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Fabio Mignola — Encantado

Dec. 1, 2018

After almost a decade’s absence from the scene, guitarist/composer Fabio Mignola brings his exotic style of Mediterranean and Brazilian charm back to us with his latest offering Encantado, a project thick with the lure of Brazilian beauty with a smooth delivery that’s also laced with the equivalent of a good glass of Caipifruta.

Nothing here suggests a wild and crazy ride on a funk or R&B train, but true tropical music lovers will definitely identify with the easy and deliberate stroll of Encantado.

From the lively, appropriately-titled lead track “Cheer Up” to the slick and gentle title track to the melodic and romantic “Your Smiling Eyes” to “Brazilian Breeze” which invites you to feel that breeze to the jazzy and bright “Sweet Whim” to the catchy and easily adorable “Jacaranda” to another romantic goodie called “Silky Lips,” and beyond, Mignola paints an irresistible picture of the beauty of Brazilian music and everything resembling it.

With the help of convincing vocalists Sofia Vassere and Laura Pura and flautist Ezio Della Torre, Mignola bottled the refreshing air of Brazilian magic and uncorked it at the right moment here.

This marks the return of one artist who took quite the sabbatical but leaves it all on this record for those who dig the Brazilian temptation. I think he can be easily forgiven for making us wait. After all, fine wine has to be allowed to take all the time it needs to be all it can be. Such is the case with Mignola. Take a sip, and marvel at the texture. — Ronald Jackson