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Mauricio de Souza: Trajetórias

Read "Trajetórias" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The quiet masterpiece Trajetórias captures drummer, composer, arranger and bandleader Maurício de Souza leading his jazz ensemble Bossa Brazil in a beautiful live performance through Brazilian pop and jazz classics from the pens of such legends as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento and Pat Metheny.

Producer de Souza envelops each live performance ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob Rodriguez: Portraits

Read "Portraits" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'eredità musicale di Bill Evans impronta la cifra espressiva di questo disco, inciso nel '94 da Rodriguez in piena solitudine. Un pianista bravo ma non originalissimo, il cui camaleontismo non riesce a far decollare il decorativismo che informa il CD. Suoi colori, stilemi, vezzi, manierismi rimandano al marchio di fabbrica della pratica evansiana anche in alcune composizioni originali, con qualche ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Remembering Scott Sherwood

Read "Remembering  Scott Sherwood" reviewed by Peter Cobb

What does one possibly say when a treasure is ripped from our lives? What can you say? The jazz world lost a great light recently with the passing of guitarist, composer and educator Scott Sherwood. The rest of the world lost an even greater human being.

I don't know what the proper measure of ...

Bob Rodriguez: Portraits

Read "Portraits" reviewed by Elliott Simon

There are times when there's the urge to put on some solo piano music, turn down the lights and experience the intimacy that no other instrument can so perfectly create. And while the pensive Portraits that Bob Rodriguez paints on this solo effort are done up in somber tones there is an immeasurable beauty to these ...

Bob Rodriguez: Portraits

Read "Portraits" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Recorded in 1994 and released in 2009, New York area pianist Bob Rodriguez doesn't delve into an existential framework splattered with hidden meanings. Simply stated, the album title intimates the artist's personalized musical portraitures equally divided between standards and originals.

The pianist communicates great depth amid soul-stirring choruses and animated right hand leads. Rodriguez ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bob Rodriguez's "Portraits" on Art of Life Records (CD & MP3 Download Release)

Bob Rodriguez's "Portraits" on Art of Life Records (CD & MP3 Download Release)

Following the 2008 release of the duo recording, Ripples (Art of Life AL1034), with guitarist Scott Sherwood, Portraits is Bob Rodriguez's fourth release as a leader and finds him in a solo piano setting. Bob performs his unique solo piano arrangements of Bill Evans “Waltz for Debby", Rodgers & Hart's “Spring Is Here", Kern & Hammerstein's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob Rodriguez: Corridor

Read "Corridor" reviewed by Jim Santella

On this dreamy trio session, pianist Bob Rodriguez interprets a set of originals and several standards. His cascading keyboard melodies and gently flowing snippets of poetic charm give the listener a quiet storm of relaxed pleasure. The acoustic setting provides a natural texture, while each improvised phrase overlaps like the wind and the rain outside.

Bob Rodriguez: Corridor

Read "Corridor" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a mystery why some artists reach positions of prominence and others don't. Sometimes it's more about being in the right place at the right time than specific musical criteria like aptitude, creativity, and a distinctive personal approach. Since moving to New York in '88, pianist Bob Rodriguez has managed to create a niche through performing, ...