Jose Neto - Neto
Jazz - Brazil


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Neto (BW037)

This is the kind of album that Jimi Hendrix used to make and, maybe, Carlos Santana still could. It was Hendrix who inspired the young Neto to learn the guitar in his native São Paolo and to treat it with respect; to not play at all rather than play something forgettable. The Neto style - throwing away the plectrum and using thumbnail and four fingers to create chords and octaves that surf on top of melodies that take up permanent residence in your subconscious - is unique to the man in the bandana with the buccaneer's earring.
Equally at home on electric or acoustic guitar, the Paradis Avalon with its amplified nylon strings is the perfect companion for José's intricate Latin style, able to burst forth in a torrent of cadenzas when the muse connected. Designed by Rolf Spuler and Mathias Glob of Switzerland, the Paradis has inbuilt 'polysubbass' which is triggered electronically when played in the lower register to produce a completely unique sound: a solid bodied guitar with the tone of an acoustic instrument. On this album, however, the Fender Stratocaster, the Takamine Classical and Alvares Yari 12 String are all handled here with equal dexterity.

 

When playing electric guitar, José creates a collage of guitar strokes, from stomach-churning bass runs thumbed on the top strings to plucked, sweet semi-acoustic tones. His classical guitar playing, such as the peaen to his daughter, Maria Christina, demonstrates a more romantic touch, but always characterised by a sureness of purpose and an unerring instinct for melody. Blending the vibrant harmonies of his native Brazil with the energy and attack of his adopted California, Jose has created on this album a psychedelic music inspired by Brazil and informed by a West Coast consciousness. Music for this generation of flower children's children. The wealth of musical expertise José has gathered around him means that Neto is never a one man band.

The presence of his fellow members of Fourth World - Airto Moreira, Flora Purim and Gary Meek - ensures that the genius of Jose's playing is matched by the company it keeps. Zakir Hussein on tablas conjures up the mysticism of the east while adding its own melodic texture to the new pychedelia of tracks like 'Waiting for Zakir' and the ambient rap of Chil Factor is used as an additional instrument on tracks like 'House Release', where Chil's vocal is sampled and used electronically as a rhythm track. Other cuts, like 'Reunion', are beautiful, and quite timeless. The fact that the entire album was recorded and mixed in a couple of late Summer weeks at Mesa Studios, Sebastapol, Ca, may explain why the music sounds so purposeful and, at the same time, so warm. 'Neto' is an album that announces more than the arrival of a great guitar player. These are songs that will travel with you.

Track Listing (30 Second Samples)

1.
SORRISO DO PABLO
2. RELEASE
3. ARROW
4. MARIA CHRISTINA
5. FLOWER CHILD
6. ZINGARO
7. U-BOOT
8. FISH 'N CHIPS
9. HOUSE RELEASE
10. REUNION
11. WAITING FOR ZAKIR

Personnel:
Airto Moreira Percussion
Gary Meek Saxophones/flute/keyboard/woodwind
Zakir Hussain Tablas
Flora Purim Vocals
Diana Moreira Vocals
Chil Factor Rap/mouth beats