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Carlos Barretto

Carlos Barretto is a reference in the portuguese jazz music scene as a double bass player and composer.

Was born in Lisbon (Portugal), where he currently lives. Has lived in Paris (France) and Madrid (Spain). Played all over Europe, Cape Verde, Senegal, China, Macau, Morocco, Angola...

He also paints and has been doing ehxibitions along his shows.

Worked with:

Lee Konitz, Steve Grossman, Gary Bartz, Steve Lacy, Steve Potts, Tony Scott, Glenn Ferris, John Stubblefield, Art Farmer, Jack Walrath, Louis Sclavis, François Corneloup, Perico Sambeat, Roman Filliu, Gilad Atzmon, Carlos Bechegas, Rodrigo Amado, Marlon Jordan, Gerard Presencer, François Théberge, Bob Sands, Jorge Pardo, Andrej Olejnizack, João Moreira, Carlos Martins, Al�-pio Neto, Carlos Z�-ngaro, Mal Waldron, Horace Parlan, George Cables, Kirk Lightsey, Alain Jean-Marie, Bernardo Sassetti, Brad Mehldau, Richard Galliano, Mariano Diaz, Fabio Mianno, Abe Rabade, German Kucich, Horacio Icasto, Júlio Resende, Mário Laginha, Barry Altschul, George Brown, Cindy Blackman, Joe Chambers, Jordi Rossy, Aldo Romano, Don Moye, Carlos Carli, Marc Miralta, Daniel Garcia, Guillermo Mcguill, Mário Barreiros, Markku Ounaskari, Ethan Winogrand, Juan Mas Barroso, Joel Silva, Karl Berger, John Betsch, entre outros (among others)


Album Review

Xose Miguélez: Contradictio

Read "Contradictio" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

After an album of Spanish-flavored original tunes, Ontology (Origin Records, 2019), Galicia-based saxophone Xose Miguélez releases Contradictio. Alongside Miguélez, the album features Jean-Michel Pilc on piano, Carlos Barretto on bass and Marcos Cavaleiro on drums. Both Miguélez and Pilc are listed as the album producers. The forceful energy of this great French pianist comes out in every tune. Unlike Ontology, Contradictio includes several jazz standards. “You and the Night and the Music," written by Arthur Schwartz, starts ...

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Bernardo Sassetti Trio: Culturgest 2007

Read "Culturgest 2007" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Many listeners were introduced to the pianist Bernardo Sassetti by the record label Clean Feed, which built its early reputation on his recordings. The releases Nocturno (2004), Indigo (2004), Ascent (2005), Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon (2006), and Motion (2010) are true evergreens. His untimely accidental death in 2012 (like that of Esbjörn Svensson in 2008) was a shock to Sassetti's many supporters. A decade on, a 2007 concert performance by Sassetti and his longtime trio of bassist Carlos Barretto ...

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Xose Miguelez: Contradictio

Read "Contradictio" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Galician composer and saxophonist Xose Miguelez has established himself as a mainstay of the international jazz scene. His superb second release as leader, Contradictio, showcases his talents to the full. A taut quartet session, it consists of inventive originals and clever arrangements of standards. Well- versed in bop and his own ethnic music, Miguelez excitingly fuses both traditions. The warm, tense opener “Meniña" starts with bassist Carlos Barretto's dramatic refrains. Once the ensemble launches into the main theme ...

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Carlos Barretto Trio / Louis Sclavis: Radio Song

Read "Radio Song" reviewed by Troy Collins

Portuguese bassist Carlos Barretto's 2002 recording Radio Song was originally released on the obscure CBTM label. Reissued by Clean Feed, this edition complements his 2004 album Lokomotiv (Clean Feed) with a session of highly charged, free-wheeling post-bop, spiced with traditional Portuguese folk melodies.

Barretto's resume is filled with stints accompanying Mal Waldron, Barry Altschul, Don Moye, Karl Berger and Steve Lacy, among others. A stalwart bassist and a magnanimous leader, he contributes selflessly to the trio, providing ample ...

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Carlos Barretto Trio: Silencios

Read "Silencios" reviewed by Ben Ohmart

European jazz hits its mark with the likes of Carlos Barretto (double bass), Mario Delgado (electric guitar) and Jose Salgueiro (percussion), a trio more honored in the headphones than in the speakers. A quiet group primarily (what would you really expect when the main man is on bass?), this trio is concerned with sonic soundscapes of jazz that skirt blues and sometimes Eastern flavors between the seemingly random crashing of tracks like 'Nao sei porque.' Not in the least new ...

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Carlos Barretto Lokomotiv - Labirintos (Clean Feed)

Carlos Barretto Lokomotiv - Labirintos (Clean Feed)

Source: Master of a Small House

Something of a musical chameleon, bassist Carlos Barretto is also a Clean Feed staple. This set marks his ninth outing for the Portuguese label as either leader or sideman. Guitarist Mario Delgado and drummer Jose Salgueiro are regular colleagues who rejoin him here. The music is typically eclectic, pulling in sturdy threads of rock, funk, folk and admixtures of three with jazz improvisation. The principal snag to my enjoyment of the set lies in the contributions of Delgado, a plectrist ...

“(...) Il disco si presenti molto preciso, intenso, abile a creare persorsi inestricabili ed a trovarne la via di uscita divertendo e divertendosi a sua volta.”, in All About Jazz, Maio 2010, Italy

“(…) A guitarra de Mário Delgado está cada vez mais inventiva e ousada, a bateria de José Salgueiro ganha solidez e versatilidade, Barretto ganhou desenvoltura nos solos e no uso do arco , mostrando que o trio aproveitou bem os sete anos transcorridos desde o último registo”, in Time Out, Abril 2010, Portugal

“Uma das grandes formações do Jazz Português”, in jornal Público Abril 2010, Portugal

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Primary Instrument




Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Origin Records


Culturgest 2007

Clean Feed Records



Clean Feed Records


Radio Song

Clean Feed Records



In Situ



From: Contradictio
By Carlos Barretto



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