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Carlos Paredes

  • Guitarra Portugesa [Elektra/Nonesuch, 1990] A-

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Guitarra Portugesa [Elektra/Nonesuch, 1990]
When an alien style hits you where you live, learning to say hello is easy. When it doesn't, some genius has to make the introductions--like this third-generation master of a guitar that looks like an oversized mandolin and sounds like a small orchestra. At the most obvious level Paredes's florid runs and melancholy melodies are generically Iberian, but listen deeper and the romanticism of these 20-year-old sessions turns defiantly modern and irreducibly local. Popular classicism, ancient to the future. A-