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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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Many Happy Returns

Jeff Kunkel: Many Happy Returns

Indeed a Happy Return! Not too long ago, I reviewed Jeff Kunkel‘s 2013 Meu Coração Brasileiro. That album was his exploration of the “laid-back Brazilian groove,” as he described it. He’s back now with Many Happy Returns. Produced by Jeff Kunkel and Haroldo Mauro Jr., Many Happy Returns shines with great musicians, arrangements and new music. The …

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Atento aos Sinais - Vivo

Ney Matogrosso: Atento aos Sinais – Vivo

Still Sounding Great Either you like him or you don’t: Ney Matogrosso. The controversial singer/performer from Bela Vista, Mato Grosso do Sul (1941) is full of surprises. He likes to dive into a very diverse range of repertoires. Whether it’s a chamber-music kind of setting; choro, samba, bossa, pop or rock: leave it to Ney …

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Canta Ary, Tom e Caymmi

Rosa Passos: Canta Ary, Tom e Caymmi

A Perfect Compilation Three of the greatest Brazilian composers of all time performed by one of the nicest voices in bossa nova. Here’s Canta Ary, Tom e Caymmi, an album that highlights the unique qualities of the Brazilian music culture. Singer, guitarist and composer Rosa Passos (Salvador de Bahia, 1952) is highly respected and loved …

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As Estações na Cantareira

André Mehmari, Neymar Dias, Sérgio Reze: As Estações na Cantareira

Another Gem Pianist, arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist André Mehmari is one of those artists who has solidified his name in the Brazilian music scene at a very early age. Born in Niterói (Rio de Janeiro, 1977), he showed interest in music as a child while listening to his mother playing the piano in their home …

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Canções de Gilson Peranzzetta

Gustavo Baião: Canções de Gilson Peranzzetta

Songs for a Lifetime In a country where female singers seem to be better known than their male counterparts, it is often rewarding to hear of a new Brazilian male singer. The benefits are even better when he comes from outside the Rio de Janeiro – São Paulo axis. That is precisely the case of Gustavo …

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Imaginário

Imaginário: John Finbury featuring Marcella Camargo

Luscious Bossa Bossa Nova is a genre that seems to evoke feelings and emotions merely with its soft and smooth sounds. One Bossa Nova song can create the image of a sailboat and make you feel like sailing it on calm waters.  Another song can bring out the passion you felt when you first laid eyes …

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Vinil Virtual

Daniela Mercury: Vinil Virtual

Making Her Statement The story of Daniela Mercury (Salvador, Bahia, 1965) is a complex one. The easy part is that she fell in love with dancing at a very young age. Her wish to be a vocalist was triggered when she was only 13 years old, after hearing the late great singer Elis Regina (1945-1982). …

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Rota Alternativa

João Gaspar: Rota Alternativa

Having fun again Time flies when you’re having fun! Can’t believe there are no less than eight years between the releases of guitarist João Gaspar’s first two albums! After all these years Camaleão Carioca (2007) is still a frequent guest in my CD player; an amazingly beautiful and, as it seems now, timeless album. Now …

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