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Maritaca Quintet

Featuring THOMAS CLAUSEN - piano TECO CARDOSO - flutes, saxes LÉA FREIRE - flutes FERNANDO DEMARCO - bass AFONSO CORRÊA - drums, percussion.

Sax/flute virtuoso TECO CARDOSO is one of Brazil's most established musicians, and among the world's greatest on his instruments. He is well known for his own projects, e.g. the awarded CD "Meu Brasil", and for playing with other important artists such as Dorival Caymmi, Edu Lobo, João Donato, Joyce, and Monica Salmaso. He has toured in Europe, North America, and Japan, played at important festivals - North Sea, Copenhagen and more - and the best clubs - the Blue Note clubs in New York, Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka, the Quasimodo in Berlin, Stadtgarten in Cologne, New Morning in Paris, the Hollywood Bowl, the Bird's Eye in Basel, just to mention a few. His flutes and saxes have been brought to stage with among others Hermeto Pascoal, Toots Thielemans, and Jim Hall.

For a number of years TECO and leading flutist, composer, and arranger LÉA FREIRE have been working together, touring in the US, in 98 playing at the Blue Note in New York, and recording for MARITACA, LÉA's own CD label and music edition, one of the most important labels in Brazil today, for which the very best of Brazil's musicians record. One of TECO's and LÉA's projects in common is the wonderful and praised CD "QUINTETO".

Both LÉA and TECO have received the finest reviews from top reviewers of jazz and beyond for individual as well as mutual and other constellations of concerts and recordings, LÉA also for her CDs where she plays with trombonist Bocato, and for the very charming and great "NINHAL" in her own name, including some of her most famous compositions "Samba de Mulher" and "Vatapá". This spring of 2007 LÉA also released a quite different and big symphonic project with exclusively her own music - the wonderful CD "CARTAS BRASILEIRAS".

THOMAS CLAUSEN has studied at the Royal Academy of Music as pianist and composer, has performed and recorded in his own name and with so many of the world's greatest that only a few be mentioned here - Miles Davis, Gary Burton, Dexter Gordon, Thad Jones, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Elvin Jones, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Ben Webster, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Toots Thielemans, Roy Haynes, Johnny Griffin, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Stanley Turrentine, Ed Thigpen.

THOMAS has composed and arranged for the DR Big Band (Danish Radio Big Band), symphonic orchestra, choir, ballet, theater, and small jazz combos, and has been honorably awarded numerous times. With the release of more than 16 albums in his name, he has become one of the most important musicians in Europe today.

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