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Solar / Lucas Arruda

Lucas Arruda - Solar

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"Solar", the sophomore release from Brazilian keyboardist Lucas Arruda demonstrates significant growth from his debut, "Sambadi. Arruda skillfully blends fusion and Brazilian rhythms over his warm and sublime arrangements. "Uma Onda" is laid back hazy fusion that features Alex Malheiros of Asymuth on bass. On "Melt The Night" Leon Ware's vocals blend perfectly with Arruda's compositions. It would've been nice to feature him on another track or two here. "Aqua" is a pretty ballad influenced by Arruda's love for RnB and soul music. With another solid album under his belt it's clear that Arruda is one of the shinning stars on the Brazilian music scene today.

Reg Dancy, 12/15