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Dexter Payne Quintet: Jazz for All (Jazz Forró)

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Dexter Payne plays clarinet with an easy, warm and conversational style. It never sounds like he's pushing or stretching toward the next note, but more like he kind of just lets the next note flow out from this one. On Jazz For All, Payne and his quintet flow through Brazilian choro from a unique, multi-cultured and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Harvey Wainapel: Amigos Brasileiros Vol 2

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The beautiful, gentle musical spirit of the late Thiago de Mello--a most influential composer, instrumentalist, arranger and producer from the Amazon (and leader of the Brazilian large ensemble Amazon)--floats like a friendly ghost throughout Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2.

Harvey Wainapel boasts serious jazz chops, on clarinet and saxophone; and serious jazz credentials, including work ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

What a Wonderful World (of Music)

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Wil Blades
Field Notes
Royal Potato Family
2014

It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio.

Wil Blades provides an excellent case study ...

Dexter Payne: Pra Vocé

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Pra Vocé is clarinetist Dexter Payne's homage to the late Thiago de Mello, the composer, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist whose life and music reflected the panoramic beauty of his native Brazil and with whom Payne recorded several beautifully reflective pieces of music, including and especially their self-produced 2007 duet Another Feeling (2006, Dexofon). Take time to stroll ...

Worlds Apart, Whirled Together

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BossaCucaNova
Our Kind of Bossa
Six Degrees
2014

Our Kind of Bossa celebrates fifteen fun years of BossaCucaNova, one of Brazil's most adventurous contemporary ensembles (and was also timed to coincide with Brazil hosting the 2014 soccer World Cup). These eleven tracks fuse the electro-bossa nova for which the group ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ithamara Koorax: Celestial Elegance

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Singer thamara Koorax recorded her 15th solo CD, Got to Be Real (Irma, 2012), “live in the studio" in Rio de Janeiro, the place of her birth, with her touring band--bassist Jorge Pescara, drummer Haroldo Jobim (a cousin of Antonio Carlos Jobim) and keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami, founding member of Brazil's famous fusion export Azymuth, on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Thiago de Mello & Dexter Payne: Another Feeling

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Have you ever walked alone through a quiet beautiful woodland and stepped into an open space full of nothing but warm and growing brightness, and felt like nature was a cathedral and you were seated in its front row? Another Feeling sounds just like that: completely, naturally, immaculate and beautiful.

Dexter Payne on clarinet ...