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Bola Sete: Voodoo Village

Read "Voodoo Village" reviewed by David Rickert

In the mid-sixties bossa nova was the second most popular music after rock and roll, a situation that gave talented artists like Bola Sete exposure that otherwise might have been elusive. Like Charlie Byrd, another artist who paid the rent with Brazilian music, Sete combined formidable classical and flamenco chops with a jazz sensibility to create some truly wonderful recordings that are slowly making their way back into print. Tour de Force, an earlier reissue that combined two Sete albums, ...

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Bola Sete: Voodoo Village

Read "Voodoo Village" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Seven ball, corner pocket. If Bola Sete had chosen cue stick over guitar there’s little doubt he would have brought similar agility and acumen to the game of billiards. Luckily for listeners across the globe he chose the latter instrument as his means of expression. Particulars on Sete’s colorful career are recounted elsewhere—his Bohemian youth spent in Rio as well as his place at the ground floor of the bossa nova explosion and his narrow miss at beating the team ...

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Bola Sete: Tour de Force

Read "Tour de Force" reviewed by David Rickert

At the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival an unknown by the name of Bola Sete wowed the audience with a sprightly mix of traditional Brazilian singing, dancing, and guitar playing. The audience loved it, but unfortunately Sete’s appearance was ill timed and he never got much mileage out of it; the bossa nova craze wouldn’t hit until about a year later. In fact, Sete has always been a marginal figure in the Latin jazz scene, despite being a Brazilian native; even ...

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Bola Sete Trios: Tour de Force

Read "Tour de Force" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Post-dating the craze igniting pairing of Getz and Gilberto that resulted in Jazz Samba by several months these recordings by Brazilian guitar phenom Sete are cut from the same crowd-pleasing source- a fusing of South American folk themes and rhythms with jazz-based improvisation. Much of the music of Sete’s early American trios leans more toward the Latin side of the equation, but both rhythm sections bring solid jazz credentials to the table as well. The team of Tucker and Bailey ...


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