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Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto: Por Causa De Voce

Read "Por Causa De Voce" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Brazilian pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto came to the United Startes in 1993, and settled in the city of Seattle. He had visited the city while on tour with the legendary Brazilian musician/composer Hermeto Pascoal, and identified with the physical beauty and cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest. No matter his global location, Santos Neto is not only a remarkable musician and composer, he is as well the caretaker, or curator of the compositions of the visionary Pascoal. Through his own ...

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Jovino Santos Neto: Piano Masters Series, Volume 4

Read "Piano Masters Series, Volume 4" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Adventure Music's Piano Masters series is all about balancing consistency and individuality. The consistency connects to the instrument(s) on hand--high-end Fazioli pianos--and the quality of the recordings. The individuality, obviously, comes with the artist whose hands grace the piano. So far, the work of Benjamin Taubkin, Philippe Baden Powell, and Weber Iago has come to light through separate volumes in this noteworthy series; now, it's Jovino Santos Neto's turn to find himself behind a Fazioli.Neto, who is best ...

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Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto: Current

Read "Current" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Three-time Latin Grammy-nominee Jovino Santos Neto's Current features all new originals covering a range of Brazilian styles from contemporary and choro to baiao, samba and others. Santos Neto has toured the world, performing with mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, and Paquito D'Rivera, among others, and his long discography has established him as one of today's top Brazilian jazz pianists/composers. Yet this album was penned exclusively for his Seattle-based Quinteto, the group he formed in 1993 after relocating from his native ...

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Jovino Santos Neto & Weber Iago: Live at Caramoor

Read "Live at Caramoor" reviewed by Martin Gladu

This music pushes. As if moved by an influx of charged energy, it pushes further and further. Where to? Hard to say. Further. Away.Like those ancient tales of Attila rampaging through the Steps of Asia and burning every strand of grass behind him, Carioca pianists Jovino Santos Neto and Weber Iago jump out of the gates steering wild horses, consumed by an uncontrollable fire that ignites a rushed, almost frantic crusade. What has gotten into them? What fuels ...

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Jovino Santos Neto: Alma do Nordeste (Soul of the Northeast)

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Great composers take their listeners past the simple execution of traditional form; instead they vividly describe their subject matter. Musical building blocks like tempo, texture, and dynamics shape mood and guide the listener's feelings. Cultural instruments reference specific countries. Creative interpretation adds perspective and displays the subject through the composer's eyes. Personal expression invites creative interpretations of the musician's opinions. Jovino Santos Neto brings all these pieces together into a striking set of compositions that describe the Northeastern region of ...

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Jovino Santos Neto: Alma Do Nordeste

Read "Alma Do Nordeste" reviewed by Martin Gladu

Luxurious, green rolling hills probably spring to mind when thinking of Brazil's northeastern region. As rich in culture and traditions as it is in chlorophyll, the areas of Pernambuco, Paraiba, Sergipe, and particularly the small coastal state of Alagoas have all produced many renowned artists. One of those--multi-instrumentalist/composer Hermeto Pascoal, a fascinatingly unique, iconoclast musician--was pianist Jovino Santos Neto's employer from 1977 to 1992. In Alma Do Nordeste, Santos Neto offers a diversified program, one that includes ...


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