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Nelson Faria

by Nelson Faria

Acoustic guitar, brazilian jazz style. Guest musicians: Toninho Horta, Paulo Moura, Arthur Lipner and Karolina Vucidolac.
Genre: Latin: Brazilian Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Manhã de Carnaval
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2. Rio
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3. Juliana
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4. Mr. Albam
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5. Mexidinho
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6. Peaceful Journey
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7. Let's be happy together
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8. Maxixe
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9. Carinhoso
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10. Ruas do Rio
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11. Yesterday
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Brazilian guitarist, arranger and composer, Nelson Faria was born in Belo Horizonte,MG,and grew
up in Brasilia,DF,where he began his guitar lessons.

In 1983,he moved to Los Angeles to attend G.I.T (Guitar Institute of Technology),where he studied with Joe Diorio,Joe Pass,Ron Eschete,Howard Roberts,Scott Henderson,Frank Gambale,and many others.While in L.A. he also took private lessons with the chord melody master Ted Greene.
After his return to Brazil in 1984,Nelson Faria became one of the most important names on call lists for workshops,clinics,seminars,recording sessions and concerts.

His name appears on over 70 CDs and he has performed in Brazil,US,Europe and Israel. He has performed and/or recorded with artists including João Bosco, Ivan Lins,Gonzalo Rubalcaba,Lisa Ono,Milton Nascimento, Edú Lobo, Cassia Eller, Baby do Brasil, Zélia Duncan, Paulo Moura, Toninho Horta, Antonio Adolfo, Carlos Malta, Ana Caram, Mauricio Einhorn,Leila Pinheiro and Wagner Tiso.
In 2001 he was awarded the "Bolsa Virtuose " scholarship under the auspices of Ministério da Cultura of Brazil and joined the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. As part of that program he studied privately with master arranger Manny Albam,and in group with Mr.Albam, Jim McNeely and Michael Abene.
As an educator, Nelson has taught for 12 years at the Estácio de Sá University (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil),and has taught clinics on Brazilian guitar at the "International Association of Jazz Educators " (IAJE),University of South California, San Francisco State University, Guitar Institute of Technology,Göteborgs Universitet (Goteborg -Sweden), Manhattan School of Music (New York-US), Berklee College of Music (Boston -US),Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (Brasil), Associação Brasileira de Educação Musical (Rio de Janeiro,Brasil),Curso Internacional de Verão de Brasília (Brasil),and Oficina de MPB de Curitiba (Brasil).

Nelson Faria has five CD titles under his name:Ioiô (Perfil Musical,1993), Beatles,a Brazilian Tribute with pianist José Namen (Solo Music,1998), Janelas Abertas with singer Carol Saboya (Lumiar Discos,1999), Três/Three with bassist Nico Assumpção and drummer Lincoln Cheib (Independent,2000) and Nelson Faria (Independent 2002).

He has written four educational books:A arte da improvisação (Lumiar Ed.1991),The Brazilian Guitar Book (Sher Music Co.1995) , Inside The Brazilian Rhythm Section (Sher Music 2002) Escalas,arpejos
e acordes para violão e guitarra (Lumiar Ed.1999),and produced the instructional video Toques de Mestre ("Touch of a Master " --Giannini SA,1990).He also appears on the instructional video Secrets of Brazilian Music and in the book Brazilian Music Workshop by Antonio Adolfo.



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Gui Mallon

Nélson's CD BABY is a joy and a jewell !!
Nélson's CD BABY is a joy and a jewell !! Rarely has a musical statement in the Brazilian instrumental music scenarium the hability of reinvent its own language and still, leave the traditional elements that compound it untouched, as they have been since Canhoto, Laurindo de Almeida, Baden Powell. The jazz elements blend to that tradition in a very natural way, brought by the virtuosity and mastery of an alchemist. The arrangements are succincts but very effective, flowing around the guitar playing, full of carioquices. A must-have-one !!

