Serenata

Serenata

by Mike Marshall
     
 

To say that this recording is a surprise is an understatement. It is a shock, but not in the way one might expect. First off, this duet appearance by mandolinist Mike Marshall and pianist Jovino Santos Neto is a collection of compositions by the great Brazilian wizard Hermeto Pascoal. Pascoal is easily the most prolific and challenging of Brazil's master musician…  See more details below

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To say that this recording is a surprise is an understatement. It is a shock, but not in the way one might expect. First off, this duet appearance by mandolinist Mike Marshall and pianist Jovino Santos Neto is a collection of compositions by the great Brazilian wizard Hermeto Pascoal. Pascoal is easily the most prolific and challenging of Brazil's master musician class and his music transcends all boundaries and genres. Neto is Pascoal's pianist and has been for over 15 years; he is also the executor of his musical estate --though the master is still very much alive, he's too busy composing to trifle with details. He and Marshall teamed with a number of other musicians to offer Pascoal in a unique way. They succeed in spades and perhaps too well. The material here, most of which has never been heard before, is either from a radically subdued side of Pascoal's harmonic personality, has been wildly reinterpreted, or sometimes both. This is not to say that "Serenata" is in any way a failure or something that is not desirable. Quite the opposite: if anything it is the most listenable recording of the man's music ever issued because it finds its aesthetic space and stays in it. And while their approach is seamless, warm, human, and accessible, it lacks wildness and vision; it settles too easily for feeling rather than challenge. Most listeners will never notice this and it just needed something a little bit edgier. That said, this is nonetheless a fine recording and one that should be heard and appreciated by anyone interested in modern Brazilian music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
Adventure Music
UPC:
0823421100124
catalogNumber:
1001
Rank:
346696

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Sertão Alagoano (The Hinterland of Alagoas)
  2. Quanto Mais Longe, Mais Perto (The Further Apart We Are, The Closer We
  3. Serenata
  4. July 17
  5. Saudades Do Brasil (Modinha)
  6. Hino da Princesa Eterna (Hymn for the Eternal Princess)
  7. Os Guizos (The Bells)
  8. Tertúlia
  9. Joyce
  10. Roseando
  11. Sept. 1
  12. Floresta
  13. Santa Catarina

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Marshall   Primary Artist,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Jovino Santos Neto   Flute,Piano,Harmonium
Hermeto Pascoal   Bass Flute
John Santos   Surdo
Michael Spiro   Triangle
Aaron Johnston   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Andy Connell   Liner Notes
Oliver di Cicco   Engineer
Ken Lee   Mastering
Mike Marshall   Producer,Engineer
Jovino Santos Neto   Producer
Hermeto Pascoal   Composer
Anne Hamersky   Cover Photo
Aaron Johnston   Engineer
Richard Zirinsky   Executive Producer
Mario Cisneros   Composer

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