Ari Mendes - De Pai Pra Filho

Published Thursday 15th May 2008
Ari Mendes - De Pai Pra Filho
Ari Mendes - De Pai Pra Filho

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 43851-13489
LABEL: Amen A-MEN112

Reviewed by Gabriel Porras

Ari Mendes is a Brazilian guitarist, bass player, producer, arranger and session musician living and working in the USA. This dazzling album from 2002 is eloquent proof of his skills in all these areas, featuring acoustic solo arrangements of old and new worship songs, where Ari plays various guitars, mandolins, banjos and acoustic bass guitars. Special note must go to his gorgeous jazz treatment of "Give Thanks" ("Dou Gracas"), where the maestro dampens the strings, slides and picks in such an intricate display of instrumental dexterity that I'm convinced that there cannot be a better, cooler version of this song available on CD! Other standouts include "It Is Well With My Soul" ("Sou Feliz Com Jesus") and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" ("Tu Es Fiel"). Well done, Ari - muito bom seu som!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Barroco in Azevedo @ 04:09 on May 16 2008

I know the work of Ari Mendes to many decades, always had good taste, harmonic coherence, melody and mainly the aesthetic musical in the compositions, mirror of its generous personality.

Is not necessary to say of its talent and dexterity technique as musician, these albums come to confirm everything to that what I already admired.

I still wait to see and to hear many projects that will come to follow and that an extensive number of public can feel the flavor of that already they are available.

Barroco Azevedo (Guitarist)

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