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by Budd Kopman
Vitamina D is guitarist André Santos' third album, following Ponto de Partida (2013) and Mano A Mano (2014). Not having heard the earlier two discs, there is little to say here about this latest project in relation to Santos' earlier work. That said, the cover of Vitamina D gives a good indication of the range of emotions presented by this intense player. On the left is the raging" Santos, while on the right he appears calm, even sedate. ...read more
by Dave Wayne
Listening to Ponto de Partida (Starting Point), it's rather hard to believe that André Santos has been playing jazz for less than 10 years. The young Portuguese guitarist's charming, understated debut album seems like the work of an older musician: one, perhaps, with nothing to prove except for the sheer enjoyment of making music. From the outset, Santos' playing seems allied with the mellow, moodily lyrical guitar style that many associate with well-known players such as Pat Metheny and Kurt ...read more
by Phil Barnes
There is something wonderful about watching a talented musician make the leap to bandleader and composer on record for the first time. Possibilities have yet to be closed off, the inspiration simply to showcase a personal take on the music they love, the budget not even contemplating high concepts, lavish orchestras, or if you're Rick Wakeman ice skaters. Lisbon resident, Madeira born, guitarist Andre Santos released this energising debut collection, the appropriately titled Ponto de Partida (or 'starting point') in ...read more