Of the 11 tracks on the album, six of them are originals from Silveira himself. While each of those six songs are from previous albums, they are reimagined here for solo guitar and the difference is all the difference. The soaring emotion of the solo guitar is beautiful and masterful.
Two of the cover pieces are from Antonio Carlos Jobim (Luiza and Zingaro, part of a medley with Chico Buarque’s Retrato em Branco e Preto). Jobim always works for solo guitar and Silveira proves the point. But it’s not just the great Jobim, Silveira offers splendid renditions of Rodgers & Hart’s My Romance with its soft and lovely melody and the languid and luxurious approach to Johnny Alf’s Eu e Brisa.
Preciso Aprender A Ser Só by Marcus Valle is a gorgeous version and the guitar gives a whole different feel and modd than the piano and/orchestra.
Silveira’s originals, however, are what truly reveal the heart of the artist. That Day in Tahiti is a special standout with its colorful imagery and touching reminiscences. The same can be said of Rio Texas, the album’s opener, with its acoustic Texas twang offset by the delicate touches.
Ricardo Silveira’s Solo has everything you want—from Brazilian and Latin Jazz references to straight-ahead Jazz. This is not ambient background music but music to be heard and ingested and savored, over and over again.
~Travis Rogers, Jr. is The Jazz Owl