Luiz Bonfa – Introspection: Bonfa Solo Guitar (1972)

9 09 2012

Link na Internet Wayback Machine: Luiz Bonfa – Introspection: Bonfa Solo Guitar (1972)
Publicado em: Sunday, October 14, 2007 by zecalouro

tcisalpino is really great. With this upgrade, he is the first Loronixer to upgrade his own contribution, a nice and welcomed upgrade with major changes on cover artwork, MP3s and FLACS, which is a format that grows on popularity everyday. I will keep my original writing and I just want to say that Introspection is considered one of the best guitar solo album ever recorded, and recorded by the great Luiz Bonfa. Thanks tcisalpino, I’m sure that new friends will decide for the upgrade and everybody who made the first one as well.

This is Luiz Bonfa – Introspection: Bonfa Solo Guitar (1972), for RCA (USA), featuring Luiz Bonfa and his acoustic nylon guitar and considered by the critics as one of the best solo guitar albums ever made. Thanks once again tcisalpino for this great contribution to Loronixers. My writing does not have the quality needed to describe this music, so I will let you with a review from Thom Jurek/AMG. Tracks include:

For all of his prodigious output (literally dozens of albums) and his widely celebrated artistry as a guitarist, bandleader, interpreter of popular songs from many traditions, and composer (of two of the breakthrough bossa film soundtrack Black Orpheus’ most seminal cuts, no less), no Luiz Bonfá recording reaches the dizzying — if gently stated — heights of his acumen in the way Introspection does. Recorded in 1972, this album features eight of Bonfá’s own compositions played on solo guitar, whether the nylon-string he established his reputation on, the electric six-string, or a specially designed 12-string. The deep emotion in each track, dovetailed with his lushly articulated phrasings in spare passages of warm, languid, sometimes somber, and always deeply romantic poetic imagery, is heart-searing. From the elegance of his classical enunciations on “Enchanted Mirror,” where each line is mirrored with chromatic counterpoint, to the shifting scalar morphing in “Reflections,” to the gloriously complex yet seamless and edgeless harmonic interplay of “Rain,” to the shimmering Charlie Byrd and Django Reinhardt quotations in “Leque,” Bonfá’s guitar artistry is total. But more than this, these compositions sing; they carry the fire and intervallic dimensionality of sonatas and the human ambiguities of song. Introspection may be the one title — if you can only have one — in Bonfá’s catalog to own. It not only stands as his best work but, along with Bola Sete’s Shambhala Moon, may be the best guitar recording in the history of Latin music.

Track List:

01 – Enchanted Mirror (Luis Bonfá)
02 – Summertime Love (Luis Bonfá)
03 – Reflections (Luis Bonfá)
04 – Concerto For Guitar (Luis Bonfá)
05 – Rain (Luis Bonfá)
06 – Leque (Luis Bonfá)
07 – Missal (Luis Bonfá)
08 – Adventure In Space (Luis Bonfá)

This is Luiz Bonfa – Introspection: Bonfa Solo Guitar (1972), at Loronix. Hope uEnjoy!


Esse disco já havia sido publicado aqui no Órfãos do Loronix.



One response

9 09 2012

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Anonymous said…
João -SP

“Luiz Bonfá -Introspection “tem o dom de acrescentar à nossa vida uma camada mais profunda de sensibilidade musical.

Monday, 15 October, 2007
Good Groove said…
I find “Introspection” a bit overrated, quite frankly. Technically, I naturally agree it ranks among Bonfa’s best. We can find truly great inspirational moments throughout the record (track 5 ‘Rain’ being one of my favorites), but my opinion is that it’s just not as innovative as one might expect after bumping into praises about everywhere (just read reissue producer Arnaldo de Souteiro’s liner notes on and the AMG review posted by Zeca). People aware of e.g. Carlos Paredes’ (1925-2004) work with the Portuguese guitar will recognize him as the main inspiration for Bonfa’s “Instrospection”. Some evidence? Drop by or

Monday, 15 October, 2007

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