Dirty Linen (4-5/99, p.69) - "...a musically diverse and enjoyable recording....The surprises reveal less about the musicians' geographic origins and more about the amazing musical terrain open to exploration by all comers."
Personnel includes: Gilberto Gil, Marlui Miranda (vocals, acoustic guitar); Trilok Gurtu (vocals, percussion); Celso Fonseca (guitar); Toninho Ferragutti (accordion); Bugge Wesseltoft (piano, keyboards); Rodolfo Stroeter (acoustic & electric basses); Zezinho Pitoco (drums, zabumba); Guelo (percussion).
Engineers: Jan Eric Kongshaug, Alberto Ranellucci.
Principally recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway in November 1994. Includes liner notes by Hermano Vianna.
O SOL DE OSLO was nominated for the 2000 Latin Grammy Award for Best Musica Popular Brasileira Album.
This 1998 Gilberto Gil recording is rather different from QUANTA and his other '90s releases. With SOL DE OSLO, Gil attempts to represent some of the culturally diverse variations of the music of Brazil's Northeast, known as the sertao (backlands.) He brings with him the lovely accordion playing of Toninho Ferragutti, as well as a tabla player and various other instruments representing a cross-cultural, trans-global sound.
As if this were not enough, Gil and his musicians also collect traditional songs from all over Brazil to be performed alongside originals written by Gil and the producer of SOL DE OSLO, Rodolfo Stroeter. Gil's voice is as beautiful and strong as always. The odd assortment of instruments is used quite tastefully, and guest vocalist Marlui Mirandi--who has worked with indigenous tribes of the Amazon--shines in a manner not heard on her own records. SOL DE OSLO shows that even after 30 years, Gilberto Gil was still one of the most inventive figures in Brazilian music.