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Crystal Garden

by Bola Sete

These solo guitar songs were written and recorded by Bola between 1970 and 1972. They are recordings from his home studio in Marin County, California. Bola was working on the melody lines and chord structure in these recordings.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Goin' to Rio
3:28 $0.99
2. Dance of the Jungle
2:52 $0.99
3. Waking Giant
2:12 $0.99
4. Serenade
3:17 $0.99
5. Pretty Afternoon
3:01 $0.99
6. Brazilian Soul
3:14 $0.99
7. Sunrise in Manaus
3:13 $0.99
8. Meu Ogum
5:54 $0.99
9. I See Your Face
3:43 $0.99
10. Dance of the Bamboo
2:36 $0.99
11. Rain Forest
3:10 $0.99
12. Folk Guitar
3:10 $0.99
13. Sorongaio/Conversa De Poeta: Brazilian Medley
3:36 $0.99
14. Crystal Garden
1:49 $0.99
15. Rio Boogie Woogie
2:25 $0.99
16. End Dialogue
0:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
This 1973 suite was the second of Bola Sete's four beautiful solo guitar suites, along with the two-part Ocean Memories (1972), Shambhala Moon (1982), and Windspell (1987). The three bonus tracks include a haunting Brazilian medley and two improvisations by Bola.

All of the tracks were recorded by Bola at his home studio in Marin County, California, between 1970 and 1972. Track 15 is Bola playing boogie woogie, the only recording of him playing this type of music that I am aware of. Track 16 is of Bola talking with his wife Anne in enjoyment of just having played Rio Boogie Woogie.

Folk Guitar, Track 12, was dedicated to Bola's dear friend John Fahey (1939-2001).



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Rob S.

A special joy!
A heartfelt thanks to my Bohemian parents that opened my hyperactive and squirrely little elementary school eyes and introduced me to the incredible sites, sounds and smells of San Francisco and Sausalito circa 1960's. I've got to laugh now thinking how my family must of stood out as we strolled down the streets of the Haight Ashbury District or grabbed a sandwich at Mike's and dined with the Beatniks (1964) in Sausalito. San Francisco and the surrounding bay area is a magical place for a young child to take in but the art, music, funkiness and social vulnerability during this historic time period certainly added to my special memories.

One of my fondness experiences was in 1967, eating at the Trident Restaurant in Sausalito and having a table right next to Bola Sete and his trio. I don't believe that Vince Guaraldi was performing that night but I do remember how "cool" the stand-up bass player was and how Bola and the others blended their rich soulful sounds together. I recall that during some of the songs I wanted to laugh, jump for joy and get up from the table (youthful energy) and try to play that gigantic bass instrument, I'm certain my parents had us all eat quickly and leave. I remember strolling past the creosote soaked pilings of the Trident as we headed toward our parked car and how excited I was about the evening, the music and that the fog that had mysteriously crept into smother the city of Sausalito. So many years latter, I can still return to that moment thru Bola's music.

The Crystal Garden CD is a treat, a gem and a surprise with each next track, I enjoyed seeing the frisky side of Bola on some of the tracks. I loved Serenade, I See Your Face, Dance of the Bambo, Rain Forest, Crystal Garden and Rio Boogie Woogie (wow, what a treat) and the dialogue at the end, so special. How does one accurately describe the genius of this man's sweet....sweet....sweet fluid guitar work, tight, gorgeous, haunting, playful, his music darts about my soul and resparks my inner-spirit, it has for the last 45 years.

Thanks so much for this very special release, it's a terrific addition to my Bola collection.

A cat's purr, gardening, the sound and smells of the ocean, the words "I love you" and Bola Sete music, some of life's special joys.