Octohpera is a Brazilian group that has a long history despite releasing their first album only some ten years after the group was founded. The band was born from the idea of Pablo Marques and Paulo Elizardo. The group consists of Pablo Marques (electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, violin), Robson Bertolossi (lead vocals), Paulo Elizardo (keyboards, vocals), Julian Quilodran (bass, flute) and Marcio Baltar (drums). Their music is symphonic progressive in the seventies tradition. The debut album "Bons Amigos" ("Three Friends") was released in 2002. As it can be figured from the album title alone, Gentle Giant has heavily influenced the music of this album…
The guitar of Toninho Horta is always a treat, but on this 2005 album it's made even better by some lyrically light flute work from Nicola Stilo! The set's got a dreamy quality that really gets at the gentler sound of Horta's work on guitar – and a few tunes even feature his vocals, singing in a laidback way that has echoes of the earlier bossa era, but a more gently jazzy approach overall. Stilo plays a variety of flutes on the set, and titles include a great version of Coltrane's "Naima", plus "Very Early", "Vento", "My Ideal", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Meu Canario", "Bons Amigos", and "Illusion".
Toninho Horta comes from the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil, from the same place and the same group of composers and musicians which gave us Milton Nascimento. Some of the most notable songs recorded by Nascimento are Horta's compositions, featuring "Beijo Partido" in Nascimento's album "Minas". This was a Horta's album recorded in 1989 for Verve Forecast. His inspiration on beautiful songs and sophisticated arrangements are all there. Also Pat Metheny plays the title song "Moonstone" in a guitar duo with Horta in this CD.
Pappo was an Argentinean guitarist/singer that rose to prominence in the 70's, mainly through his ever-changing blues rock band, Pappo's Blues. He'd go on to achieve legendary status, being regarded as Argentina's greatest guitarist of all time and performing together with international artists such as B.B. King.