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Antonio Adolfo: Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica

Read "Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Big bands are a rarity in Brazilian jazz. Nonetheless pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo says he dreamed for 40 years of making an album with a world-class big band. His dream comes true with Encontroas--Orquestra Atlantica. While a relatively new and untried aggregate, on the evidence of this excellent, always interesting album, the Atlantica look set to become ...

Antonio Adolfo: Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica

Read "Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After forty years of gigging around the world with a who's who of jazz instrumentalists and singers, the celebrated Brazilian pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo has realized his life-long dream of writing for and recording with a world-class big band--and what a band it is: the remarkable Orquestra Atlantica from Adolfo's home country, formed in 2012 and molded ...

Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido - From Rio to Wayne Shorter

Read "Hybrido - From Rio to Wayne Shorter" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo has been a golden musical fixture in his native Brazil. He did not cross my radar until 2010 with his recording La e Ca: Here and There (AAM), which he recorded with jazz singer (and daughter) Carol Saboya. This revelation gave me two artists for the efforts of covering one. From that recording, ...

Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido - From Rio To Wayne Shorter

Read "Hybrido - From Rio To Wayne Shorter" reviewed by Roger Farbey

With well over thirty albums to his name, Brazilian composer and pianist Antonio Adolfo has now conjured up a really attractive paean to the master saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. The selection of tracks is excellent because it clearly demonstrates just how key a figure Shorter is to jazz. It doesn't replicate the 1988 Blue Note ...

Antonio Adolfo: Tropical Infinito

Read "Tropical Infinito" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Brazilian pianist/composer, arranger and longtime educator Antonio Adolfo, has more than twenty-five albums as a leader delivering the best of bossa nova and samba-styled grooves and employing a variety of rhythm sections in accomplishing this. Tropical Infinito is a musical homage of sorts from the pianist, exploring the jazz music of the early 1960s that influenced ...

Carol Saboya: Carolina

Read "Carolina" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Classic samba from enchanting Brazilian vocalist Carol Saboya and a first-rate band. It's a family affair, with her father, pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo in charge of piano and arrangements. He is working with his regular band, so the arrangements fit like a glove. The core repertoire is unimpeachable, with three songs by the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim ...

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Carol Saboya/Antonio Adolfo/Hendrik Meurkens: Copa Village

Read "Copa Village" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Back in 1969, pianist Antonio Adolfo was working with vocalist Elis Regina. While touring through Sweden, Regina and her band had the opportunity to connect with Toots Thielemans, leading to the recording of Elis & Toots (Philips, 1969). Now, more than forty-five years later, Adolfo finds himself in a similar situation, working alongside another sunny Brazilian ...

Antonio Adolfo: Rio, Choro, Jazz...

Read "Rio, Choro, Jazz..." reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

For the more casual fans, Bossa Nova is the Brazilian contribution to music. But there's more than that, and a background from which the popularization of Brazilian sound began in America via saxophonist Stan Getz' teamings with Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim on Getz/Gilberto (Verve Records, 1963) and guitarist Charlie Byrd for Jazz Samba (Verve ...

Antonio Adolfo: Finas Misturas

Read "Finas Misturas" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Pianist, composer and educator Antonio Adolfo's second instrumental release as a leader, on his own AAM label, is entitled Finas Misturas (in English, “fine mixtures"). The name refers to the fusion of jazz elements with the rhythms and sensibilities of Adolfo's native Brazil. The result is a pleasing batch of six covers and four originals.

Antonio Adolfo: Finas Misturas (Fine Mixtures)

Read "Finas Misturas (Fine Mixtures)" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Brazilian pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo has been making important contributions to the Brazilian-Caribbean musical discography for 40-plus years. His most recent recordings--Chora Baiao (Self Produced, 2011), with Adolfo as leader, and La e Ca (AAM Music, 2010), made with daughter, vocalist Carol Saboya--display the results of a careful evolution of jazz through Caribbean and South American music, ...