Laurindo Almeida was a Brazilian guitarist who was active in the USA after 1940. He worked in Hollywood as a studio musician and has played the guitar part in many movies. For his record Girl von Ipanema he won a Grammy in 1964. Laurindo Almeida is also seen as the father of the Bossa-Nova. He played together with the Modern Jazz Quartet, but he has also arranged many classical works for the guitar.
I had several books with sheet music by Laurindo Almeida for years, and I have recently worked on some of the pieces. Almeida arranged some famous Jazz Standards for the classical guitar, like Blue Moon,Over the Rainbow, Mamselle, My Funny Valentine – some great arrangements for guitar.
This is an English Air by Almeida in my version. I have found other videos of this tune which obviously play it from a different score which contains some errors. I think that my version must be the original version of this piece.
I have recently compiled youtube videos with recordings by Laurindo Almeida and Works composed or arranged by Almeida and played by other guitarist in two large playlists.
Playlist 1 – Original Recordings by Laurindo Almeida
Playlist 2 – Works by Laurindo Almeida played by other Guitarists
You can download a one hour podcast on the website of Fabio Zanon
You can find several editions of Almeidas works for the guitar. This is a large compilation of solo works which might be a good edition to start with (Amazon partnerlink):
I have recently discovered a concert with Julian Lage which had been given on the 1st of January 2012. Julian Lage is a very successful young jazz guitar player, I have already written about him some time ago.
I like the playing of Julian Lage very much, it’s fun to listen to his guitar. He plays a great selection of jazz standards and mostly his own compositions.
The concert was given by the following Julian Lage Quartet:
- Julian Lage, guitar
- Larry Grenadier, bass
- Eric Harland, drums
- Dan Blake, tenor saxophone
The program was composed of the following pieces, all of them compositions by Julian Lage except for the 3rd piece:
- “233 Butler”
- “Grey Lightning”
- “The Best Thing for You” (Berlin)
- “Up from the North”
- “The Time it Takes”
You can find the complete concert on the NPR site:
A review of this concert can be found on jazztimes.com
The second piece of the program – Grey Ligthing – is one of my pavorite pieces. This is a video of the same piece played on the day before the New Years concert by the same quartet – this was the first time this group played togeteher:
Julian Lage Trio – Harland , Grenadier(Greylighting)
The following playlists can be used to listen to many videos with Julian Lage:
Playlist “Julian Lage” by Otto90125:
Playlist “Julian Lage” by Daysofjazztripps:
German version of this article can be found in my blog gezupftes.de: