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Mauricio Pessoa: Without You

Read "Without You" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's an urbane aura surrounding the music of Mauricio Pessoa. From the mournful string strains that introduce a dewy-eyed “Saudade I" on through to the high society swing of the “Without You" closer, his writing proves evocative both in drawing attention to times past and highlighting the influence of past masters--Moacir Santos, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Lindolpho Gaya, and Egberto Gismonti, to mention a few. However, it need be noted that, despite those backward glances and nods, his compositions aren't mired ...

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Mauricio Pessoa: Habitat

Read "Habitat" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bossa nova blossomed in the public eye a half century ago and, though it isn't a pop radio staple anymore, it still retains its firm standing in the world of jazz and in its native Brazil. Those who were there at the beginning, or worked with the originators of this style at a later date, have continued to maintain their audience by surfing the waves of the beautiful and bouncy bossa and samba styles, but they have some competition now. ...


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