Some of best jazz I’ve heard ever comes out the soul and guitar of an unlikely Goan boy from Mumbai. I first heard of him through the tremendously jaw-dropping work of music-researcher Naresh Fernandes who on his Taj Mahal Foxtrot website has traced the completely improbable story of India’s love affair with jazz and vice versa.
Rather than try to retell the story of Goa’s Guitar Genius who went to a Better Land underappreciated but like so many others is connecting with an adoring audience after his death, I’ll direct you to Naresh’s wonderful piece. (here)
Given that Amancio’s soulful, exultant music is hard to find and split across the internet and rare collector’s LPs (some of which fetch close to $1000) I’ve put together some really beautiful tracks in an album I’ve called Goa Guitar Genius.
Celebrate one of India’s great sons! Listen to this over and over and over. I sure do.
01 Cry Free
02 Stephano’s Dance
04 Joyce Country
05 A Street in Bombay
06 Hum Dono
09 Ballad for Goa
10 Eastern Dawn
The link has been de-activated at the request of Amancio’s family. You can enjoy his music on You Tube and other internet sites.