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Amor Geral

Fernanda Abreu: Amor Geral

Back in Town It’s hard to believe that it’s already 10 years ago since Fernanda Abreu was last seen in the CD business! Her last album, MTV Ao Vivo, dates back from 2006. “Danceable samba-funk” was a nice way to describe the music of Fernanda Abreu (Rio de Janeiro, 1961). This is the 7th album …

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Jeri

Ricardo Silveira: Jeri

The Meaning of Cool In 1984, Ricardo Silveira (Rio de Janeiro, 1956) released his first album (Bom de Tocar), and since then his career has been nothing but a solid presence in the Brazilian and international instrumental music scene. From 1986 through 1991, he was a member of the Banda Zil. To say his music portfolio …

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Jobim 90

Fernanda Cunha: Jobim 90

Sovereign Maestro On January 25, 2017, Antonio Carlos Jobim would have been 90 years old. Known among other musicians as the Maestro Soberano (Sovereign Maestro), Jobim wrote hundreds of Bossa Nova standards performed by singers all over the world. Anyone who’s ever heard any Brazilian music will likely have heard at least one Jobim song. It …

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Horizonte

David Feldman: Horizonte

Rich Horizon Carioca pianist, producer and composer David Feldman (Rio de Janeiro, 1978) was born in an instrumentalist family. At the early age of four, he began his formal musical education, and in 2002, he graduated from the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in New York. He also studied with Luiz Eça. He has …

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Danilo Brito

Danilo Brito: Danilo Brito

Choro Heir One of the most authentic forms of Brazilian music, choro has been honored at home and abroad. Many names have carried the choro tradition through the ages. Traditionally performed on mandolin, choro requires two essential elements: soul and dexterity.  Waldir Azevedo, Jacob do Bandolim, Joel do Nascimento and more recently Hamilton de Holanda …

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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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