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Reviews for our secondCD release, Carinhoso.

Carinhoso is Portuguese for "loving"

Brejeiro’s second CD ‘Carinhoso’ epitomises how talented and versatile these musicians are. Dave Griffiths and Mike Pryor acquired and learned to play cavaquinhos and what a brilliant job they have done. Between them on this CD, Dave and Mike also play bandolim, mandolin and dobro-mandolin, while Andy Fuller shows off his dexterity on pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine), cajon (box drum) and tam tam (hand drum), and Helen James provides strong rhythm guitar with flowing lyrical bass line accompaniment of as high a standard as you may come across.

The CD kicks off at a cracking pace with Camundongo by Waldir Azevdo, king of cavaquinho-led Choros in the 40s, 50s & 60s. My favourite track is Vibraçöes (Jacob do Bandolim) which for some reason makes me want to cry – could it have something to do with the fact that the literal translation of Choro is ‘to cry’? The
material for this CD comes from many hours spent searching out new repertoire, selecting pieces from workshops done with artists such as Mike Marshall and John Reischman and trying out different arrangements unique to the group. Some tracks are familiar, including beautiful tune Como Llora Una Estrella (Antonio Carrillo), delightful Doce de Coco (Jacob do Bandolim) and jazzy Delicado (Waldir Azevedo). Also worthy of special mention is show stopper Libertango (Astor Piazzolla). The playing throughout is splendid; clear, clean melody notes, driving guitar rhythm and just listen to Andy’s amazing finger-rolls on pandeiro

Sandra Woodruff (BMG Federation Review)

Brejeiro CD cover

Dave pointing


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