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Take Five With Antonio Adolfo

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About Antonio Adolfo Pianist, arranger, producer and educator Antonio Adolfo grew up in a musical family in jny: Rio de Janeiro and began his studies at the age of seven. At seventeen he was already a professional musician. His teachers include Deodato and Nadia Boulanger in jny: Paris. During the 60's he participated in several Bossa Nova and jazz shows in Brazil and toured with singers Leny Andrade, Flora Purim, Wilson Simonal, Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento, Adolfo ...

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Jazz Quanta June: Todos na família: Antonio Adolfo and Carol Saboya

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The greatest international contribution to American Jazz may well be that from Latin America, generally, and Brazil, specifically. Brazil lends to jazz a rhythmically humid breeze that is, at once, floral, earthy, fecund, and sated. Two contemporary Brazilian gift-givers include the father-daughter forces of nature pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo and his daughter Carol Saboya. There is no greater critical pleasure than considering the two together. Presently, we have that opportunity. Antonio Adolfo Tropical Infinito AAM ...

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Guinga: Porto da Madama

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Brazilian music is an immediately recognizable genre with a distinct sense of melancholy underlying its beautiful melodies and harmonies. Indeed, the poetic lyrics, the soft edges of the language itself and the particular chordal colorings chosen virtually define that which is “Brazil." Although this exceedingly attractive music has naturally been picked up by musicians all over the world, getting inside of it when one is not born and raised in that culture, is something that feels well-nigh impossible. ...

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Antonio Adolfo: Tropical Infinito

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Brazilian pianist/composer, arranger and longtime educator Antonio Adolfo, has more than twenty-five albums as a leader delivering the best of bossa nova and samba-styled grooves and employing a variety of rhythm sections in accomplishing this. Tropical Infinito is a musical homage of sorts from the pianist, exploring the jazz music of the early 1960s that influenced an entire generation of Brazilian bossa artists like himself. However, to accomplish this, Adolfo had to alter his rhythm-based approach to the music by ...

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Carol Saboya: Carolina

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Classic samba from enchanting Brazilian vocalist Carol Saboya and a first-rate band. It's a family affair, with her father, pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo in charge of piano and arrangements. He is working with his regular band, so the arrangements fit like a glove. The core repertoire is unimpeachable, with three songs by the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim (including “Passarim" and “A Felicidade"), two by the later master Djavan, and one each by Pixinguinha, Joao Bosco and Edu Lobo. Saboya is equally ...

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Hendrik Meurkens: Harmonicus Rex

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Long before he became a proponent of the Brazilian jazz sound, harmonica and vibraphone master Hendrik Meurkens was drawn to the “swing" of the traditional jazz style and has remained a musical conservative ever since. Harmonicus Rex is the first all straight ahead jazz album Meurkens produces in a fifteen-year period. Here, the harmonica's expressive swinging voice is presented on a blend of originals and standards from such icons as Dave Brubeck, Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard as well as traditional ...

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Hendrik Meurkens: Harmonicus Rex

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While the swing side of harmonica master Hendrik Meurkens' personality has basically been dormant for the past fifteen years, it hasn't disappeared. After highlighting his Brazilian jazz bona fides on record after record, Meurkens now returns to straight-ahead jazz on this instantly pleasing date. Harmonicus Rex, despite it's humorously monstrous title, isn't a roaring beast. There are no high speed scenarios to speak of and no bash-and-crash displays to witness. This record's strength is in its ability ...

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Danny Green Trio: Altered Narratives

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Pianist Danny Green took a big step up in the piano trio rankings with 2014's After The Calm (OA2 Records). The San Diego-based group focused in on a distinctive and beautiful set of Green originals and recorded them with a continuity of mood and an ebullient brio--like three guys who knew what they were doing in an art that demands nuance and delicacy sitting beside--in time's flow--a rise and fall of robustness of approach that just might evolve, when the ...


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