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Emilio Santiago: Emilio Santiago

Read "Emilio Santiago" reviewed by Kevin Press

In retrospect, it's not surprising that Emílio Santiago chose a track list steeped in Latin music history and a long list of some of the best players in the game. It was clear from early on that Santiago had the potential to make a significant contribution to the genre. What's remarkable about this 1975 debut--reissued by ...

Hugo Fattoruso: Hugo Fattoruso Y Barrio Opa

Read "Hugo Fattoruso Y Barrio Opa" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Once upon a time in Uruguay, teenage brothers Osvaldo and Hugo Fattoruso stepped out of their musical family trio to play guitar and bass for popular Latin American jazz (swing) and rock 'n' roll ensembles, venturing in and around the region and woodshedding, which gave them time and space to work candombe rhythms and bossa nova ...

Sean Khan: Palmares Fantasy

Read "Palmares Fantasy" reviewed by Chris May

Palmares Fantasy is the fifth album to be released by British saxophonist Sean Khan under his own name or as the leader of SK Radicals. Like its predecessors, it is a blinder, in touch with the jazz tradition while absorbing influences from beyond it and wearing its political heart on its sleeve. The music is characteristic ...

Victor Assis Brasil: Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim

Read "Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

By the summer of 1970, popular music's lunatic joyride through the 1960s had fully careened into the new decade. Almost anything and everything still seemed possible. That summer, saxophonist Victor Assis Brasil returned to his home in Brazil from studies (alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, and others) at the Berklee College of Music to ...

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Victor Assis Brasil: Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim

Read "Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim" reviewed by Kevin Press

Victor Assis Brasil's passing in 1981 at the age of 35 was felt by jazz fans inside and outside his home country of Brazil. He was a major talent in the 1970s whose South American-bop mashups earned him a ticket to tour three continents.

Far Out Recordings has repackaged two of his finest LPs ...

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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 ...

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Nomade Orquestra: Entremundos

Read "Entremundos" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Entremundos translates into “Between Worlds," and the second full-length offering from this remarkable ten-piece Brazilian orchestra is full of songs about motion and movement, written and performed in their São Paulo observatory. And while listening to the complete set takes you less than fifty minutes, the musical journey it takes you on is endless.

Philippe Baden Powell: Notes Over Poetry

Read "Notes Over Poetry" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Notes Over Poetry is Philippe Baden Powell's tribute to his personal and musical connections and encounters. “I can't remember a time making music just by myself, I've always felt like a kid with toys waiting for friends to come and play," he recalls.

Notes Over Poetry seems to grow more beautiful as you progress ...

Joyce Moreno: Cool

Read "Cool" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Cool is the album that Brazilian singer-songwriter Joyce Moreno simply refused to make for decades. “For over 20 years I've been requested to make an album with North American jazz standards. Nothing against it, but I always said no," she explains. “I had the strange feeling that such an album would look weird in my discography, ...

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Joyce Moreno: Cool

Read "Cool" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Since the late '60s, Brazilian guitarist and singer Joyce Moreno has been one of the most iconic members of the MPB movement, pushing the envelope way past the traditional bossa novas of Jobim. In the early '80s, albums such as Feminina and brought Joyce an international following that she continues to enjoy to this day. Her ...