Laurindo Almeida Biography

Classical guitarist from Brazil (born 2 September 1917 in Prainha (now called Miracatu), São Paulo, Brazil - died: 26 July 1995 in Van Nuys, California, USA).

Considered a master of the instrument, he could command many styles, most regularly those from his native Brazil.

Not widely known, but featured in a 1964 episode of British BBC TV program "Jazz 625" with Modern Jazz Quartet —including John Lewis, Percy Heath, Connie Kay, & especially vibraphonist Milt Jackson; covering many tracks and periods in a modern jazz style, including a cover of Johann Sebastian Bach and version of track "Swing Low Sweet Chariot"— thus leading to joint album titled "Collaboration".

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