Marcos Amorim | Sete Capelas (Seven Chapels)

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Sete Capelas (Seven Chapels)

by Marcos Amorim

Brazilian guitarist Marcos Amorim's new recording with Robertinho Silva on drums and percussion and Ney Conceicao on bass and special guest, Nivaldo Ornelas on flutes.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. Coisas Demais Por Fazer (Many Things to Do)
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6:14 album only
2. Sonhos Indianos (Indian Dreams)
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4:05 album only
3. Bolero Por Jaco ( Jaco's Bolero)
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5:21 album only
4. Rio Tranquilo (Quiet River)
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7:05 album only
5. Amandy (Dia De Chuva) (Rainy Day)
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6:35 album only
6. Pedra Da Sorte (Lucky Stone)
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3:06 album only
7. Sete Capelas (Seven Chapels)
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5:47 album only
8. Luz Da Lua (Moonlight)
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3:53 album only
9. Mr.z
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3:20 album only
10. Homenagiando Garoto (Garoto's Homage)
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5:09 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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AVAILABLE ON APRIL 11TH: Brazilian guitarist Marcos Amorim was born in Rio de Janeiro in the 1960's. The young Carioca grew up surrounded by the cool new sounds of bossa nova and jazz. His father was an amateur musician who enjoyed inviting Rio's top professionals over for late night jam sessions, often playing the night away until the sunrise sent everyone home.
At age 14, Amorim began his musical studies with Hélio Delmiro, Isidoro Kutno and Célia Vaz. Within a few years he was already performing with Daûde, Tânia Alves, Zezé Motta, Bêlo Velloso and others. He appeared with Barrosinho at the Platinum Festival at Montreux in 1988. He has found inspiration both in great American and Brazilian guitarists and composers and uses these influences as a springboard to his own unique electric guitar sound.

Amorim's 1993 debut album "Boto" (The Pink Dolphin) was a independent release voted "Best Instrumental CD of the Year" by Rio's leading newspaper "O Globo". His second release, the 1998 "Luz da Lua" (Light of the Moon) was also critically well-received and featured such guests as Vittor Santos, Tomás Improta, Mauricio Einhorn and Barrosinho.


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Lee Watkins

Deeper than smooth jazz. Introspective and calming. Lovely.
I love this CD.

The standout track on Sete Capelas by Marcos Amorim is cut #3, Samba por Jaco, complete with a lyrical fretless bass-line tribute to Mr. Pastorius himself. KKJZ in Long Beach, CA played this song one night recently, and I was so impressed, I visited their web site to find out who it was, and how to get the CD.

The guitar work on the whole CD is introspective and calming, and it's a sign of Amorim's maturity as an artist that he has sublimated his talents in service to the songs. There's no virtuosity merely for the sake of virtuosity, here, even in the arrangements. (The rhythm track on Samba por Jaco, for example, consists of only one hand on a single conga.) But it's the very simplicity and directness of the arrangements combined with Amorim's mature, unselfconscious restraint that propels this lovely journey through life's challenges toward wisdom and resolution, and inner peace.

This CD is so much deeper than what's out there right now in new-age, smooth jazz. It is also welcoming and very accessible and I think most listeners will find it satisfying on many levels. Five Stars. --LW