HAMILTON DE HOLANDA RETURNS WITH BRASILIANOS 2, THE
FOLLOW UP TO HIS GRAMMY-NOMINATED 2006 RELEASE, BRASILIANOS
Hamilton de Holanda, who has been lauded as “the most virtuosic mandolinist in Brazil today” by the All Music Guide and said to be “widely considered as the best Brazilian mandolin player” by Public Radio’s The World, returns after a two year absence with Brasilianos 2. The CD’s twelve tracks are all composed by de Holanda and performed by the Hamilton de Holanda Quintet: Daniel Santiago on acoustic guitar, Gabriel Grossi on harmonica, Andre Vasconcellos on electric and acoustic bass, and Marcio Bahia on drums - the same stellar array of musicians who joined de Holanda on 2006’s Brasilianos, which earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Instrumental Recording.”
Adventure Music’s U.S. release of Brasilianos 2 also features a bonus DVD of the Quintet - with Thiago Espirito Santo subbing on bass - in performance at Jazz Sous Le Pommiers in Coutances, France, recorded in 2008. In addition to performing tracks from Brasilianos 2, the group offers up selections from Brasilianos, as well as songs by Edu Lobos and Capinan, Hermeto Pascoal, and Astor Piazzola. Another original composition, “Nuit en Coutances,” illustrates the true essence of de Holanda’s talent as an improvisor, as it was composed right on the spot.
Brasilianos 2 is de Holanda’s fifth recording on Adventure Music since he joined the label in 2006. That year, in addition to releasing Brasilianos, he joined Mike Marshall on the duet release, New Words, followed by the solo mandolin project Intimo (2007) and 2008’s Continuous Friendship.