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Carta de Amor

Maria Bethânia: Carta de Amor

Confirming Her Status Let’s be honest, but are we waiting for yet another live album by Maria Bethânia? There’s a new live CD/ DVD by the singer every few years. Never many surprises on it but always completely fulfilling the expectations; just like The Rolling Stones do… The British rockers also have the habit to …

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In Rio

Bebel Gilberto in Rio

Pleasing her fans   The easiest choice for someone like Bebel Gilberto (New York, 1966), is to follow in her parent’s tracks. After all she has the legendary João Gilberto as her father and the acclaimed singer Miúcha as her mother. If, on top of that, your uncle is Chico Buarque de Holanda, then it’s …

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Antonio Adolfo

Antonio Adolfo: Instrumental SESC Brasil

A Fine Mixture – Live!   SESC (Serviço Social do Comércio or Social Service of Commerce, founded in 1946) is a non-profit institution in Brazil with the purpose of promoting culture and good-living among workers and traders and their families. Among the many benefits provided by this organization there are shows with Brazilian artists on a …

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É Melhor Ser

Simone: É Melhor Ser

A Female Songwriters’ Celebration! When it was time for Simone to celebrate her career’s 40th anniversary, she had no hesitation to celebrate Brazilian female songwriters. What a wise choice the Cigarra made in picking those songwriters for her 41st solo album, É Melhor Ser. Released in November 2013, produced by Bia Paes Leme and Leandro Braga …

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Marimbanda: YouTube channel

In Your Living Room… With the amount of YouTube videos available in cyberspace — some clearly with poor video and sound qualities — I never felt inclined to write about any particular channels. However, there’s always a first for everything. Since mid-November 2013, I have been enjoying high-quality studio videos produced and shared by Marimbanda. …

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+ Brasileiro

André Vasconcellos Sexteto: + Brasileiro

Serious fun! This is bassist André Vasconcellos’ fourth album. 2, also reviewed on our site, easily gained international success. The bass style of André Vasconcellos (Brasília, 1979) attracts many jazz fans and critics. After 2 there was a live album in 2012. Now we’re pleased to hear + Brasileiro, on which the bassist is surrounded by …

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Beautiful Love

Paulinho Garcia: Beautiful Love

A Love Journey Just in time for a Valentine’s celebration, Paulinho Garcia’s new album, Beautiful Love, presents us with the various complexities of love. Beautiful Love is a collection of Brazilian, Latin American and U.S. standards performed in a very intimate and heartwarming approach. We hear Paulinho’s voice and guitar through this fourteen-song collection. Although he relies …

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Barbosa Trio: Alegria | Szczescie

Crossing Borders   Back in 2008 a new CD ended up in my hands. It was Paula Mirhan & Wagner Barbosa’s Amanhecer. The 11 original songs in that album covered Sambas, Bossa Nova and Baião. It was a promising release by a new duo. Fast forward to 2013 and welcome the Barbosa Trio. Paula’s smooth vocals …

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Hamilton de Holanda: Trio

A Dazzling Dedication to Music   Hamilton de Holanda still is a very busy person. After each album release or show one can start to wonder what his next project will be. As the title suggests, Hamilton (1976, Rio de Janeiro) shows up in a trio formation this time. To accompany him, Hamilton invited André …

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Da Tamancalha ao Sampler

Fato: Da Tamancalha ao Sampler

Seeing and Experiencing the Magic!   In existence since 1994, the group Fato has called Curitiba, the capital city of the southern state of Paraná in Brazil, its home. With five CDs released and nine live shows to date, the group has now granted us outside of Brazil with the exciting visual side of their …

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