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Joao Barradas: A New Place For The Accordion In Jazz?

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In the 1940s Art van Damme swung sweetly on the accordion with cover pictures of beautiful girls sipping cocktails. Then, in the 1950s, the ebullient Angelo DiPippo introduced the instrument to hipsters at the Newport jazz festival before going on to play in the wedding sequence of the first Godfather movie. In more recent times Frenchman Richard Galliano gave the accordion serious jazz credentials. But, condemned by the quintessentially folksy sound less gifted practitioners ...

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João Barradas: Directions

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Since childhood, Portuguese accordionist João Barradas has been winning awards on his instrument at national and international level. His undoubted talent on his chosen instrument--and its midi version--is on display throughout Directions, his first album as leader. So, too, is his talent as a composer--all but one of the tracks are his original compositions. Barradas is accompanied by his excellent Portuguese quartet across these tunes and is joined by guests Greg Osby (who also produced), Gil Goldstein and ...


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