Video Pick of the Week: Carlos Barbosa-Lima Plays ‘Cochichando’

You can’t lose with Carlos Barbosa-Lima. The Brazil native has been an acclaimed guitarist since the late 1950s (he started young), responsible for transcriptions of works by composers such as Scarlatti, Bach, Handel, Debussy, Ravel, as well as more modern writers such as George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luis Bonfa, and so many others—and had numerous works dedicated to him. He’s made albums dominated by tunes by writers as diverse as Scott Joplin, Cole Porter, and his next one, Mason Williams. The guy can play anything, from classical to Latin to jazz.


For this video “Pick,” Barbosa-Lima shows his effortless grace on a piece called “Cochichando,” by Alfredo Viana, a Brazilian composer arranger and reeds player better known as Pixinguinha (1897-1973).