Nov 30 2016

Hans Vroomans: Saudade do Brasil

Stunning! Recently I was watching Nelson Faria‘s Um Café Lá em Casa featuring Dutch pianist Hans Vroomans. As a bonus after the show, Nelson released a special video recording of Hans Vroomans playing Antonio Carlos Jobim‘s “Saudade do Brasil.” Although MúsicaBrasileira.org has never reviewed a single YouTube video, this particular rendition deserves your viewing most definitely. So, …

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Nov 18 2016

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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Nov 10 2016

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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Oct 28 2016

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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Oct 01 2016

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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