As a young man, Carlos Barbosa-Lima was singled out from a master class by the legendary Andres Segovia and chosen to return with the maestro to Madrid for private study, something bestowed on very few artists. The great man perceived an exceptional musical intelligence and proficiency in Barbosa-Lima. In addition, Segovia uncharacteristically declined to reshape the young guitarist in his own image, something he was famous for doing with his most promising students.
Preceded only by his friend, the great Laurindo Almeida, who worked with Stan Kenton’s progressive band in the Forties, Carlos Barbosa-Lima is the most noted classically trained guitarist to bring a Latin American perspective to the music of Gershwin, Ellington, Cole Porter, Scott Joplin, Dave Brubeck, Lennon and McCartney and Luis Bonfa. The guitarist was even honored by the celebrated Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim who requested that Carlos arrange the complete Jobim oeuvre for guitar. Such a legacy was recognized and endorsed by composer and conductor Leo Brouwer, who called Barbosa-Lima “a genius of Latin American guitar transcription.” And now Carlos Barbosa-Lima has focused his genius on the music catalog of Mason Williams.