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Suíte Três Rios

Dan Costa: Suíte Três Rios

Endless Sea of Excellence! Brazilian music has really solidified its presence in the world music scene. Countless artists across the globe have performed and recorded classics from the Brazilian songbook. Each year new names surface with noteworthy albums. Dan Costa (London, UK – 1989) is yet another newcomer who creates Brazilian music and extends our …

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Amanhã

José Luiz Martins Trio: Amanhã

A Remarkable Debut If anyone needs more proof that jazz in Brazil is alive and kicking: here’s the José Luiz Martins Trio. Recorded in 2014 but released (after a successful crowdfunding) in 2016, the trio from São Paulo delivers a more than interesting piece of work. Its leader, José Luiz Martins, shows an incredible flexibility …

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Calendário do Afeto

Carlos Walter: Calendário do (A)Feto

A Labor of Love The anticipation of a first child can create anxiety for a lot of parents. There are so many issues to be addressed and taken care of during those months leading up to child birth. For Minas Gerais guitarist and composer Carlos Walter (Uberaba, Minas Gerais, 1979), however, the anticipation of his first …

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Brazilian Samba Jazz

Raul de Souza: Brazilian Samba Jazz

Ageless The picture that decorates the cover of Raul de Souza’s most recent album, shows the trombonist on the stairs of Rua Manuel Carneiro, the street that connects Rio’s Santa Teresa and Lapa neighborhoods. The 215 steps of the stairs (Escadaria Selaron) are covered with tiles and ceramics from all over the world. It very …

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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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