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João Barradas: Directions

Read "Directions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Since childhood, Portuguese accordionist João Barradas has been winning awards on his instrument at national and international level. His undoubted talent on his chosen instrument--and its midi version--is on display throughout Directions, his first album as leader. So, too, is his talent as a composer--all but one of the tracks are his original compositions.

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André Fernandes: Dream Keeper

Read "Dream Keeper" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in jny: Lisbon in 1976, guitarist André Fernandes is becoming a significant international player in jazz. He studied at the Lisbon Hot Club School and later at Berklee College of Music for two years in the late nineteen nineties. He has contributed to the projects of many internationally renowned jazz musicians including Julian Arguelles, Avishai ...

André Fernandes: Wonder Wheel

Read "Wonder Wheel" reviewed by Chris Mosey

André Fernandes, guitarist with the Orquestra Jazz De Matosinhos, one of Portugal's most dynamic big bands, is an accomplished musician and was obviously hoping for great things with this one. He commissioned Maria Bouza Pinto, an artist who is the epitome of “ le cool Lisboa“ to design the cover. And he recruited Ines Sousa from ...

Take Five With Mário Franco

Read "Take Five With Mário Franco" reviewed by Mario Franco

Meet Mario Franco:
Mário Franco was born in 1965 and started music lessons when he was four years old in Centro Estudos Gregorianos. Franco studied music theory with Maria José Godinho then with Cristina Brito da Cruz in the Academia de Amadores De Música. During his time at Academia Amadores De Música, he initated double ...

Susana Santos Silva: Devil's Dress

Read "Devil's Dress" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

The Portuguese big band Orquestra Jazz De Matisinhos (OJM) has played engagements and recorded albums with big names like Lee Konitz and Kurt Rosenwinkel. One of its trumpeters, Susana Santos Silva, has gathered four other members of the ensemble for her debut album, Devil's Dress. As with the OJM, Silva's music acts as a testing ground ...

Susana Santos Silva Quintet: Devil's Dress

Read "Devil's Dress" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Devil wears many guises, as does the music on Devil's Dress. Trumpeter Susana Santos Silva spans a variety of styles and, while some songs contain a dark presence and power that perfectly suits Beelzebub's reputation, other songs have a brighter outlook that looks upward toward the skies, not downward toward Hades.

While ...

Susana Santos Silva Quintet: Devil's Dress

Read "Devil's Dress" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jazz is an American art form, brewed up in a musical gumbo in New Orleans in the early twentieth century. The music drew on an African tradition, but a European influence seeped in. The Big Easy was a cosmopolitan city, even in its beginnings. European jazz, borrowed from America but originating in and played by European ...

Andre Fernandes: Cubo

Read "Cubo" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

The young, thirty-one year old Portuguese guitarist Andre Fernandes has control of his destiny, putting a multitude of factors in play to foster his own creativity as well as those of his talented cohorts. Like the protagonist of a self-help program, Fernandes engages in activities (like heading up his TOAP imprint) that engender circumstances allowing desired ...