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Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto: Por Causa De Voce

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Brazilian pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto came to the United Startes in 1993, and settled in the city of Seattle. He had visited the city while on tour with the legendary Brazilian musician/composer Hermeto Pascoal, and identified with the physical beauty and cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest. No matter his global location, Santos Neto is not ...

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Randy Halberstadt: Open Heart

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Seattle based pianist Randy Halberstadt has been a major figure on the jazz scene in the Pacific Northwest for several decades, applying his talents as a pianist, composer, educator, and author. He has four previous releases as a leader, most recently with Flash Point (Origin, 2010). So yes, it has been some time since we last ...

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Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto: Current

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Three-time Latin Grammy-nominee Jovino Santos Neto's Current features all new originals covering a range of Brazilian styles from contemporary and choro to baiao, samba and others. Santos Neto has toured the world, performing with mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, and Paquito D'Rivera, among others, and his long discography has established him as one of today's top ...

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Return to Forever IV / Zappa Plays Zappa: Denver, August 27, 2011

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Return to Forever IV with Zappa Plays Zappa
Paramount Theater
Denver, CO
August 27, 2011

With Return to Forever IV and Zappa Plays Zappa on the same bill, the Paramount Theater heard more notes per cubic inch than ever before. To say that these two bands play fast is like saying the Yankees ...

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Ben Thomas: The Mystagogue

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Seattle vibraphonist Ben Thomas offers a swinging, pulsing quintet sound on his second release, The Mystagogue. Thomas augments his core vibe/piano quartet with one of three clarinet and saxophone players on most of the tracks on the record, lending a ever-changing fifth voice to the ensemble. While the combination of piano and vibes might suggest the ...