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Back to Brazil: Part Three

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A singer who needs no introduction, Eliane Elias sculpts a predictably sensual soundscape on Love Stories (Concord). The nine-track project features a string orchestra and lush arrangements by Rob Mathes, unobtrusive rhythm section chores by a cadre of Brazilian percussionists, and the steady hand of bassist ...

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Back to Brazil: Part Two

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Part Two of this series on recent Brazilian-influenced releases continues with further discussion of the Samba Jazz genre. The style's heyday, from the early to mid-1960s, produced what Brazilian music critics consider to be landmark recordings. The early champions of the instrumental and more jazz-oriented version ...

Back to Brazil: Part One

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The recent passing of Brazilian music icon João Gilberto at the age of 88 invites us to reflect on the music revolution he was influential in sparking over six decades ago. The singer and guitarist, partnering with composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, announced the arrival of a ...

Polish Jazz: Under The Surface

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The article was originally published in a special English edition of Jazz Forum magazine prepared for Jazzahead! 2018.

It was the summer of 2002. A friend had just passed me a copy of Tomasz Stańko's latest CD on ECM—Soul Of Things, and was raving about the young trio backing the legendary trumpeter. In no ...

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Jazz In Buenos Aires: Fresh Breezes From The South

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Galería Apolo is one of many 1950s-style shopping arcades that flank Avenida Corrientes, the gaudy, pedestrian-packed “Broadway" of Argentina's cosmopolitan and bustling capital city. A dimly lit galería, it's the kind of one-stop-shopping destination where tiny specialty shops sell everything from comic books to costume jewelry and a visitor can get a watch repaired or satisfy ...

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Colombian Festivals: Exotic Jazz Cocktails

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As the season of summer jazz festivals in the U.S. winds down to a precious few, including California's iconic, mid-September Monterey Jazz Festival, the eyes and ears of seasoned aficionados may be focused on options in other lands. Don't be surprised if an increasing number of North American fans will find much to their liking in ...

A Jazz Holiday In Rio

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For most, mention a trip to Brazil and what comes automatically to mind is that vast tropical country's annual Carnaval celebration and the lure of its endless beaches. The high season, from December to early March, is when this nation of 200 million receives the most visitors by far. During Brazil's winter season, from roughly from ...

Saving Old Records to L.A. Throwback Bands

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Library of Congress Acts to Save Old Recordings

More than half of the oldest sound recordings, including some masters by George Gershwin, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, have been lost over the years, according to the Library of Congress. Patrick Loughney, chief of the library's audiovisual conservation division, believes the nation has developed a “cultural ...

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Guitarist Tomas Janzon Basks in Bassists

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Guitarist Tomas Janzon Basks in Bassists

Players who lead trios and duos featuring a bassist tend to stick with one. Tomas Janzon is happy with Essiet Essiet, 56, drummer Art Blakey's last bassist.

Yet, “There are so many extraordinary bassists in New York," the Big Apple-based Swedish guitarist tells me, “that I am happy ...

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Shakespeare's Sonnets Sung to a Jazz Beat

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Shakespeare's Sonnets Sung to a Jazz Beat

“If music be the food of love, play on." And while you're at it, set 16 of Shakespeare's sonnets to music, and play and sing them to a jazz beat. Which, by my troth, is exactly what Caroll Vanwelden has done. The comely Belgian pianist wanted to produce ...