The Bonfá Magic

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The durable Brazilian musician Luiz Bonfá recorded this album for the Caju Music label in 1991 in Brazil, where it was much honored, but Americans weren't made aware of its riches until 1993. Throughout, Bonfá's acoustic guitar is treated to differing tone shadings and backgrounds -- sometimes left all alone, sometimes fronting a samba band. Tracks like "Space Adventure," "Menina Flor," and "Fat Tuesday's Theme" employ unnervingly realistic orchestrations by Jota Moraes on some deftly handled synthesizers yes, it can be done. Most of all, listeners are reminded of the remarkable vitality of Bonfá's civilized, wistful compositions, whether improvised on the spot like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The durable Brazilian musician Luiz Bonfá recorded this album for the Caju Music label in 1991 in Brazil, where it was much honored, but Americans weren't made aware of its riches until 1993. Throughout, Bonfá's acoustic guitar is treated to differing tone shadings and backgrounds -- sometimes left all alone, sometimes fronting a samba band. Tracks like "Space Adventure," "Menina Flor," and "Fat Tuesday's Theme" employ unnervingly realistic orchestrations by Jota Moraes on some deftly handled synthesizers yes, it can be done. Most of all, listeners are reminded of the remarkable vitality of Bonfá's civilized, wistful compositions, whether improvised on the spot like "Magic Passion," brought forth for the first time "Smooth Dreams," "Samba Variations", or resuscitated from his back catalog like the tune for Elvis, "Almost in Love," now treated to a silky bossa nova groove. Perhaps the most valuable revival is the stunning jazz waltz "Sofisticada," which ought to be a standard like "Manha de Carnaval" Toots Thielemans reportedly offered to trade his cherished "Bluesette" for it. A lovely, often dazzlingly imaginative recording from Brazil's elusive giant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/1993
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218920223
  • Catalog Number: 9202
  • Sales rank: 131,406

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rio Acima (4:57)
  2. 2 Magic Passion (3:50)
  3. 3 Subtle Samba (7:13)
  4. 4 Fat Tuesday's Theme (1:42)
  5. 5 Sofisticada (3:41)
  6. 6 Space Adventure (5:15)
  7. 7 Ruth's Waltz (2:30)
  8. 8 Batukada (3:06)
  9. 9 Menina Flor (5:02)
  10. 10 Smooth Dreams (1:59)
  11. 11 Manha de Carnival (4:17)
  12. 12 Almost In Love (3:42)
  13. 13 Samba Variations (1:58)
  14. 14 Love Chemistry (2:39)
  15. 15 Missal (4:16)
  16. 16 April in Paris (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luiz Bonfá Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Deodato Percussion
Pat Carroll Drums
Gene Bertoncini Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Tavio Bonfa Guitar
Sonia Burnier Keyboards
Thiago de Mello Percussion, Vocals
Arnaldo DeSouteiro Percussion
Nilson Matta Bass, Acoustic Bass
Pascoal Meirelles Drums
Marcio Montarroyos Flugelhorn
Jota Moraes Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Luiz Bonfá Composer, Liner Notes
Deodato Engineer, Contributor, Remixing, Remastering
Gene Bertoncini Contributor
Tavio Bonfa Arranger
Sonia Burnier Arranger, Contributor
Phil DeLancie Remastering
Arnaldo DeSouteiro Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Peter Klam Executive Producer
Pascoal Meirelles Contributor
Marcio Montarroyos Contributor
Jota Moraes Arranger, Contributor
Barry Powley Executive Producer
Mark Holston Liner Notes
Maria Toledo Composer
Walter Firmo Cover Photo
Dana Mars Engineer
Cristina Portella Cover Design
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