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Sabrina Malheiros: Clareia

Read "Clareia" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Although Sabrina Malheiros is best known for Brazilian dancefloor hits, Clareia crafts a smooth, warm and mellow expedition through the soul music of her homeland. Clareia also brings together different neo-global-soul generations and geographies: The soulstress either wrote every song alone; with her father Alex, bassist in Brazilian fusion legends Azymuth (who also contributes bass and ...

BossaCucaNova: Our Kind of Bossa

Read "Our Kind of Bossa" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Our Kind of Bossa celebrates fifteen fun years of BossaCucaNova, one of Brazil's most adventurous contemporary ensembles (and was also timed to coincide with Brazil hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup). These eleven tracks fuse the electro-bossa nova for which the group is best known with samba and other dance rhythms from their homeland, and celebrate ...

Worlds Apart, Whirled Together

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BossaCucaNova
Our Kind of Bossa
Six Degrees
2014

Our Kind of Bossa celebrates fifteen fun years of BossaCucaNova, one of Brazil's most adventurous contemporary ensembles (and was also timed to coincide with Brazil hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup). These eleven tracks fuse the electro-bossa nova for which the group ...

Various Artists: Putamayo Presents: Brazilian Beat

Read "Putamayo Presents: Brazilian Beat" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"One of the exciting things we at Putamayo do is introduce artists to people who don't know them," says Putamayo Records head Dan Storper. Brazilian Beat surveys the roots and fruits of Brazil's contemporary music, selected from Putamayo's archive of tens of thousands of global/world music pieces. “You can really hear the intersection between past and ...

Missives from Distant Fronts

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Bio Ritmo

La Verdad

Electric Cowbell Records

2011

In September 2011, Bio Ritmo, the ten-piece salsa band from Richmond (Virginia), celebrated twenty years together, no small accomplishment for a band originally formed (says its official company bio) “as a percussion ensemble brought together by two misplaced Puerto Ricans who met ...

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Leo Gandelman: Black Pearls

Read "Black Pearls" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Among the plethora of excellent saxophonists active in contemporary jazz today, Brasilian Leo Gandelman gets my vote for “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition." Performing primarily on tenor with occasional soprano, he offers a best-of-both-worlds combination of contemporary and traditional Brasilian rhythms and American contemporary jazz. For this program, he draws from a wealth of Brasilian composers including ...