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Fernanda Cunha Olhos de Mar

Fernanda Cunha: Olhos de Mar

MP-Brilliant! So often I read about Brazilian artists complaining about the lack of new Música Popular Brasileira (MPB, Brazilian Popular Music). Unfortunately the reality in Brazil is not the brightest when it comes to MPB. It seems radio stations continue a tragic love affair with what’s popular, relegating quality MPB to the back of their …

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Nelson Faria

Nelson Faria: Um Café Lá Em Casa

Making Music with Friends Guitarist, arranger, composer and educator, Nelson Faria (Belo Horizonte – MG, 1963) is an international and well respected musician admired by his peers, critics and fans alike. Besides having released over a dozen albums in solo, duo and trio formats, he is behind some of the most significant recordings in the Brazilian songbook. …

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Longe, Longe

Humberto Barros: Longe, Longe

Fun Again Keyboard player Humberto Barros is a very welcoming musician. When he releases a CD, it feels like you’re entering the living room of someone who loves to show you around his musical surprises. Humberto has a way to come up with music that bursts with originality. He’s mainly a keyboard player, but in …

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Antonio Adolfo: Tema

An Impressive Career Prolific probably is not an accurate word when it comes to Antonio Adolfo (1947, Rio de Janeiro). It doesn’t quite describe just how much this composer, pianist, arranger, producer and teacher does in what most of us struggle with in a mere 24-hour day. In the last two years, for example, he has recorded …

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Symphony in Bossa

Minas: Symphony in Bossa

Symphonic Bossa Five years before the release of Bossa Nova Day (2009), Orlando Haddad and Patricia King had started a major scale collaboration with maestro Bill Zaccagni to produce an album for their group Minas. The plan was to use their own compositions along with others from the Brazilian songbook. Unfortunately, Bill Zaccagni passed away in 2007. Nevertheless, the …

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World of Pixinguinha

Hamilton de Holanda: World of Pixinguinha

Perfect again! Mandolin player Hamilton de Holanda never sleeps. If he’s not on tour somewhere in the world, then he can be found in a recording studio. For this album, Hamilton combined the two: he recorded the album in studios at various places all over the world. In each place he invited a very special …

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Batente de Pau de Casarao

Túlio Borges: Batente de Pau de Casarão

Forró and Poetry from the People A year or so after the release of Eu Venho Vagando no Ar, Túlio Borges began to work on his next project. That first album garnered the attention of critics all over Brazil as well as abroad. For example, Brazilian critic and musicologist Zuza Homen de Mello succinctly told his readers …

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Casa Aberta

Lili Araújo: Casa Aberta

Substance Meets Style Immediately upon hearing the initial groove of “Negro Coração” (composed by Alegre Corrêa and Raul Boiera), the song chosen to open the second release of Rio born vocalist / composer Lili Araújo, entitled Casa Aberta (Delira Música, 2012), you know you are going to be on an interesting, yet relaxing, musical journey. …

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Simone Sou, Guilherme Kastrup and Benjamim Taubkin: Sounds of Life

A World of Sounds It’s hard to describe this album. The collaboration between the percussionists duo Soukast (Simone Sou and Guilherme Kastrup) and pianist Benjamim Taubkin is full of surprises. The musical conversation between the artists covers an interesting variety of international styles. Against the polyrhythmic percussion there is the not lesser inventive mind of …

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Meu Coração Brasileiro

Jeff Kunkel: Meu Coração Brasileiro

A Trip to Brazil A native of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA), Dr. Jeffrey Kunkel is the coordinator of jazz studies at Montclair State University (New Jersey). His teaching portfolio includes classes in jazz history, theory, improvisation and pedagogy. The winner of the 2008 New Jersey Jazz Education Achievement Award for excellence in the field of jazz education, …

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Wanda Sá Ao Vivo

Wanda Sá: Ao Vivo

All about Bossa Nova When Wanda Sá, born in São Paulo (1944) but living in Rio since she was one month old, released her first album, Vagamente (1964), Brazil had its personification of Bossa Nova. With her soft, sultry voice, the then 19-year-old singer/guitarist performed some of the finest compositions of that genre. Accompanied by …

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Hamilton de Holanda: Caprichos

Finger Exercises It’s commonly known that Hamilton de Holanda has a more than dazzling technique on the ten-string mandolin. When you hear him play it’s almost hard to believe that his music is actually happening. Helped by an unique talent, Hamilton never shied away from exercising the hard way on the instrument. While recording and …

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