feitico de Vila
7.E Luxo So / No Tabuleiro Da Bahiana
8.Feitio de Oracao
9.Conversa de Botequim
11.Pra que Mentir
Personnel: Marco Pereira (guitar), Cristovao Bastos (piano), Marcos Suzano, Henrique Cazes, Jorginho Do "Pandeiro."
Recorded in 1992.
A good encounter indeed, Bons Encontros finds Brazilian guitarist Marco Pereira and pianist Cristovao Bastos in spare duet settings (plus occasional subtle percussion), performing the tunes of two of Brazil's most renowned composers of the '30s and '40s, Ary Barroso and Noel Rosa. Although Barroso was always one of Brazil's most popular composers -- a sort of local equivalent to Duke Ellington whose sophisticated tunes like "Aquarela do Brasil" and "No Tabuleiro da Bahiana" are still beloved standards -- it was only after Rosa's death at the age of 26 that his genius for combining popular music and samba (previously a marginal, low-class form of music played by and for Brazil's underclass) became fully appreciated. Ironically, Rosa's tunes sound even better in these settings than Barroso's; his subtle and often second-hand influence on iconoclastic talents like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil is evident in the sly, witty treatments Pereira and Bastos give to tunes like "Tres Apitos" and "As Pastorinhas." A warm and thoroughly entertaining album, Bons Encontros is an eye-opener for those who thought Brazil's popular music started with Antonio Carlos Jobim. ~ Stewart Mason
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