Marijn van der Linden

Great inspiration for all guitarists
Very nice to hear Nelson play together with various artists. Every song has his own sound, his own style and the interaction between The musicians is great. It's also a great cd for the romantic hours with your lover....
Muito legal gentes!!!!

Kees Shoof

With his fifth album under his own name, Nelson Faria confirms his outstanding t
Nelson Faria (born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, 1963) finally starts to earn more popularity. His recent appearance in João Bosco's band was a huge step to public recognition, although the guitarist's name was already underlined in many of Brazil's star musician's wish lists, from the late Cássia Eller to Milton Nascimento, Ana Carolina, Carlos Malta, Wagner Tiso, Ivan Lins and Leila Pinheiro, to name only a few. At 20, Nelson took off to Los Angeles and studied with jazz giants Joe Pass, Joe Diorio and fusion guitarists Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale (both known for their work with Chick Corea's Electric Band). Nelson Faria carefully divides his time in playing and teaching. Giving clinics in both Americas. Fans of Brazilian fusion treasure his trio album with the late bass miracle Nico Assumpção and drummer Lincoln Cheib.

On his fifth solo album, simply called Nelson Faria, the guitarist, composer and arranger decided to invite an impressive list of musicians to perform duets with, while playing the acoustic guitar.

The album opens with the melancholic sounding classic "Manhã de Carnaval" (by Luiz Bonfá and Antônio Maria), in a solo performance. Arthur Lipner is the first guest, playing the vibraphone. While on tour, teaching and performing in Peru and Brazil, the New York based musician was happy to be guest on Nelson's album. "Rio" is a true jazz performance, showing why Arthur Lipner has emerged as one of the leading vibes voices in jazz, perfectly matching the acoustic guitar skills from Faria. Choro-canção "Juliana" (titled after Nelson's daughter) is enriched with the sounds of Toninho Horta, playing guitar and adding his voice in his own familiar way. The two acoustic guitars sound great together, not disturbed by their difference in style; with Faria soloing over Toninho's rhythm guitar playing. "Mr Albam" refers to master arranger Manny Albam, from whom Nelson Faria took lessons, too. Paulo Moura joins on clarinet on this valsa-choro. Another guest, Richard Boukas was named the best Brazilian jazz guitarist in the USA. Raised in Queens, NY, with Cretan/Greek roots, Boukas developed a huge interest in Brazilian jazz. On "Mexidinho" he gratefully takes the opportunity to duel with one of Brazil's true masters. A dazzling performance. From Poland and England respectively, Jerzy Milewski on violin and David Chew on cello join Faria on a moving tribute to Joe Diorio. The Diorio composition "Peaceful Journey" is played with such a respect and so much beauty. "Let's Be Happy Together" features the English sung vocals of Swedish singer Karolina Vucidolac, making this song sound like a jazz bossa classic. Nelson Faria pays tribute to Nico Assumpção by playing his composition "Maxixe." André Neiva has the unrewarding task to play the electric bass. The 36-year-old bassist does a great job, with a nice deep sound and a solo full of virtuosity on the higher registers of his bass, echoing one of Assumpção's trademarks. "Carinhoso" is the second solo track on the album. Faria shows his respect for Brazil's musical history by turning this performance into a beautiful rendition of the Pixinguinha and de Barro classic. "Ruas do Rio" is a duet with percussionist Armando Marçal, evoking feelings of saudades: Rio de Janeiro, the majestic city with the friendly but melancholic sounding samba.

As a bonus track a live recording is added. With pianist José Namen, Nelson Faria plays "Yesterday"  (Lennon and McCartney) as a beautiful jazz standard. With the pianist, a tribute cd to the music of the Beatles was released in 1998 ("Beatles, um tributo brasileiro"). Maybe this cut is called "bonus track" because it seems like an addition to that album...

With his fifth album under his own name, Nelson Faria confirms his outstanding talent as a Brazilian jazz guitarist. Rather than recording a cd showing all aspects of his musical skills, here Faria seems to focus on his jazzy side, resulting in a tasteful masterpiece.

The album is an independent release. Ordering info can be found at Nelson's website.

Kees Schoof