February 4, 2011

Vinicius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell | Lagrimas Mexicanas

ARTIST:  Vinicius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell
TITLE:  Lagrimas Mexicanas
LABEL:  eOne Music
REVIEW:  Vinicius Cantuaria is a New York City-based Brazilian singer-songwriter-guitarist-percussionist whose unique music straddles the worlds of MPB (Brazilian popular music), jazz and the downtown New York scene.  Here he’s in a collaborative duo with Bill Frisell, one of the great jazz musicians of the current era and a man with an equally wide range of interests – the two previously worked together in Frisell’s excellent band The Intercontinentals.  Neither musician occupies new ground here – rather they meet at the midpoint of their interests on some tuneful material that emphasizes Cantuaria’s expressive singing and Frisell’s beautiful guitar melodies and loops.  Not a breakthrough recording on the order of Frisell’s Have A Little Faith or Nashville, but a high-quality outing that’s pleasing on the surface and reveals additional depth on further listening, like the best Brazilian pop music.
REVIEWER:  Bill Lupoletti
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