There are many stars of Brazilian Popular Music. But there was only one Baden Powell (1937-2000). Residing in the same musical pantheon as Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, Powell, christened Baden Powell de Aquino, and named after the leader of the Boy Scouts, was arguably the greatest guitarist of Brazil. Before his death at the age of 63 in Paris, Powell's status as a legend was secured by his expansive, classically-trained, Afro-Luso guitar technique, his collaborations with de Moraes and his incredible discography which includes over 50 records.
This CD is the last recording made by the master. It is a LIVE performance in Brussels (Belgium) recorded in October 30, 1999 less than one year before his death.
The performance at Theatre 140, magnificently recorded, includes 15 stunning renditions of legendary bossa nova songs
Reviews"Baden Powell was one of Brazil's greatest guitarists and popular songwriters. On this album, the consummate technician and brilliant interpreter of song is captured in a 1999 live solo performance in Belgium, just 11 months before his death. The set, programmed with preludes and excellent balance, bears an almost classical formality .¦few guitarists could hold a candle to Powell even in his declining days. Besides his own timeless compositions like 'Samba Triste' and the suspenseful, droning 'Berimbau,' Powell offers interpretations of songs by Antonio Caiios Jobim. Luiz Bonfa, Luiz Gonzaga and Pixinguinha. Jobim's 'Samba Do Aviao.' long one of the guitarist's favorite tunes, receives a bubbly treatment. Powell sings charmingly on four tracks with lyrics by his old friend Vinicius de Moraes.