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by Dan Bilawsky
What do you get when two top-flight studio guitarists grab their acoustic axes and get together to bask in the glow of Brazilian music? The answer is the resplendent Atlanticos. Ricardo Silveira is a Brazilian-born-and-based, Berklee-trained guitarist who's recorded hundreds of sessions, backing everybody from flautist Herbie Mann to Brazilian icons like Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento. His partner on this record is Honduran-born Roberto Taufic, who at the age of five made his way to Brazil, ...read more
by Woodrow Wilkins
There's a musical relationship between Brazil and the United States that transcends tourism and politics. Each nation gave birth to its own style of music. Yet those styles, jazz and what many Brazilians refer to as typical" Brazilian music, when performed by competent musicians, can be interchangeable.Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Djavan are just a few Brazilian musician/songwriters who've not only had the honor of their work being translated by North American jazz artists, but who also ...read more
by John Kelman
The music of Milton Nascimento shares common ground with fellow Brazilian Egberto Gismonti, but there are differences. What they share is a root in the traditional folk music of the forests of Brazil. But whereas Gismonti leans towards the abstract and to compositions that are more complex, sharing an equal affinity with modern classical music, Nascimento is more straightforward, more accessibly lyrical. He's also almost inimitably positive. His songs may portray a variety of feelings, but even his most tender ...read more