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by Mark Holston
BarranquijazzBarranquilla, ColombiaSeptember 4-8, 2013Audiences in Latin America are totally different than in Europe," Italian clarinetist Gabriele Mirabassi told me while we shared a bus ride from the international airport n Barranquilla, Colombia to our hotel. Here, if you connect with them, people become passionate and emotionally expressive. In Europe, someone will come up after a concert and say something like, 'Oh, that was a very intellectual project you presented tonight.' They try to be cool. Here, it's ...read more
by Ernest Barteldes
On Rosa Passos' new release, the female João Gilberto" emerges with a selection of tunes all having to do with the faces of love, from asserting one's feelings towards a significant other to dealing with the prospect of being alone. On Preciso Aprender A Ser So," she sings about coming to terms with the end of a love affair with the resilience of a survivor and demonstrates courage by taking on Chico Buarque's Atras Da Porta," a tune that few ...read more
by Elliott Simon
Recent projects with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and bassist Ron Carter have given Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Rosa Passos wider and much deserved recognition. With the release of Amorosa, the long time queen of Brazilian bossa nova has offered up one of the most titillating CDs of the year.
Amorosa features new arrangements of songs associated with Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto, two seminal figures in the creation of bossa nova from samba and jazz. But most importantly, it allows Passos to ...read more
by Nick Catalano
It has been forty years since the extraordinary samba jazz of Brazil was first introduced to mass audiences in the United States. Great composer/instrumentalists like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and Milton Nascimento have given way to another generation of spectacular talents like Ivan Lins, Dori Caymmi, Ary Barroso and Elis Regina. Leading American performers from Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to Stan Getz and Sarah Vaughan have carried the legacy of this legendary aesthetic achievement to audiences everywhere. Despite ...read more
by Alexander M. Stern
The bossa nova's not so new anymore. It's been forty years since Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd brought its gentle pulse north of the border. Getz and Byrd's version of Desafinado was a surprise hit, and a Grammy winner to boot. Getz and Joao Gilberto's recording of The Girl From Ipanema was an even bigger hit, launching the singing career of Gilberto's (then-)wife Astrud. It wasn't long before the music industry smelled blood and began churning out an amazing profusion ...read more