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Badi Assad at Iridium Jazz Club

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Badi Assad Iridium Jazz Club New York, NY October 20, 2015 Backed solely by her nylon-string electric guitar, Brazilian singer and guitarist Badi Assad took to the stage in her first U.S. tour since 2007 in support of her 2015 release Hatched (Quatroventos, 2015). Before playing, she spoke of her mixed heritage coming from Lebanon, Italy, Portugal and Brazil, kicking off the set with “Eu Vim Daquele Lugar," whose lyrics emphasize ...

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Larry Coryell/Badi Assad/John Abercrombie: Three Guitars

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The “guitar summit" genre is densely populated these days, but few of these multiple-guitar, multiple-ego records are terribly inviting. There is a difference between good playing and good music, the latter being more difficult to produce than the former. The new Chesky release Three Guitars, combining jazz guitarists Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie with the Brazilian composer/guitarist/vocalist/body percussionist (really!) and all-around phenomenon Badi Assad, is thankfully one of those rare records from which the loveliness of the music is absorbed ...

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Badi Assad: Rhythms

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I was fortunate enough to attend a concert on the Lee Ritenour - Dave Grusin - Eric Marienthal - and special guests tour supporting the Twist of Jobim album (and also the new solo releases by each of the above). The main part of the concert with the headliners was enjoyable enough (highlight: Dave Grusin's Henry Mancini segment; lowlight: loud, overbearing pre-recorded rhythm tracks and songs that stretched out a little too much). But I, along with the rest of ...


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