September 1, 2006"Before I attended California Brazil Music Camp in August 2004, I had never heard of Brazilian guitarist-composer Guinga. One afternoon at lunch, an acquaintence of mine came to me and stated that he had just bought one of Guinga's CDs. He told me that on a couple of tunes it sounded like Guinga's compositions were influenced by Thelonious Monk. I went over to where Guinga was sitting and asked him if he liked Monk. Guinga, "I LOVE THELOIOUS MONK!!!!!!! I had one copy of my first CD, "Harmony Of Odd Numbers" and I gave it to him. The next day, he gave me a double thumbs up------a very good Brazilian compliment.

At that session of camp, I bought two of Guinga's CDs, "Cine Baronesa", and "Noturno Copacabana." When I got home, the first cd I played was "Noturno Copacabana, and from the very first track, I fell head over heels in love with Guinga's music. Guinga is very influenced by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Mingus, and the composers of the Great American Song Book---------standards.

Guinga can not read one note of music and when he comes up with with a new composition, he hears the melody, harmonic line, and rhythm. He is an extraordinary individual-----one-of-a-kind----a true genius, and a loving caring human being. It is an honor to know him and to be his friend. I love him."

August 30, 2006

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