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Ventos do Sul

Ismael Tiso: Ventos do Sul

A Clube da Esquina Legacy The saying goes that the apple does not fall far from the tree. A native of Três Pontas (Minas Gerais, 1986), Ismael Tiso is a living example of that old adage. The family name is well known in Brazil. His cousin, Wagner Tiso, is one of Brazil most renowned arrangers. He …

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Baby Sucessos

Baby do Brasil: Baby Sucessos – A Menina Ainda Dança

Back again Last time we heard about Bernadete Dinorah de Carvalho Cidade, better known as Baby Consuelo or Baby do Brasil, must have been in 1998 with that fantastic album Acústico (with guitarist Nelson Faria, the late great bassist Nico Assumpção and drummer Lincoln Cheib). After that, Baby do Brasil (1952; Niterói, RJ) decided to …

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Saudade

Renato Braz: Saudade

A Voice for the Ages! Can saudade  be accurately defined? Arguably not. Most people believe that the Brazilian word for deep, almost painful, longing and nostalgia is a feeling that offers no direct translation in any other language. Instead of trying to explain saudade, why not hear it? For his U.S. debut album, Saudade, Renato Braz (1968, São …

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Momentum

Gabriel Santiago: Momentum

A Successful Road Ahead! You have heard him with an orchestra (Alive, 2012), with a quintet (The Blue Rock Sessions, 2010), in various other formats (Connections, 2014, and Gabriel Santiago, 2008), and now we are finally presented with an intimate portrait of Gabriel Santiago in a splendid solo album, Momentum. Born in Ilhéus, Bahia (1980) and raised in a …

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Paulinho da Viola

Brasil Sinfônico

Brasil Sinfônico It was an evening of magic, in that beautiful concert hall De Doelen in Rotterdam, Holland. For this special occasion, the graceful Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Manuel López-Gómez (1983, Caracas, Venezuela). His name is known all around the world also because of his inspiring knowledge of the Latin music tradition. He …

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Tropical Infinito

Antonio Adolfo: Tropical Infinito

And Now Something Completely Different… In the last few years I’ve been trying to keep up with Antonio Adolfo‘s discography, and that has not been an easy task. He has released more albums than I can find time to review here in MúsicaBrasileira.org. What is remarkable is that every time he comes out with a …

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Carolina

Carol Saboya: Carolina

Like Father, Like Daughter Four years have passed since we last heard Carol Saboya (Rio de Janeiro, 1975) on a full solo recording. Her 2012 Belezas – The Music of Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento was her US debut following several previous album recorded and distributed in Brazil and Japan. After that 2012 release, we also …

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Encontro

Mark Isbell: Encontro

A Meeting of Brazil with Jazz It’s hard to believe that it’s already seven years ago that saxophonist Mark Isbell released his Samba Copacabana. The album impressed with its high level of Rio-inspired music, recorded with local top players. A sunny atmosphere dominates the listening pleasure on that album. For Encontro, Mark Isbell (1960, Santa …

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Many Happy Returns

Jeff Kunkel: Many Happy Returns

Indeed a Happy Return! Not too long ago, I reviewed Jeff Kunkel‘s 2013 Meu Coração Brasileiro. That album was his exploration of the “laid-back Brazilian groove,” as he described it. He’s back now with Many Happy Returns. Produced by Jeff Kunkel and Haroldo Mauro Jr., Many Happy Returns shines with great musicians, arrangements and new music. The …

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Atento aos Sinais - Vivo

Ney Matogrosso: Atento aos Sinais – Vivo

Still Sounding Great Either you like him or you don’t: Ney Matogrosso. The controversial singer/performer from Bela Vista, Mato Grosso do Sul (1941) is full of surprises. He likes to dive into a very diverse range of repertoires. Whether it’s a chamber-music kind of setting; choro, samba, bossa, pop or rock: leave it to Ney …

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Canta Ary, Tom e Caymmi

Rosa Passos: Canta Ary, Tom e Caymmi

A Perfect Compilation Three of the greatest Brazilian composers of all time performed by one of the nicest voices in bossa nova. Here’s Canta Ary, Tom e Caymmi, an album that highlights the unique qualities of the Brazilian music culture. Singer, guitarist and composer Rosa Passos (Salvador de Bahia, 1952) is highly respected and loved …

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As Estações na Cantareira

André Mehmari, Neymar Dias, Sérgio Reze: As Estações na Cantareira

Another Gem Pianist, arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist André Mehmari is one of those artists who has solidified his name in the Brazilian music scene at a very early age. Born in Niterói (Rio de Janeiro, 1977), he showed interest in music as a child while listening to his mother playing the piano in their home …

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