Francisco Pais: Verde
Guitarist Francisco Pais comes from a small town in Portugal where every shade of green seems to burst forth from the land. On his new album “Verde,” numerous threads from guitar history comprise the compositions, weaving an aural quilt of engaging sounds. You hear shades of Hendrix, Waters, Clapton — and all the jazz titans you can name. You also hear Pais’ expressive voice — and his extraordinary band, which includes Ferenc Nemeth on drums and Myron Walden on tenor sax. Far from “easy listening,” Pais’ music is easy to listen to. And enjoy. Recorded without edits or isolation, “Verde” is pure pleasure.