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by Ted & Pablo

Combining sounds from the U.S. and Brazil, Ted and Pablo form a dynamic duo between North American blues and rock, Brazilian samba and choro using the harmonica, violin and mandolin.
Genre: World: Samba
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1. Partiu do Alto
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2. Baião Furacão
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3. Odeon
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4. Estamos Aí
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5. Solamente
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6. Barkley's Bug
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7. Três Estrelinhas
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8. LIngua de Preto
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9. Zitta's Song
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10. Picadinha á Baiana
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mandolinist/violinist Ted Falcon hooks up with harmonica virtuoso Pablo Fagundes in a program of Brazilian and American music.

Recorded in Brazil, selections include many original compositions as well as references to the great composers of both countries such as Ernesto Nazareth and David Grisman.

Ted Falcon, an American, first discovered his passion for Brazilian music when he heard choro at home listening to his father playing the guitar music of Villa-Lobos. He has dedicated himself to the study of the mandolin and choro for the past 7 years, recording a Brazilian instrumental CD, Memórias do Brasil, and writing a mandolin book, Retratos do Brasil.

Pablo Fagundes, a Brazilian, fell in love with the blues, an American style that has many fans in Brazil. Today he works to consolidate his instrument, the harmonica, in Brazilian music, developing research and giving lessons in the Escola de Choro Raphael Rabello in Brasilia. In Brazil, Pablo performs with Pé de Cerrado, a group dedicated to various styles of Brazilian regional music, as well as with the Quarteto Camará, a group that explores Brazilian music, jazz and blues. He has also played with the Brazilian All Stars Blues band, opening for B.B. King, and recently at the Mandolin Symposium in California, played with David Grisman and Mike Marshall.


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Wendy Nelson

Transcontinental Music Express
Some music becomes an instant favorite. That is the case with this terrific album. The blending of Brazilian instrumental music with American pieces has been accomplished with a deft touch. Wonderful!!

Mitch Gross

More Little Stevie Than Toots
Hey, I've got nothing against Toots, but it all sounds sweet to me. These guys really know how to change things up. Pablo and Ted are great Choro players, Pablo on chromatic harmonica and Ted on mandolin and violin. Choro is a Brazilian acoustic dance groove that seems to attract hard-core musicians; players with both chops and something to convey. These guys weave various South American styles in with some funk, blues and jazz inflections, relying on the acoustic arrangements to give each tune a sense of place. Pablo is a surprisingly elastic harmonica player in terms of style and ability to get around the scales. There's something immediately familiar about his sound but it doesn't take long for him to start throwing surprises at you at. And unlike the opinion I have of other harmonica virtuosi, from Toots to Popper, he never overstays his welcome. Ted is a tasty multi-instrumentalist. He's a mandolin player in the Brazilian tradition. If you're thinking Bill Monroe when you hear the word "mandolin" then throw your expectations out the window. Choro guys do things on mandolin that make Bluegrass guys shake their heads in wonder. Not that the admiration doesn't go both ways, but it's a different approach that opens up new possibilities. On violin, Ted's a delightful swing player with both a breezy touch and a definite groove. They have a bunch of talented friends that help them get the sounds they hear on their way north, ending with a blues number that's no novelty tourist kitsch by visiting Choro players. It's a sincere exploration of our most ubiquitous foreign export by a group of musician's with way-big ears. This is a great, outdoor, summer CD. Something that gets the kids and the grown-ups moving, and if you know your way around music there's an edge to it that will have you reaching for your buttons to trying to figure out what that was you just heard.

Sharon Renwick

Thankfully
Thankfully I live in the same county as Charlie Musslewhite. Thankfully he has a local radio show. Thankfully he played Solamente and talked about Ted & Pablo. Thankfully I found cd baby on line. Most thankfully Ted & Pablo found each other and are making this beautiful music that reaches into my heart and opens it wide.