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
Read more “Laurindo Almeida – The Master of the Brazilian Guitar”
Recently I have dicovered a great waltz by Pixinguinha and have started to practice this tune.
I have found four videos including two videos with the clarinet quintet Quinteto Madeira de Vento and one with violin and accordeon.
My favorite version ist the version by the LGEM Trio with flute, guitar and percussion. This trio makes a big difference between the slow first part of the waltz and the faster second and third parts, which makes listening to Agradecendo very interesting. I do also like the guitar part of this version.
The LGEM Trio – Pixinguinha – Agradecendo, valsa
The LGEM Trio – Live in Concert
October 9, 2005
Miami Lakes United Methodist Church
The LGEM Trio
Robert David Billington, flute
Roger bustamante, guitar
Edwin Guerra, MIDI percussion
I am sure that this choro waltz will aso sound great when played with mandolin and guitar!
Playlist Agradecendo – Pixinguinha
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The sheet music by Pixinguinha is still protected by copyright, maybe you can find a copy with the google picture search.
The waltz Agradecendo is contained in the follwing songbook: O melhor de Pixinguinha
which is available at Atlantico Books: http://atlanticobooks.com/