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Ben Sher: Samba for Tarsila

Read "Samba for Tarsila" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is happy music with a Latin flair, splendidly conceived and superbly performed by guitarist Ben Sher's New York-based quartet--a flavorful treat for those who relish music from south of the border. Before appraising the themes, it is perhaps best to begin by answering the question on most listeners' minds: who is (or was) Tarsila? As it turns out, Brazilian-born Tarsila de Aguiar do Amaral (1886-1973) was a modernist painter who is considered by many to be ...

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Ben Sher: Samba for Tarsila

Read "Samba for Tarsila" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Ben Sher, an acclaimed jazz guitarist based in New York City, brings us Samba for Tarsila, in which he pays a musical tribute to the Brazilian modernist painter, Tarsila de Aguiar do Amaral (1886-1973). Her vivid abstract paintings of the Brazilian landscape have provided Sher with his inspiration for this project. To help him realise his vision, Sher has assembled a Brazilian fusion jazz quartet, featuring top-class musicians from the New York jazz scene. Gary Fisher is a ...

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Ben Sher and Tudo Bem: Please Take Me to Brazil (Me Leva Pro Brasil)

Read "Please Take Me to Brazil (Me Leva Pro Brasil)" reviewed by William Grim

This excellent album features some of the best Brazilian and American jazz musicians on the scene today. Several of the sidemen, such as pianist Kenny Barron and singer Luciana Souza, are important leaders in their own right. The group is firmly anchored by the great drummer Duduka da Fonseca, who is best known as one third of the virtuoso Trio da Paz.

Featuring well-known bossa nova tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Baden Powell, one American standard ("Our ...

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