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Joyce Moreno: Cool

Read "Cool" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Cool is the album that Brazilian singer-songwriter Joyce Moreno simply refused to make for decades. “For over 20 years I've been requested to make an album with North American jazz standards. Nothing against it, but I always said no," she explains. “I had the strange feeling that such an album would look weird in my discography, too commercial--like I didn't have any new tricks up my sleeve, and yes, I always have plenty. Music has never ceased to bless me ...

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Joyce Moreno: Cool

Read "Cool" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Since the late '60s, Brazilian guitarist and singer Joyce Moreno has been one of the most iconic members of the MPB movement, pushing the envelope way past the traditional bossa novas of Jobim. In the early '80s, albums such as Feminina and brought Joyce an international following that she continues to enjoy to this day. Her sizeable catalog features a diverse collection of original material, not to mention key collaborations with such heavyweights as Jon Hendricks, Joao Donato, Kenny Werner, ...

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Live Review

Joyce Moreno at Nighttown

Read "Joyce Moreno at Nighttown" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Joyce Moreno Nighttown Cleveland Heights, Ohio June 23, 2015 Many folks entranced by the magic of jazz also find their tastes gravitating towards artists form the Latin and Brazilian musical worlds as well. These musical styles actually share more in common with jazz than what might seem possible at first glance. The legacy and language of the music is something passed down over the years and placed at a high value by musicians and fans ...

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Joyce: Just A Little Bit Crazy

Read "Just A Little Bit Crazy" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


The late, great Elis Regina was the first major artist to record Joyce's songs, and there are some similarities in their approach: both are honest, passionate, fluid and pitch-perfect, with a minimum of vocal pyrotechnics and often the distinct sound of a smile. While delivering the sultry and sunny sambas the world has come to expect from Brazilian vocalists, Joyce also gets adventurous, transcending stylistic and cultural borders.

In line with the title of Just a Little ...

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Joyce: Gafieira Moderna

Read "Gafieira Moderna" reviewed by William Grim


Joyce, the Brazilian songstress and songwriter best known as the originator of the samba subgenre called “hard bossa," presents an impressive new album containing ten of her original tunes written in the style of the music of the traditional dance halls ( gafieira ) of Rio de Janeiro. This is an album that will appeal to straight-ahead jazz fans as well as Brazilian music aficionados because Joyce combines the melodic wit and subtle harmonic sophistication of Brazilian bossa nova with ...

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Joyce: Live at the Mojo Club

Read "Live at the Mojo Club" reviewed by AAJ Staff


A wonderfully hang-tough swinger of an album recorded at a German club. The interplay between Joyce and her band (Tutty Moreno, drums; Sizão Machado, electric bass and Teco Cardoso, saxophones/flutes) is super-tight, making for a completely captivating seventy-minute set of jazz Brazilian-style. Even though Joyce gets top billing, the album belongs to the whole group, and there are plenty of stratospheric solos by all parties. At the top of my list: “Suite Baracumbara/Banana," “Caymmis, “Berimbau" and “Taxi Driver," with its ...

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Joyce: The Essential Joyce

Read "The Essential Joyce" reviewed by David Corrigan


Joyce began her recording career in Brazil in 1968, since then she has carved out a niche as one of the most admired and talented singer songwriters of her generation. She was, in those days, a rare thing, a woman who wrote and played her own songs--songs which contained a strong feminist slant and which made her somewhat of a controversial figure, and frowned upon by a male dominated music industry which reflected the Brasilian Zeitgeist.

Thankfully times ...


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