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Leonardo Cioglia: Contos

Read "Contos" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The following words probably do Brazilian bassist, composer and bandleader Leonardo E. M. Cioglia no favors, because it lays the weighty burden of expectation upon him and his group of young musicians. But no other words say precisely this: Contos showcases an acoustic jazz ensemble that so deftly features each individual voice, while naturally integrating each voice into an organic ensemble sound, that Contos continually evokes the legendary Gary Burton-Chick Corea-Pat Metheny meeting of their acoustic Like Minds (Concord, 1998).

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Leonardo E. M. Cioglia: Contos

Read "Contos" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

These original compositions by Brazilian reared bassist, composer Leonardo E. M. Cioglia resonate with endearing themes and buoyant flows, abetted by a crack ensemble of modern day jazz heroes. The bassist rose thru the ranks, ultimately leading to a scholarship at the Berklee College of Music back in 1991, while performing regularly in New York City with his contemporary Brazilian jazz band, Quizamba. All his learning, shedding and performances have yielded gigantic dividends throughout this 2008 release. And while Cioglia's ...

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Leonardo E.M. Cioglia: Contos

Read "Contos" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

When North American or European jazz artists incorporate traditional Brazilian styles into their music, the results are generally good. When the artist is Brazilian, the reverse can also be special, which is the case with Leonardo E.M. Cioglia. This native of Brasilia began studying music at age 7. His instrument of choice was the electric bass, but as a teenager, he developed an interest in the acoustic bass, which he plays on Contos. After graduating from the Berklee ...


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