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Paulinho Garcia: My Very Life

Read "My Very Life" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

My Very Life, by Paulinho Garcia, is a release from Chicago Sessions--a subscription label service “featuring the best Chicago jazz artists." Many years ago Garcia realized that it pays to be a toucan in a land of penguins and he has been leaving his mark in the Windy City--and beyond--ever since.

This recording finds Garcia under ...

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Paulinho Garcia: Portrait in Black and White

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Paulinho Garcia milks much from sheer simplicity. The liner notes state that he recorded Portrait in Black and White “as if I was in my own living room." Garcia succeeded. Accompanied by his Spanish guitar, this release is characterized by its overall openheartedness and cool intimacy.



His cozy voice travels through a well-trodden repertoire ...

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Paulinho Garcia: Tempo Feliz

Read "Tempo Feliz" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

In Chicago and Japan, among other exotic places, guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia is well-known and beloved as one half of the multi-recorded group “Two for Brazil" (with tenor saxophonist Greg Fishman). He's also a third of “Three for Brazil" (with Fishman and celestial Polish jazz vocalist Grazyna Auguscik) as well as the leader of his own band, ...

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Two for Brazil: Take Five

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With the recent surge in popularity of world music, Latin jazz, and salsa, this Brazilian offering is a very timely and tasty arrival on the jazz marketplace. Two for Brazil is a duo composed of Paulinho Garcia, originally from Brazil, on guitar and vocals, and Chicago native Greg Fishman on saxophone and flute. This is the ...

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Two For Brazil: Take Five

Read "Take Five" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Quick and to the Point : Rewarding Brazilian jazz.

Although over-enthusiastically hailed as a Dave Brubeck-Paul Desmond resurrection in the liner notes, this Take Five isn’t umbilically linked to its illustrious namesake. It is, however, first-rate Brazilian jazz that stands on its own with ease, featuring an infectious emotive largesse, melodic pervasiveness and two festively brilliant ...

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Dois no Choro: Juntos

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Quick and to the Point: Classical music meets Jazz on gilded Brazilian streets..



A recording partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, Juntos (“Together”) is a Brazilian choro -inspired musical collage that reinterprets the work of some luminaries such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villa-lobos, and other composers. The ...

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Two For Brazil: Plays the Standards

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A caipirinha is a Brazilian drink that is as citrically tangy as it is sweet, as punchy as it is smooth. Such flavoring is reflected on Plays the Standards.



Two for Brazil is, as its name suggests, a duo: tenor/flautist Greg Fishman and guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia. Although their playing is extremely economical by necessity, ...