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Honey & Air

Requinte Trio: Honey & Air

Refined and Classy Before I listened to Requinte Trio’s Honey & Air the first time, I cannot deny my apprehension mixed with anticipation. Having only been familiar with Janis Siegel (one of the founding members of the famous Manhattan Transfer), I didn’t know what to expect. Would this be an album with Brazilian songs performed in English …

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Abraçar e Agradecer

Maria Bethânia: Abraçar e Agradecer

A Feast of Recognition It was on my 7th birthday that Maria Bethânia performed her first serious concert; February 13, 1965. That’s more than 50 years ago, which means that there’s a nice opportunity to create a special event. With a serious repertoire of almost 50 songs, Bethânia opened her celebration tour in January 2015 …

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Catamarã

André Siqueira: Catamarã

Smooth Sailing It is not every day that I hear about a guitarist from the Brazilian southern state of Paraná. A graduate from the State University of Londrina (Paraná), André Siqueira presently teaches harmony and counterpoint, arrangement and guitar at that institution. Composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (guitars, flutes, viola caipira, bass and the Portuguese guitar), André …

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Trio$

Marcos Nimrichter: Trio$

Long Overdue The first solo album by Marcos Nimrichter dates back to 2003. The album, reviewed here in MB, impressed me with its polished production and arrangements. In 2006, along with Caio Márcio (acoustic and electric guitars), Marcos released Radamés em Companhia. That album was devoted to the music of Radamés Gnattali, K-Ximbinho, Guinga and …

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Clouds of Rain

Nigel Shore: Clouds of Rain

After the Rain It’s always fun if something unexpected is heard on a CD. How about featuring an oboe in Brazilian music? The album Clouds of Rain proves in a most beautiful way that it’s possible. It’s a daring challenge, but it works when the oboe is played by someone who knows what Brazilian music …

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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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