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Edu Lobo 70 Anos

Edu Lobo: 70 Anos

The Perfect Birthday Party What to do on your birthday when you get 70? Why not do a concert with some of your good friends in one of Brazil’s most beautiful venues? Of course, such a celebration isn’t given to many people, but things get easier when you’re an icon in the Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) …

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Ceumar: Silencia

Back in the Neighborhood This new CD by Ceumar opens with the song “Rio Verde,” about the river that passes through Ceumar’s birthplace Itanhandú. The small city in Minas Gerais was even named by the Indians with that Rio Verde in mind. It may be clear: Ceumar brings a visit to her home, her country …

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Who's the Bossa?

Who’s the Bossa?: The Chamber Music Project

The Democracy of Bossa Nova   It was on July 10th, 1958 when “Chega de Saudade” had its final recording as title track on João Gilberto’s album. The composition by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes is marked as the beginning of Bossa Nova. Exact 50 years later, in 2008 on the same day, …

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Caymmi Centenário

The Immortality of Dorival Caymmi How special can it get: an album that opens with the voices of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Chico Buarque. Something serious must be going on… It must have been since 1995 when the three star vocalists were joined together. It was on stage during a memorable New Year’s Eve …

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Ninho de Vespa

SpokFrevo Orquestra: Ninho de Vespa

Frevo Fever! The time has finally come for world listeners to enjoy one of the most venerable and electrifying musical genres in Brazil. Still very much alive in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Frevo is synonymous with Carnaval in the Brazilian northeast, especially in the Recife (Pernambuco’s capital) metropolitan area, including Olinda, of course. If …

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Meus Quintas

Maria Bethânia: Meus Quintais

Continuing… Maria Bethânia’s backyard is full of Brazilian tradition. Just like Brazil’s backyards. As one of the country’s most popular vocalists, she loves to share with her audience a repertoire that represents the social and ethnic diversity of Brazil. At this particular moment in her life, Bethânia ventilates her emotions in a masterful way. It’s …

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10 Degrees South

Sherie Julianne: 10 Degrees South

A Noteworthy Debut Raised in Miami and now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sherie Julianne recently released her first solo album, 10 Degrees South, with solid arrangements by Brazilian pianist Marcos Silva, who has been her mentor for over 10 years at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. He brings his vast experience with such stars …

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Na Carreira

Chico Buarque: Na Carreira

A Beautiful Career When Francisco “Chico” Buarque de Holanda was thinking about going on tour with the songs of his latest studio album (Chico, 2011), he decided to make something like a career-overview of it. Not an easy task if you consider that he had a choice of more than 400 compositions. Somehow he managed …

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Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2

Harvey Wainapel: Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2

Good Friends in All the Right Places! Following his successful 2007 Amigos Brasileiros, Harvey Wainapel (saxophonist and clarinetist) revisits that idea with a great twist. Whereas in that CD he was surrounded by musician primarily from the southeast of Brazil (mainly the Rio de Janeiro-São Paulo area), this time Wainapel travels northeast to delve into the rich …

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Organ tRio

Ricardo Silveira: Organ tRio

The Good Old Days The career of guitarist Ricardo Silveira is a rock solid one. As an all-round musician he has performed on countless (recording) dates ranging from MPB, Bossa Nova, fusion, jazz, pop, … Ricardo Silveira (Rio de Janeiro, 1956) spent a few years in Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music, …

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