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Erik Charlston

Jazz vibraphonist Erik Charlston, a native of Chicago, has a diverse career centered in New York, where he currently leads his JazzBrasil sextet. Charlston has also performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Fred Hersch, Steve Coleman, James Carter, Sam Rivers, Dave Brubeck, and Orlando Puntilla Rios, among others. He has performed with Sting, Billy Joel and Elton John at Carnegie Hall, and with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, he played with Metallica at Madison Square Garden. Alongside Bill Frisell, Gil Goldstein, Marty Ehrlich and Greg Cohen, he has interpreted the music of the classic film composer Bernard Herrmann in London with the BBC Symphony, in France with the Orchestre National de Lyon and most recently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In New York, Erik performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic, with Encores at City Center, and on film soundtracks from Disney’s “Aladdin” to the recent ”Julie and Julia” and Coen brothers’ “True Grit.” A frequent performer on Broadway in “Hair” and “The Lion King,” he has also played extensively with the Orchestra of St

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Erik Charlston at Cafe Wha

Read "Erik Charlston at Cafe Wha" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Erik Charlston and JazzBrasil, a sextet from his CD Essentially Hermeto (Sunnyside) came to Café Wha for a one set offering of their music on Sunday June 28. Charlston has gained wide attention for his knowledge and performances of the music of Hermeto Pascoal. This illustrious composer/ musician/producer from Lagoa da Canoa, Alagoas, whose genius has ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Latin Jazz Cavalcade

Read "Latin Jazz Cavalcade" reviewed by Nick Catalano

The onslaught of compelling Latin jazz concerts, club performances and recordings here in Gotham are attracting audiences all over town. Here are a few highlights. On Friday, January 11, Catalonian pianist Chano Dominguez appeared at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola accompanied by drummer Dafnis Prieto. Selections from Dominguez's critically acclaimed Blue Note CD Flamenco Sketches ...

Essentially Hermeto

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Valle de Ribeira; Rebuliço; Santo Antonio; Essa Foi Demais; Hermeto; Paraiba; Frevo Rasgado; Viva o Rio de Janeiro.

JazzBrasil

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: 1. Vale da Ribeira; 2. Rebuliço; 3. Santo Antonio; 4. Essa Foi Demais; 5. Hermeto; 6. Paraíba; 7. Frevo Rasgado; 8. Viva o Rio de Janeiro.

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Erik Charlston: JazzBrasil

Read "JazzBrasil" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Come si evince dal titolo, JazzBrasil è un album incentrato sulla musica brasiliana, con un'attenzione particolare alla figura del compositore Hermeto Pascoal, dal repertorio del quale vengono interpretati sei degli otto brani in scaletta, scelti dal vibrafonista Erik Charlston per il suo debutto come leader. Charlston indaga insieme alla propria band - sestetto caratterizzato da dinamicità ...

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Erik Charlston JazzBrasil: Essentially Hermeto

Read "Essentially Hermeto" reviewed by Matt Cibula

Erik Charlston is not shy about revealing his main influence. Not only did he title this album Essentially Hermeto after the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist/composer/mystic Hermeto Pascoal, he even starts the first track with the kind of rustling ambient sound that Pascoal loves so much. Unlike Pascoal himself, who might use that sound for a few minutes or ...

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Erik Charlston JazzBrasil: Essentially Hermeto

Read "Essentially Hermeto" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

No musical expedition to Brazil can be complete without a reverent doffing of the proverbial hat as the traveling musicians make an essential stop at Barrio Jabour, the place where the great Hermeto Pascoal lives. This is what vibraphonist and marimba artist Erik Charlston did. Fortuitously, he captured the resident and hovering spirits in the splendid ...


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