Critically acclaimed Brazilian Bluesman
Born in Angola in 1957, Nuno Mindelis was building and playing guitars by the time he was nine years old. Nuno’s family lost everything in the Angolan Civil War, and he was forced to flee his home at age 17. After a year of separation, he was reunited with his family in Brazil and continued to pursue his music.
Nuno’s early work, including the albums Blues & Derivados, and Long Distance Blues, received very positive reviews in Brazilian National media. “Guitar Player Magazine” profiled Nuno in an issue, with editor Jas Obrecht comparing Nuno to Jimmy Page (“think Jimmy Page ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby'”). Further recognition came in the 30th Anniversary Guitar Player Magazine Competition, where Nuno was named “Best Blues Guitarist”. Nuno subsequently recorded “Texas Bound”, featuring Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s famed rhythm section, “Double Trouble.” “Texas Bound” came to be the top seller in Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) and brought worldwide recognition.
Nuno followed with another album featuring Double Trouble, entitled “Blues on the Outside.” After
his first appearance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2001, Nuno was named by critics as the “best blues guitar” player of the Festival that year.
After the release of his album “Twelve Hours,” which featured more original Blues tunes, Nuno released an album, “Outros Nunos”, specially dedicated to Brazil. All the songs were recorded entirely in Portuguese and treated listeners to a fusion of other musical elements, including rap, hip hop and samba).The album received laudatory reviews and was considered one of the year’s best albums in Brazil. In 2010, Nuno released “Free Blues.’ Carol Borrington of Blues Matters Magazine-UK wrote: “In this CD you will find some of the best blues guitaring around”.
“Angels & Clowns.” produced by Duke Robillard, takes Nuno’s music to a completely new level. Backed by the Duke Robillard Band, critics agree that “Angels & Clowns” is an important part of a contemporary Blues collection.
â€œâ€¦itâ€™s clear from the opening duet with Sunny Crownover, â€œItâ€™s All About Loveâ€ that he, (Nuno) not only has the requisite killer chops, but he sings soulfully tooâ€¦This record is as much about good songs as it is about extended guitar breaks.â€
Blues that lifts your spirits and floods your soulâ€
Should you only buy one album this year… then make sure it is Angels & Clowns by Nuno Mindelis as seldom does an artist come along whose sound is so natural that it appears effortless and yet has it all!
â€“ Blues Connections
â€œBrazilian guitarist/vocalist Mindelis matches up his ebullient, blues-bound guitar work and understated, almost offhand vocal style with deceitfully simple but highly potent lyric setsâ€¦ The Duke Robillard Bandâ€™s mellow funk backup provides an ideal finishing touch. Screaming for airplay is the instantly infectious leadoff track, â€œItâ€™s All About Loveâ€.â€
– Roots Music Report
â€œBrazilian blues guitarist Nuno Mindelis has enlisted the aid of the Duke Robillard Band on his latest record Angels & Clownsâ€¦ The music leaps from the speakers invading the listener’s ears with soulful rhythms and bluesy guitar riffsâ€¦ You could compare it to the comfort of a home cooked meal, it makes you feel good. Give it a listen you will not be disappointed.â€
– Chris Martin, Examiner