This medley features two of Pixinguinha’s most celebrated choro canção (slow choro), from 1946 and 1928. Each piece is comprised of only two thematic sections, their floating and lyrical melodic lines leaving ample space for call-and-response style baixarias. The arrangement is based primarily on transcriptions of versions recorded by
Jacob do Bandolim’s legendary group, Época de Ouro (Golden Age).

The guitar accompaniments by six string guitarist César Faria, seven string guitarist Dino Sete Cordas and cavaquinho player Carlinhos Leite (or Jonas Pereira da Silva) are the gold standard and classic illustration of how each instrumental role was meticulously defined and codified over painstaking rehearsals, meticulous recordings and performances.

© 2018 Richard Boukas