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RIP Carlos Barbosa-Lima 

Just read that Carlos Barbosa-Lima, the great Brazilian guitarist, died of a heart attack on February 23. He was 77 years old. I had the great good fortune to meet Carlos in an informal setting at Paco de Malaga's old Guitar Gallery in Washington, DC. It was about 15 years ago, and I was at the Guitar Gallery for a lesson from Paco. Paco was seated with Carlos (whom I did not at first recognize). Paco introduced me to Carlos, and we had a nice hour's talk, primarily about Brazil, where my wife is originally from and where Paco and his wife Ana lived for many years before moving to the US.

Carlos was in town to perform as part of the Marlow Guitar Series, named after Ricardo's father. You may have seen him perform, Ricardo. In any case, the world has lost another great guitarist.




And the end of the fight is a tombstone white,
With the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear, "A fool lies here,
Who tried to hustle the East."

--Rudyard Kipling
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 3 2022 20:56:31
Richard Jernigan

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RE: RIP Carlos Barbosa-Lima (in reply to BarkellWH

Barbosa-Lima was in his twenties when he first performed in Austin. He was already magnificent in his youth.

The last time I saw him was in Honolulu where I lived during the second half of 2000. He shared the stage with Byron Yasui, the virtuoso ukulele player, guitarist and professor at the University of Hawaii. I had heard previously of Barbosa-Lima sharing concerts with local talent.

There were solo pieces by Barbosa-Lima, guitar duets arranged by Yasui, and astonishing ukulele solos by Yasui.

On the front couple of rows there was a delegation of famous local slack-key players. At intermission I spoke to Keola Beamer, whom I had met. He introduced me around. After the concert, Yasui, Barbosa-LIma and the slack key players repaired to the top floor bar at the Ilikai in Waikiki, across the street from where I lived. I was invited to tag along.

Barbosa-Lima displayed detailed knowledge of the slack key scene, and a fair amount of familiarity with solo flamenco players.

The slack key players all were in awe of Paco de Lucia, some of them knew about Sabicas, none seemed to be familiar with Niño Ricardo or Ramon Montoya.

Barbosa-Lima was a great musician and a genuinely likable person. It's sad to hear of his passing.

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RE: RIP Carlos Barbosa-Lima (in reply to BarkellWH


Carlos was in town to perform as part of the Marlow Guitar Series, named after Ricardo's father. You may have seen him perform, Ricardo. In any case, the world has lost another great guitarist.

Yes, he is on the opening track of my dad’s CD with the Quintet…so a sextet on that piece. I played with him as part of the same group at the tribute concert for my father. I did not know him very well but I did see him again when he performed in the series. Here is a pic of my dad and him, probably preparing for the recording session:

Here is the tune:

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CD's and transcriptions available here:
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