Concert Review: Bill Frisell and Vinicius Cantuária – Lagrimas Mexicanas

FrissellDid you ever listen to the classic jazz album “Getz/Gilberto”, you know, the album with the timeless classic song “ The Girl from Ipanema”? That record, which came out in 1964, brought the sounds of Brazilian Bossa Nova to the world, and is a standard by which all other Brazilian music is compared.

So when I went to see and hear one of my favorite guitar players, Bill Frisell at Jazz Alley July 29, being joined by Vinicius Cantuária, I knew I was going to hear something special. But with the show being billed as “Lagrimas Mexicanas”, I was expecting more of a Mexican musical flavor. Much to my surprise, this was the next best thing to hearing “Getz/Gilberto” in concert.

Bill Frisell has become one of the great guitarists in the world that can play any type of guitar music. I became aware of his music over 20 years ago with his early jazz recordings to his soundtrack interpretations of the likes of Buster Keaton. I had always enjoyed Frisell’s guitar stylings, subtle but very much there and present.

Vinicius Cantuária has been recording since 1982 and has played with a list of some my favorite artists including Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Marc Ribot, David Byrne and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Seeing and hearing him on acoustic guitar, his lovely melodies filled the space between Frisell’s atmospheric guitar riffs, that made for a wonderful collaboration. Vinicius Cantuária sang in Portuguese, which took you right into the Bossa Nova groove and allowed for a pleasant trip back in time to 1964 when the music seemed to blow through the coastal breezes of Rio de Janeiro.

About Peter Dervin

Peter Dervin Bio I was born in Los Angeles, raised on BOSS Radio KHJ 930AM listening to the Real Don Steele, grew up listening to Dr. Demento on KMET 94.7, graduated to Rodney Bengenheimer on KROQ-FM. Started collecting records in high school, I haven’t stopped. Moved to the Northwest in 1989. Became a disc jockey and program host on 90.7 KSER in Everett, I was there for 18 years. Owned a record shop from 1993-1995 called Orbit Records. Mike McCready from Pearl Jam bought a PJ 45 from me. I wrote music reviews for a monthly called “The Taste of Everett”. I was Editor of a trade publication called the “Northwest Landscape Professional” I had always been photographing at the concerts I’ve attended. In 2010, the Grateful Dead used my photos from 1980 on a Road Trips CD release. I then began the journey of taking my photography to the next level. I have photographed a who’s who of musicians, bands and artists. From Los Lobos to DEVO and everything in between. You can see my portfolio at I am excited to be working with the folks at Northwest Music Scene, American Rock Scene and American Blues Scene.