Home » Jazz Musicians » Rodrigo Lima

Rodrigo Lima

One of the most inventive artists to come along from Brazil in recent years, Rodrigo Lima is releasing his debut album as a leader, "Saga", a stunning 2-CD set that has the brilliant guitarist/composer/arranger working in modes that range from his Brazilian samba & bossa roots to chamber jazz, with lots of stops in between. Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro (João Gilberto, Luiz Bonfá, Deodato) for the Jazz Station Records (JSR) label, recorded in LA, NY, Rio and Curitiba, “Saga” features an all-star cast: Hubert Laws, Anat Cohen, Don Sebesky, Mike Mainieri, Hermeto Pascoal, Ithamara Koorax, Sammy Figueroa, Raul de Souza, Hugo Fattoruso, Joao Palma and Laudir de Oliveira, to name a few.

The cover pic is by the legendary photographer Pete Turner (John Coltrane, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson, Weather Report), and the list of engineers includes the renowned Jay Messina (Miles Davis, John Lennon, Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones.) The repertoire brings songs based on several Brazilian rhythms such as choro (“Anat’s Song”), baião (“Brasileirão”), samba (“Samba da Mistura”) and bossa nova (“Altinho”), plus two tunes composed by Brazilian living genius Hermeto Pascoal specially to this album, some experimental adventures, and the 20-minute long “Brahms,” a loose jazz version of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony #3.

Lima plays acoustic guitar with a deftness that rivals some of his most notable Brazilian predecessors like Luiz Bonfa and Laurindo Almeida – and that includes some of the best bossa and choro talents as well, blended with the influence of Jim Hall and Pat Metheny. The range of settings in the album is varied, but extremely unified too, thanks to a coherent sense of production and presentation that really holds the listener’s interest throughout. In some songs, Lima’s vocal lines complement the mesmerizing melodies and the soulful guitar solos.

An intuitive guitar ace whose instincts and passions are balanced by his versatility and technical dexterity, Rodrigo Lima is also an actor with multiple awards for his work on Brazilian TV and movie productions, for which he often writes the soundtracks as well. He has also appeared as a member of singer Ithamara Koorax’s band on European and Asian tours. The rich musical diversity of Brazil, particularly the artistry of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dorival Caymmi, Hermeto Pascoal, Baden Powell, Luiz Bonfa, Laurindo Almeida and Joao Gilberto, proved an undeniable influence on Lima’s solid musical background. His parents loved jazz, so he grew up listening to Bill Evans, Toots Thielemans, Chet Baker, Hubert Laws and literally any album arranged by Don Sebesky. His musical horizons are truly unlimited.

Read more


Album Review

Rodrigo Lima: Saga

Read "Saga" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

“I fell in love with the jazz guitar--all kinds of jazz guitarists, from Jim Hall to Pat Metheny to Luis Bonfá, by listening to their records," explains Brazilian composer, arranger, bandleader and guitarist Rodrigo Lima. Saga luxuriously extends this jazz guitar love affair across the American and Brazilian continents--it was recorded in New York, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba--and across the two CDs of Lima's utterly magnificent recorded debut. Producer Arnaldo DeSouteiro elegantly ...

Album Review

Ithamara Koorax: Opus Classico

Read "Opus Classico" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Throughout her career, Ithamara Koorax has consistently exercised a singing voice that approaches the eternal; Ira Gitler once famously described Koorax's singing as “celestial elegance." On Opus Clássico, that amazing voice finds material to match: Vocal and vocalized melodies written by such master composers as Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Sergie Rachmaninoff and Heitor Villa-Lobos, lovingly and gorgeously rendered by Koorax's astounding voice in tandem with pianist Filipe Bernardo and guitarist Rodrigo Lima (who worked with Koorax on Arirang [2010, EMI]). ...

Read more articles


Rodrigo Lima: Saga

Rodrigo Lima: Saga

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Temperatures dropped to single digits in New York today, compelling me to break out something tasty and warm: Saga, a new double-CD album by Brazilian guitarist and composer-arranger Rodrigo Lima. Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, the album is Lima's first as a leader and a tribute of sorts to CTI's sultry Brazilian jazz recordings of the 1970s, but with contemporary twists. Musical guests include flutist Hubert Laws and arranger Don Sebesky as well as clarinetist Anat Cohen, vibraphonist Mike Maineiri and percussionist ...


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Espelho Solar

Jazz Station Records


Apenas Meninas...

Rodrigo Lima



Jazz Station Records


Opus Classico



Arirang - The Name of...

Loen Entertainment


Espelho Solar (Solar Mirror) Feat. Ithamara Koorax

From: Espelho Solar
By Rodrigo Lima

Flying Waltz

From: Saga
By Rodrigo Lima


Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.