Born: September 2, 1917 | Died: July 26, 1995 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Laurindo Almeida was born on September 2, 1917, Sao Paulo, Brazil, A fluent and skilled musician, famous in his native country as a classical Spanish guitar player, Almeida came to the USA in the 40s to work in film and television studios(he composed music for over 800 movies & TV series and recorded numerous LPs and CDs). His jazz work was first widely exposed during a spell with Stan Kenton in the late 40s. Although continuing his film and television work, Almeida also took many opportunities to play jazz, joining forces with bassist Harry Babasin, altoist Bud Shank and drummer Roy Harte in 1953. The work of this group anticipated many of the hallmarks of the bossa nova craze which came a few years later.
In 1974 Almeida gained further appreciation when he was teamed with bassist Ray Brown, drummer Chuck Flores and Shank to form the La Four. Records by this group, with Flores replaced successively by Shelly Manne and Jeff Hamilton, and later teamings with Shank in duo performances and with fellow guitarists Larry Coryell and Charlie Byrd, show Almeida to have lost none of the distinctive style that sets his work apart from the mainstream of jazz guitar. His career has been celebrated by winning among others grammy awards in 1959 for his performance on Danzas, in 1960 for The Spanish Guitars Of Laurindo Almeida and Conversations With The Guitar. The following year he gained two more with Discantos and Reverie For Spanish Guitars and in 1962 further honours with nominations with Viva Bossa Nova! in the Best Performance By An Orchestra For Dancing and Best Jazz Performance categories and a third nomination with The Intimate Bach (Best Classical performance). In 1964 the album Guitar From Ipanema won the grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, in 1972 he was nominated for the Best Soloist award with The Art Of Laurindo Almeida. He died July 26th 1995 in Van Nuys, California, USA.
- Collaboration (with The Modern Jazz Quarter)
- Brazilliance (vol. 1)
- Brazilliance (vol. 2)
- Happy Cha Cha Cha
- Viva Bossa Nova!
- Ole! Bossa Nova
- Broadway Solo Guitar
- Guitar From Ipanema
- Laurindo Almeida's San Fernando Guitars: New Broadway-Hollywood Hits
- A Man and a Woman
- The Look of Love
- Conversations With the Guitar Capitol SP8532
- Reverie for Spanish Guitars Capitol P8571
- Acapulco '22
- Duets with the Spanish Guitar Capitol P8406
- The Spanish Guitars of Laurindo Almeida
- For My True Love Capitol SP8461
- Impressoes do Brasil Capitol P8381
- Danzas! Capitol P8467
- Contemporary Creations for Spanish Guitar Capitol P8447
- The New World of the Guitar Capitol 8392
- Guitar Music of Latin America Capitol P8321
- The Guitar Worlds of Laurindo Almeida Capitol SP8546
- Jazz From A to B Unique Jazz UNQ1049
- Brazilian soul (duo with Charlie Bird)1981-1983
- Latin Odyssey (with Charlie Bird)1981-1983
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