Kees Schoof

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Aug 28 2015

Humberto Barros: Longe, Longe

Longe, Longe

Fun Again Keyboard player Humberto Barros is a very welcoming musician. When he releases a CD, it feels like you’re entering the living room of someone who loves to show you around his musical surprises. Humberto has a way to come up with music that bursts with originality. He’s mainly a keyboard player, but in …

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Jul 24 2015

Hamilton de Holanda: World of Pixinguinha

World of Pixinguinha

Perfect again! Mandolin player Hamilton de Holanda never sleeps. If he’s not on tour somewhere in the world, then he can be found in a recording studio. For this album, Hamilton combined the two: he recorded the album in studios at various places all over the world. In each place he invited a very special …

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May 08 2015

Simone Sou, Guilherme Kastrup and Benjamim Taubkin: Sounds of Life

SouKastTaubkin

A World of Sounds It’s hard to describe this album. The collaboration between the percussionists duo Soukast (Simone Sou and Guilherme Kastrup) and pianist Benjamim Taubkin is full of surprises. The musical conversation between the artists covers an interesting variety of international styles. Against the polyrhythmic percussion there is the not lesser inventive mind of …

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Apr 07 2015

Wanda Sá: Ao Vivo

Wanda Sá Ao Vivo

All about Bossa Nova When Wanda Sá, born in São Paulo (1944) but living in Rio since she was one month old, released her first album, Vagamente (1964), Brazil had its personification of Bossa Nova. With her soft, sultry voice, the then 19-year-old singer/guitarist performed some of the finest compositions of that genre. Accompanied by …

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Mar 06 2015

Hamilton de Holanda: Caprichos

Caprichos

Finger Exercises It’s commonly known that Hamilton de Holanda has a more than dazzling technique on the ten-string mandolin. When you hear him play it’s almost hard to believe that his music is actually happening. Helped by an unique talent, Hamilton never shied away from exercising the hard way on the instrument. While recording and …

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Jan 27 2015

Andrea dos Guimarães: Desvelo

Desvelo

Modern Tradition When I heard the second album of Conversa Ribeira (Águas Memórias, 2013), I was struck by the beautiful sound of the trio. At least for one third, the voice of Andrea dos Guimarães was responsible for that. The singer from Minas Gerais (but now living in São Paulo) has a pure sounding voice, …

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Dec 09 2014

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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Nov 25 2014

Ceumar: Silencia

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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Nov 14 2014

Who’s the Bossa?: The Chamber Music Project

Who's the Bossa?

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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Nov 08 2014

Caymmi Centenário

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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