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Dan Costa: Suite Três Rios

Read "Suite Três Rios" reviewed by Paul Naser

The rich musical history of Brazilian music parallels the development of jazz in the United States' in many ways. At the same time, the two informed and influenced each other as they matured. Brazilian legends like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Dori Caymmi are remembered for their influence on the development of Bossa Nova, and Jobim, like ...

SpokFrevo Orquestra: Ninho de Vespa

Read "Ninho de Vespa" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Elettrizzante. Il Frevo è un genere musicale e una danza nata alla fine dell'800 a Pernambuco nel Nordeste del Brasile e associata a quel carnevale. È caratterizzato da un ritmo frenetico, quasi parossistico, e nella metà del secolo scorso s'è imposto al carnevale di Rio, diventando il ritmo tradizionale dell'intera Nazione. Un po' com'è successo al ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes

Read "John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes" reviewed by Paul Naser

Internationally renowned performer, composer, arranger, band leader, teacher; John Daversa's talents include these among many others. His in demand skills as a world-class trumpet player have led him to perform on such prestigious stages as the Monterey Jazz, Montreal Jazz and Montreux Festivals, on such well known American programs as Late Nite with David Letterman and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Arrival: Chegada 3

Read "Chegada 3" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Led by internationally renowned drummer Russ Miller, The Arrival Trio is a modern jazz group from Los Angeles which currently focuses on music from the contemporary side of jazz. Miller's previous efforts included projects of jazz fusion and a concentration on various drum solo albums which, he has now decided to move away from in favor ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Spok Frevo Orquestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Frevo--a feverish, exuberant dance music from the state of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil--made its Big Apple debut last night (October 25th, 2014) at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Theater. Virtually unknown in the U.S., it was originated by a composer known as Zuzinha as a street martial arts/ dance music and organized around carnival in cities ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Maucha Adnet and Helio Alves at 54 Below

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One of Gotham's newest music rooms 54 Below has decided to feature Brazilian music this summer and two veteran Brasileros--Maucha Adnet and Helio Alves--recently added their contributions. Performing music from Milagre (ZOHO, 2013), the duo invited clarinetist Anat Cohen and percussionist Cyro Baptista for the date.

Brazilian vocalists have been populating the jazz ...

Ricardo Silveira & Roberto Taufic: Atlanticos

Read "Atlanticos" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What do you get when two top-flight studio guitarists grab their acoustic axes and get together to bask in the glow of Brazilian music? The answer is the resplendent Atlanticos.

Ricardo Silveira is a Brazilian-born-and-based, Berklee-trained guitarist who's recorded hundreds of sessions, backing everybody from flautist Herbie Mann to Brazilian icons like Gilberto ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bibi Ferreira: New York, NY, April 14, 2013

Read "Bibi Ferreira: New York, NY, April 14, 2013" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Bibi Ferreira
Alice Tully Hall
New York, NY
April 14, 2013

On her first-ever New York City performance, the legendary Brazilian actor, singer, conductor and theater director Bibi Ferreira took the stage at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall backed by a 20-piece orchestra conducted by maestro João ...

Brazilian Trio: Constelacao

Read "Constelacao" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Constelacao contains a wonderful range of material, from the passionately churning title track to pianist Cedar Walton's classic “Bolivia," which features a great drum opening by Duduka da Fonseca.

Tucked between these splendid bookends are such gems as Dori Caymmi's beloved “O Cantador," which many will recognize as “Like a Lover." Introduced to North American ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Maucha Adnet & Helio Alves: Milagre

Read "Milagre" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Maucha Adnet and pianist Helio Alves have been collaborating in various settings for two decades, but Milagre marks their first full-length recording as a twosome. Adnet, who's best known for her decade-long tenure with the great Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Alves, a first call pianist who's worked with everyone from saxophonist Joe Henderson to cellist ...