Tuesday, December 16, 2008

CD Review: Choros From Brazil

Os Ingenuos
Choros From Brazil
Nimbus Records

Hailing from Salvador, Bahia (Brazil), Os Ingenuos brings to life the legendary instrumental music of the choro. Os Ingenuos took their name from "Ingenuo", from the popularly-known composition of the same name from the famous choro maestro, Pixinguinha. The choro is a type of instrumental music identified in the 1920's. Usually played and enjoyed by the lower-to-middle classes, it became a recognizable style in Brazilian popular music. On the whole, the music incoporates Latin rhythms of samba, waltz, polka, and melodies from Portugal or Spain. The heart and soul of choro tends to be the seven-string guitar, which, on this album, is accompanied by sax, trombone, trumpet, cavaquinho, bandolim, and pandeiro. An informative booklet is included in English and French. 17 tracks and slightly over one hour of music makes Choros From Brazil a pleasant recording no matter where you are. ~ Matthew Forss

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