12 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The guitarist defies boundaries with styles from across the map.

Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

The guitarist defies boundaries with styles from across the map.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

2 the fork ,

A trip worth taking

This project has been 10 years in the making, and some of these songs have been heard in live performance in that time. If you know some of these songs like Kama, Ezra, or Little Dream from hearing them instrumentally at a live gig, it's going to take a little getting used to Caipi because it's a very "vocal" album. There is wordless singing throughout the tunes, and also lyrics to some tunes in both English and Portuguese.
Don't let that throw you, although I hope Kurt doesn't decide to permanently go the "crooner" route. He's not the only vocalist, and most of the tunes feature a few voices together, although one usually is the lead voice.
You're probably aware that he's been singing along to his playing seemingly forever, and has often performed with a lapel mic or in front of a mic on a stand. Those vocals were usually pretty low in the mix, and the ones on Caipi are definitely front and center.
What sells this all for me, as is usually the case with him, is his great writing. I don't think anyone is capable of creating the musical worlds that Kurt can take you into. Kurt's playing most of the instruments here, but there are occasional guests like Mark Turner and Pedro Martins. Eric Clapton actually takes a subdued guitar solo on a tune that has a great piano solo from Kurt.
For those wondering, Kurt does take his own share of guitar solos too. They, of course, are fabulous. It may take a few listens to really let you embrace it, but my guess is that you will, and indeed find Caipi takes you on a trip worth taking.

Baby fat ,

Amazing

Another amazing performance. Kurt continues to prove that he is an innovator in the vein of Pat Metheny but Kurt is blazing his own trail.

Dependable Reviewer ,

Impossible to escape Shorter and Metheny

Good music overall, but not distinct fro, and done better by the creators of this sound. It's literally impossible for modern guitarists to escape the trajectory of Wayne Shorter and Pat Metheny. That's not a bad thing but it just shows how utterly dominating their influence has been. If you have heard Native Dancer and some PMG albums, you'll fully comprehend the sound here.

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