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Live Review

A Quarry Concert in Italy

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Rossano Emili / Fat Fingers Saxophone Quartet Hermetica at Marble Quarry Vagli, Italy August 3, 2019 Summer in Tuscany is full of concerts in interesting, sometimes unique places. In fact, a variety of acoustic musics like jazz, chamber and folk have proven an invaluable tool to revitalize historical buildings, ruined chapels, man-made marvels of architecture. More complex and nuanced is the relationship with nature. A lake, a park, a wooded mountain can ...

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Album Review

Hermeto Pascoal: No Mundo Dos Sons

Read "No Mundo Dos Sons" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


The packaging for the two-CD set from Brazil's Hermeto Pascoal, an 81-year-old multi-instrumentalist, shines of its own accord. Its trifold paper cover, unfolds like a lotus to reveal two CDs and a sleeve containing a large fold-out glossy paper. The insert unfolds to read “Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo," along with the title No Mundo Dos Sons. The reverse side has the details of each track in Portuguese. Homage is paid, in terms of song titles (a type of “shout out"), ...

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Live Review

Hermeto Pascoal at SFJAZZ

Read "Hermeto Pascoal at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Hermeto Pascoal SFJAZZ Spring Season San Francisco, CA April 7, 2017 A YouTube video (see below) commences with a shot of a karst escarpment protruding amidst verdant rainforest. It then zooms down to focus on six men in a green pond below a waterfall. All are playing bottles. A portly figure with long white hair and beard plays two thick, rattan-covered wine bottles. Then, switching to flute, he rises from the water like a ...

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Rediscovery

Hermeto Pascoal: Slaves Mass

Read "Hermeto Pascoal: Slaves Mass" reviewed by John Kelman


Hermeto Pascoal Slaves MassWarner Bros.1977 It's not hard to see why the creator of today's Rediscovery, Hermeto Pascoal, was such a significant figure to everyone from Miles Davis and Gil Evans to Herbie Hancock and, of course, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, who co-produced Slaves Mass. Had the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist only released this one album, he'd have already been assured a mention in jazz history. Slaves Mass would ultimately become a career-defining record, but Pascoal ...

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Live Review

Music of The Americas: Hermeto Pascoal Group at Symphony Center, August 5, 2010

Read "Music of The Americas: Hermeto Pascoal Group at Symphony Center, August 5, 2010" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes


Hermeto Pascoal Group Symphony CenterNew York, NYAugust 5, 2010Watching Brazilian-born Hermeto Pascoal perform is a musical experience unlike any other. He has the ability of transforming everyday household items into musical instruments, extracting from them unique sounds that have become his trademark throughout the six decades of his fruitful career.That is what we experienced on August 5 when Pascoal's 7-piece group stepped on stage at New York's Symphony Center. Bassist Ibere Zwarg started ...

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New York Beat

Hermeto Pascoal

Read "Hermeto Pascoal" reviewed by Nick Catalano


In the past few months I've been quite busy writing program notes and preview pieces for the gala opening of the new home for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Opening night (see related article ) was October 18th and the early reaction to the new facility, its ambience and its acoustics is a cavalcade of praise and excitement from audiences, critics and media folk.

After arduous work and deadlines I am finally able to focus on the performers and, thus far, ...


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