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Written by Joe Ross
April 18, 2021 - 2:44am EDT
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Brazilian-born guitarist Ricardo Silveira’s career has spanned about 45 years and has included stints with renowned jazz artists such as Herbie Mann, Elis Regina, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento and others. Among his many albums, Silveira has recorded some solo projects before, back in the 80s and 90s. Besides being popular with fans of the Brazilian jazz scene, Silveira’s albums “Bom de Tocar” and “Ricardo Silveira” grabbed the attention of artists in the U.S. who invited him to record with them. He’s also put out many well-received projects in duo, trio and quartet settings. When the 2020 pandemic restricted his touring, the stellar guitarist decided to record this album and release it on the Moondo Music label with six originals and five selections by others, rearranged for intimate solo guitar. “Francesca” is one of Silveira’s best-known compositions, and he performs it in an enchanting, expressive way. I also especially enjoyed his self-penned meditative “Rio Texas” and “Noite Clara” played in an effervescent style characterized by a light touch, delicacy and restraint. “Amazon Secrets” begins with a nice chordal groove, and then the song’s genesis evolves into an impressionistic sound painting with changing shapes and textures. Of course, Silveira also includes a couple pieces from Jobim, but it’s the guitarist’s imagination on a classic like Rodgers & Hart’s “My Romance” that shows just how lyrical, fluid and precise he can be without sacrificing anything in terms of tone or intonation. Ricardo Silveira Solo is a tastefully-rendered project of gentle, relaxing, expressive music with real musical value.   (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)