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by Jeff Dayton-Johnson
Coreto is an eleven-piece jazz ensemble from the Portuguese city of Porto. Aljamia, its début release, is also among the first albums to emerge from Porta-Jazz, an association of Porto jazz musicians.Leader and alto saxophonist/flautist João Pedro Brandão is a student of the multilayered musical traditions of the Mediterranean. The region is a remarkably rich amalgam of ancient and modern, European and African and Arabic ingredients. The learned quality of Brandão's six compositions for Aljamia bears witness to ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
The full power of Coreto's music is felt in the combinatorial possibilities that exist with eleven individualists pulling their weight. This particular project is the first of what promises to be many from the Porto-Jazz Association, a collective of strong, modern jazz personalities based in Oporto, Portugal. Though still at an early stage as a cooperative unit, this album is a good indication that the association has the potential to do for its scene what the Brooklyn Jazz Collective has ...read more