Jose Neto recorded an album in 1987 that, for me, has never gotten old. It’s acoustic guitar and original compositions. I’ve played it a million times. Okay, not a million, but a lot.
With The Trees
He’s originally from Brazil and started playing at age four, giving him lots of time to practice. Before this album, Mountains and the Sea, he had played with Henry Belafonte, Paquito D’Rivera, Herbie Mann and Airto Moreira. There’s a great tune on the Airto album, Humble People, called Move It on Up that shows him developing the electric chops that would serve him well in the future. Since all this stuff in the past, he’s played a lot of fusion guitar and toured and collaborated with Steve Winwood, but it’s these old tunes that really get me.
The music is quiet, melodic, sweet, mysterious. It’s a moment of creation that I’m glad didn’t get away. It’s funny how these things stay with us.