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Antonio Adolfo: BruMa: Celebrating Milton Nascimento

Read "BruMa: Celebrating Milton Nascimento" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Antonio Adolfo and Milton Nascimento are two legends of Brazilian music. These individuals have had a long history of friendship and appreciation, so it should come as no surprise that Adolfo decided to put together an album dedicated to the music of Nascimento. Hence BruMa : Celebrating Milton Nascimento. The reach and influence of singer/songwriter Milton Nascimento stretches far beyond his native Brazil. Among his many achievements are Grammy Nominations, and Down Beat Polls. Many of his compositions ...

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Antonio Adolfo: BruMa: Celebrating Milton Nascimento

Read "BruMa: Celebrating Milton Nascimento" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Brazilian performer/composer Milton Nascimento has given the pop, jazz, contemporary and rock worlds an amazon of music that is almost impossible to comprehend in its entirety. With BruMa pianist-composer Antonio Adolfo and a cadre of outstanding Brazilian musicians he provides a highly stylized, exotic and utterly brilliant Grammy-worthy exploration of Nascimento's works. This album is so inviting and the performances so seductive that the entire album screams to be devoured in one luscious conceptual bite. “Fe Cega ...

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Antonio Adolfo: Samba Jazz Alley

Read "Samba Jazz Alley" reviewed by Chris Mosey


With this album, Antonio Adolfo, an early exponent of bossa nova, takes a look at the roots of the music in his hometown, Rio de Janeiro. He recalls: “From 1958 to 1965 a small alley in the Copacabana district became known as Beco das Garrafas, Bottles Alley, because neighbours in taller buildings used to throw bottles down from their apartments in protest at the loud music and boisterous conversation coming from below. It was like a cauldron of jazz, samba ...

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Antonio Adolfo: Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica

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Big bands are a rarity in Brazilian jazz. Nonetheless pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo says he dreamed for 40 years of making an album with a world-class big band. His dream comes true with Encontroas--Orquestra Atlantica. While a relatively new and untried aggregate, on the evidence of this excellent, always interesting album, the Atlantica look set to become a major force at home and abroad. Under Adolfo's leadership, the band performs nine of his own songs plus the Miles ...

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Antonio Adolfo: Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica

Read "Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After forty years of gigging around the world with a who's who of jazz instrumentalists and singers, the celebrated Brazilian pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo has realized his life-long dream of writing for and recording with a world-class big band--and what a band it is: the remarkable Orquestra Atlantica from Adolfo's home country, formed in 2012 and molded since then into a superior ensemble fully capable of carrying out his every wish and desire. On Encontros, the Orquestra adeptly ...

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Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido - From Rio to Wayne Shorter

Read "Hybrido - From Rio to Wayne Shorter" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo has been a golden musical fixture in his native Brazil. He did not cross my radar until 2010 with his recording La e Ca: Here and There (AAM), which he recorded with jazz singer (and daughter) Carol Saboya. This revelation gave me two artists for the efforts of covering one. From that recording, followed Finas Misturas (Fine Mixtures) (AAM, 2013); Rio, Choro, Jazz (AAM, 2014); and Tropical Infinito (AAM, 2016) Adolfo is always happy to ...

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Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido - From Rio To Wayne Shorter

Read "Hybrido - From Rio To Wayne Shorter" reviewed by Roger Farbey


With well over thirty albums to his name, Brazilian composer and pianist Antonio Adolfo has now conjured up a really attractive paean to the master saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. The selection of tracks is excellent because it clearly demonstrates just how key a figure Shorter is to jazz. It doesn't replicate the 1988 Blue Note collection The Best Of Wayne Shorter but does include three numbers from that album. “Deluge" offers a warm ensemble-led invocation of this ...


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