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Billy Newman

Guitarist Billy Newman has been performing for over 20 years. Starting in Jazz, he performed in the 80’s with artists such as Dave Douglas and Vincent Herring. Since 1992 he has been traveling to Brazil, spending months there to investigate the myriad forms of music. In 1995 he began forming groups to perform principally Brazilian instrumental music at New York cultural institutions including the Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and MOMA, as well as at colleges, clubs and libraries. After 1998, Billy developed a serious passion for Choro music, studying and playing with musicians including Rogerio Souza and Rodrigo Lessa in Rio de Janeiro

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Brazilian Trio: Constelacao

Read "Constelacao" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Constelacao contains a wonderful range of material, from the passionately churning title track to pianist Cedar Walton's classic “Bolivia," which features a great drum opening by Duduka da Fonseca.

Tucked between these splendid bookends are such gems as Dori Caymmi's beloved “O Cantador," which many will recognize as “Like a Lover." Introduced to North American ...

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Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet: Jazz Samba-Samba Jazz

Read "Jazz Samba-Samba Jazz" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Duduka Da Fonseca is the patron saint of Samba Jazz. He's been singing the virtues of this hybridized form for quite some time, establishing a rhythmic middle ground where both worlds can meet in mutual, musical splendor. In short, he's earned the cymbal halo that floats above his head on the cover of Samba Jazz--Jazz ...

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Duduka Da Fonseca Trio: Plays Toninho Horta

Read "Plays Toninho Horta" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A disproportionate number of Brazilian-focused albums centered on one composer's work have been devoted to exploring the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, but he's hardly the only composer from that locale deserving of the tribute treatment. Countless others have become ambassadors who spread the wonders of Brazil through their music, and nobody is more qualified to ...

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Patty Ascher: Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba

Read "Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In addition to serving as an album title, Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba could also serve as the defining mantra for a good portion of the albums on the Zoho Music label. While that company has released a wide variety of discs, covering Afro-Cuban cookers (Arturo O'Farrill), rock-solid blues (Ike Turner), and updated takes on the tango ...

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Brazilian Trio: Forests

Read "Forests" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

This exciting recording is a perfect example of the thorough absorption of the Bossa Nova being integrated with the mainstream jazz piano trio. All three members of Brazilian Trio are, in fact, Brazilians but have lived in New York City for decades,settling in the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

Pianist Helio Alves is the youngest ...

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Brazilian Trio: Forests

Read "Forests" reviewed by Karen Hogg

Forests marks the auspicious debut of the Brazilian Trio--pianist Helio Alves, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca--three musicians already well known in Brazilian jazz circles, having played with an impressive list of Latin icons, including Paquito D'Rivera, Rosa Passos and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

While the traditional piano trio format serves them well, ...