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Caym: The Book Of Angels Vol. 17

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CaymThe Book of Angels Vol .17Tzadik2011 Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista first encountered composer John Zorn back in the early 1980s. Baptista, who has since gone on to work with everyone from singer Paul Simon to cellist Yo Yo Ma, at the time was only recently arrived in New York from Brazil. He and Zorn evidently recognized some common artistic craziness/genius between themselves, and since then Baptista's wide array of traditional ...

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Album Review

Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits: Infinito

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Multi-talented percussionist Cyro Baptista may have the most dazzlingly eclectic resumé in contemporary music. He's performed and recorded with mainstream jazzers like Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis; downtown experimentalists like John Zorn and Laurie Anderson; pop icons like Sting and Paul Simon and major Brazilian stars like Milton Nascimento and Ivan Lins. And he may be the only artist in the world who can list both Yo Yo Ma and Snoop Dogg among his credits. Baptista's fourth ...

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Multiple Reviews

Cyro Baptista: Lucifer, The Dreamers & Orra

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John Zorn Lucifer,:Book of Angels, Volume 10 Tzadik 2008 John Zorn The Dreamers Tzadik 2008 Phantom Orchard Orra Tzadik 2008

Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista is one of the great sidemen currently active, a musician whose resourcefulness can enrich and enliven almost any music, with projects from ...

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Album Review

Cyro Baptista: Banquet of the Spirits

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Exotic percussion, string and keyboard instruments were strewn across the stage of Joe's Pub in New York City on May 29th. Cyro Baptista rapped out a pattern and casually live-looped it to play against himself with handclaps, drums and birdcalls. His approach of maximizing each person's sound fuels his new group and CD Banquet of the Spirits. Drummer-percussionist Tim Keiper, bassist-oudist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and keyboardist-accordionist Brian Marsella added to the leader's sonic blend, slowly teasing the introduction and launching ...

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Album Review

Cyro Baptista: Love the Donkey

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A panoply of percussion erupts from Love the Donkey as Cyro Baptista and his merry troupe of percussionists and special guests unleash fourteen tracks of manic energy and irrepressible fun. It serves as an effective antidote to overly cerebral and self-consciously serious music. Throughout his prolific career, Baptista has voraciously performed most imaginable (and some unimaginable) genres of music, and here he unabashedly borrows from them all. The resulting concoction transcends static notions of rock, Brazilian, jazz, ...

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Album Review

Cyro Baptista: Beat the Donkey Beat

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As rich and varied as this music is, it's a glimpse of a multifaceted enterprise that encompasses a broad aesthetic and disciplinary gamut that includes dance, couture silliness, tap, body and common objects percussion, capoeira, and light effects, among other things. Wisely, a three minute QuickTime short is included with the release that can be played in a computer as a sketch of the aforementioned multimedia endeavor. The music on this release can be thoroughly enjoyed though without experiencing the ...

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Cyro Baptista: The Benefits of the Struggle

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By Cyro Baptista In the summer of 1980 I was living in Rio de Janeiro when I got the news that I was awarded with a kind of scholarship to go to the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock because of a cassette that I sent to them. My English at the time was like Tarzan English (not that it has gotten any better). I didn't know where I was going, I was terrified, but to my surprise ...


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