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Album Review

Nuno Costa: Detox

Read "Detox" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Portuguese guitarist Nuno Costa is heavily involved in music for film--his Berklee College of Music major was Film Scoring--so it's not surprising that his music often has a cinematic quality. This includes dramatic episodic compositional structures as well as programmatic song titles. Detox is his third album, following (...) -Reticências entre Parênteses (2009) and All Must Go (2012). The opener “Hum...?" contains the most electronic sounds on the album (courtesy of guitar effects), which contrasts with the mostly ...

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Album Review

Nuno Costa: Detox

Read "Detox" reviewed by Chris Mosey


Many things inspired Portuguese guitarist Nuno Costa making this, his third album: the Bible, Matthew 20:16, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last"; the life of a wasp; his pet dog, Mr Kido; and-- last but by no means least--his newly-born daughter Leonor. His songs start well, struggle to find meaningful direction and then--very often-- tend simply to peter out. Hey, but that's jazz... isn't it? The session kicks off with “Hum...?" ...

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Album Review

Nuno Costa: Detox

Read "Detox" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Young Lisbon-based, Portuguese guitarist Nuno Costa, delivers his third album as leader with the airy and very modern-like Detox boasting seven intricate originals performed by an all-European crew in a sextet format. This is not your typical straight-ahead material having discernable melodies and rhythms of the bebop or other traditional jazz nature. Costa designs compositions that are provocative and intelligent, leaning towards the fusion or edgy modern jazz style with a bit of the free-style flavor in the mix.

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Nuno Costa: Detox

Read "Detox" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Guitarist and Berklee College of Music alumnus Nuno Costa has produced his third album, which was recorded in January 2014, in Lisbon, Portugal, where he and his band are based. It makes for some intriguing listening too. Electronic guitar whine cedes to ethereal harmonics, constituting the opening bars of “Hum...?," and from here on in the group sets out its stall of florid, lyrical melodies, all composed by Costa. Whilst the guitarist is somewhat overshadowed by piano, sax ...


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