Album profile: Instrumental Social mixes the new urban sounds of Brazil using technology; a dose of live instrumentation where '60s soul-jazz and bossa beats gets a dash of '70s samba-funk, forming the basis of well-crafted compositions. The sophisticated melodies dance out of the stereo as though they come straight from somewhere inside: intimate, clean, and beautiful. Needless to say, this is no revival work. Electronic beats and subtle hip-hop rhythms mesh naturally with live drums and percussion, vintage keyboards and nylon guitars, with the jazzy trumpet of Brazil's of samba funk maestro and founder of Banda Black Rio - Barrosinho. The global influences are vast, but they're merely the springboards from which Pontual jumps to create his absurdly cool musical universe. Combining a distinctly new, eclectic mix of influences from one of Brazil's best modern guitarist, with a live performance carrying more verve than any of their peers on the nu Brazilian jazz scene, Carlos Pontual appeals to the discerning listener as does the masters that influenced him throughout his career. This is top quality club jazz! 4 Stars! Mike Holbart | Financial Times UK 09/08 An excellent job! 4 Starts - Rolling Stone Magazine | Brazil 05/08 A refreshing nu jazz album! O Globo Newspaper | Brazil 05/08 Carlos Pontual - Biography Born in Rio De Janeiro in May of 1972, Carlos Pontual started his first musical studies with piano lessons at the tender age of 05, by the time he hit his 10th birthday he was comfortable seating at the piano, when at 13 he finally picked up the guitar for lessons in classical and jazz. He studied Composition at University of Rio de Janeiro while playing the bass on composer 'Osvaldo Pereira' samba group "O Cara do Tempo", soon after Carlos became the producer of Mr. Barrosinho, one of Brazil's most celebrate trumpeter and founder of infamous Samba Funk 70's super group - Banda Black Rio, on an album entitled - 'O Sopro do Espirito' (A Spirit's Blow), which was consider by Ed Motta as one of the best jazz albums of recent times. Composer and guitarist of the instrumental group 'Caldo Grosso', whose musicians came to record his first two records, Carlos participated as musical director and composer of Circus group 'Atrupelados'. He also won best soundtrack for "Geraldo Voador" from director Bruno Viana in 92 but also with \'Guarnicê de Cine-Video (1995)". Alternating between musical direction, multi instrumentalist, producer, composer, arranger and singer, Carlos Pontual has recorded with Vocal Group Equale and American keyboard player Alex Veley, among others. In 1999 his independent debut - 'Miolo do Som', was consider by musical producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro (A Trip to Brazil, Dom Um Romão, Ithamara Koorax) as "a work of a brilliant musicianship, impossible to describe\'. In it Carlos mixes MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira with jazz and rock - from Brazilian legends Mutantes all the way to Frank Zappa. In a MTV pool in 2003 Carlos Pontual was considered one of the best Brazilian guitarists next to Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Lúcio Maia (Nação Zumbi) and Lanny Gordin via the work he has, since 2000, been doing with Nando Reis, one of the most important singer/songwriters in the country and founder of 80's group TITAS - recording with him "Infernal" e "A Letra A", \'Ao Vivo MTV\' e \'Sim e Não\'. among other albums (Universal Brasil). Lately Carlos has just finish working on a 'Black Music' MPB (Music Popular Brasileira) album, with his friend and Brazilian comedian - Loroza. As well as have produced Brazil's power house singer/songwriter Nando Reis latest release Luau MTV while keeping busy producing ringtones for MOTOROLA and soundtracks for MTV - Brazil.