Half Notes: Benji Kaplan – Meditações no Violão (2011)

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The best time to listen to Benji Kaplan’s Meditações no Violão is on a quiet, Sunday morning as I’m doing now. An album of self-penned songs inspired by the Brazilian form he loved from childhood and studied intensely both at Brazil and his native NYC, the title is Portuguese for meditations on the guitar, a title that befits this solo acoustic guitar project. His songs are very faithful representations of the more traditional Brazilian music form, especially the beautiful, passionate and complex music from the north east part of the country, and his guitar playing is convincingly indigenous to this style of music. “In Memory Of Luke” (video below), “Choro Em Fado” and “Truffaut” are standouts among a slate of fourteen solid compositions. The nimble technique on numbers like “Introspective” is worth checking out as well.

Meditações no Violão was self-released on August 2. Visit Benji Kaplan’s website.

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S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
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