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Daniel Santiago & Pedro Martins: Simbiose

Read "Simbiose" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Symbiosis, referring to a mutually advantageous connection between two parties, is most certainly the proper word to sum up this duo date. Back in the summer of 2015, Brazilian guitarists Daniel Santiago and Pedro Martins took to the quiet confines of a studio in São Paulo and spun out these nine organic beauties. To hear their ...

Clarice & Sergio Assad: Reliquia

Read "Reliquia" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Past and present are entwined in so many beautiful ways on Reliquia--the first collaboration between the father-daughter combination of guitarist Sergio Assad and vocalist Clarice Assad. Together these two trace a backwards course from today's vantage point, exploring their own musical bloodlines and those of their native Brazil. In doing so, they bring together a collection ...

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Various Artists: Piano In The House

Read "Piano In The House" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Benjamin Taubkin is a tireless promoter of the arts in Brazil. When he isn't out concertizing by himself, with the Latin collective América Contemporânea, the choro ensemble Moderna Tradição, the Orquestra Popular de Câmara, or any number of other groups he works with, he can be found busying himself in other arts-related matters. In 1997 ...

Soukast/Benjamin Taubkin: Sounds Of Life

Read "Sounds Of Life" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Electronic threads, street party drums, lively piano runs, meditative moments, metallic zest, and rhythmic seasonings all come to the surface when pianist Benjamin Taubkin and Soukast--the duo of Simone Sou and Guilherme Kastrup, two percussionists who artfully mix sampling into their work--set sail with “Pifaiada," the opening track on Sounds Of Life.

There's ...

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Mike Marshall & Chorro Famoso: Segunda Vez

Read "Segunda Vez" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Questo è il CD giusto per chi volesse ascoltare qualcosa di diverso rispetto al solito Brasile da cartolina. Niente samba jazz o bossa nova, solo la grande quanto semisconosciuta tradizione del choro che affonda le sue gloriose radici alla fine dell'800.

C'è tanta passione in questo recupero filologico di un ammaliante genere musicale, ...

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Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso: Segunda Vez

Read "Segunda Vez" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Segunda Vez comes a decade after this group's eponymous debut--a forty minute album featuring quintet and septet performances. Here, mandolinist Mike Marshall expands the length and breadth of the work while contracting the size of the group; all seventeen tracks on this seventy-plus minute program feature the same quartet--Marshall on mandolin, Andy Connell on clarinet and ...

Benjamin Taubkin: Al Qantara/The Bridge

Read "Al Qantara/The Bridge" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Music, by its nature, is about building bridges. When it's broken down to its very essence, it's all about forming connections between sounds and souls. That idea, in expanded and magnified form, is the core principle behind Al Qantara/The Bridge. Here, music takes on additional responsibilities, serving as a bridge between styles, syntax, and cultures; it ...

Jovino Santos Neto: Piano Masters Series, Volume 4

Read "Piano Masters Series, Volume 4" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Brasiliano residente negli USA, Jovino Santos Neto (classe 1954) ha iniziato la sua attività alla fine degli anni Settanta nel gruppo di Hermeto Pascoal e ha poi lavorato con Airto Moreira e Flora Purim, ma anche con gruppi a suo nome. Qui è alle prese con un repertorio che riassume molte sue esperienze, interpretato in solitudine. ...

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Ricardo Silveira / Vinicius Cantuária: RSVC

Read "RSVC" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

If there's a recording that could instantly transport you to a balmy tropical island with your favorite beverage in hand, then this wonderful collaboration between Brazilian guitarists Ricardo Silveira and Vinicius Cantuária should do the job quite nicely with a few unexpected surprises.

Each has amassed a level of rock-star like acclaim in ...

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Benjamin Taubkin - Adriano Adewale: The Vortex Sessions

Read "The Vortex Sessions" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Idee inusuali ma incerte connotano la recente produzione discografica di questo duo brasiliano. Le infinite sfumature e i registri espressivi della propria tradizione musicale vengono abbandonati dai due musicisti in favore di un jazz elegante e lirico, tutt'altro che originale sul piano dell'organizzazione musicale. I due evitano le pastoie del Brasile da cartolina, ma rimangono intrappolati ...