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The international acclaim of audiences and critics alike has established Laurindo Almeida (1917-1995) as one of the world's truly great concert guitarists, and yet he is well remembered as a featured soloist with the Modern Jazz Quartet on two celebrated world tours. From Beethoven and Bach to Bossa Nova, Broadway hits and jazz -- all of these styles are a part of his seemingly limitless repertoire. Most significantly, he did it all with superb skill and artistry. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he received his earliest musical training on the piano from his mother, a concert pianist. His sister Maria was the family guitar student, but it was Laurindo who was to master and become a virtuoso on the instrument and one of Brazil's most highly regarded musicians. Leaving a successful career in concert and radio performance in Brazil, he relocated to Hollywood in 1947 where he spent a year doing concerts and movie work. But jazz lured him to the orchestra of the innovative Stan Kenton. He brought to Kenton, and the world, his new and exciting conception, Bossa Nova. His world premier performances of Pete Rugulo's "Lament" and his own "Amazonia" at the Chicago Opera House and Carnegie Hall drew tremendous acclaim. Today's jazz guitarists are still influenced by the innovative concepts he introduced during the Kenton years. Capitol and Decca records spearheaded new triumphs for Almeida's superlative concert career with classical guitar recordings. He was chosen for world premier recordings of works by two of Brazil's greatest composers, "Concerto for Guitar" by Villa-Lobos, and Radames Gnattali's "Concerto de Copacabana." Almeida has more than 200 compositions to his credit in addition to countless transcriptions of the classics for guitar. A consistent winner in Downbeat and Playboy magazine jazz polls and a Movie Poll winner since 1947, he was nominated 16 times by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and won five Grammy awards. For one Grammy, his composition "Discantus for Three Guitars" tied with Igor Stravinsky's "Moments for Piano and Orchestra" for Best Contemporary Composition. Among the many national and international citations he received was a Certificate of Honor for having the distinction of becoming a "reference file" in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, where all of the manuscripts will eventually reside. All told, Laurindo Almeida was a complete musician of the highest order.

Recordings by Laurindo Almeida

  • The Bad And The Beautiful - 12887
  • Intermezzo - 12885
  • Laura - 12886
  • Little Girl Blue - 11619
  • Mam'selle - 11620
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - 11621
  • The Sound Of Music - 11622
  • What Kind Of Fool Am I - 11623
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