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David Feldman: Horizonte

Read "Horizonte" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Fans of the music always remember their first aural encounters with talents of note. In the case of this writer's awakening to the wonder that is pianist David Feldman, the initial point of contact was drummer Duduka Da Fonseca's Plays Toninho Horta (Zoho Music, 2011). That date--the first of three fine outings that Da Fonseca's trio ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics

Read "Barranquijazz 2015: Trombone Heaven in the Tropics" reviewed by Mark Holston

It's impossible to know beforehand what individual performance at a multi-day jazz festival will be remembered as a certifiable highlight. Sometimes the key factor that makes such a magic moment possible is unpredictable and comes out of the blue. At Colombia's recent annual Barranquijazz Festival, the curiosity of a festival staff member led to a particularly ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Colombian Festivals: Exotic Jazz Cocktails

Read "Colombian Festivals: Exotic Jazz Cocktails" reviewed by Mark Holston

As the season of summer jazz festivals in the U.S. winds down to a precious few, including California's iconic, mid-September Monterey Jazz Festival, the eyes and ears of seasoned aficionados may be focused on options in other lands. Don't be surprised if an increasing number of North American fans will find much to their liking in ...

Rodrigo Lima: Saga

Read "Saga" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki



“I fell in love with the jazz guitar--all kinds of jazz guitarists, from Jim Hall to Pat Metheny to Luis Bonfá, by listening to their records," explains Brazilian composer, arranger, bandleader and guitarist Rodrigo Lima. Saga luxuriously extends this jazz guitar love affair across the American and Brazilian continents--it was recorded in New ...

Checking in from Global Outposts

Read "Checking in from Global Outposts" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Atlas Maior
Palindrome
Self Produced
2014

Open the package for Atlas Maior's debut CD and here's the first line you read: “Palindrome was completely improvised and recorded live with no overdubs." How you respond to these words will greatly shape how you respond to this music.

A ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Hermeto Pascoal: Slaves Mass

Read "Hermeto Pascoal: Slaves Mass" reviewed by John Kelman

Hermeto Pascoal
Slaves Mass
Warner Bros.
1977

It's not hard to see why the creator of today's Rediscovery, Hermeto Pascoal, was such a significant figure to everyone from Miles Davis and Gil Evans to Herbie Hancock and, of course, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, who co-produced Slaves Mass. Had the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist only ...

Rio de Janeiro’s shrine to Brazil’s fabled Bossa Nova

Read "Rio de Janeiro’s shrine to Brazil’s fabled Bossa Nova" reviewed by Mark Holston

While CD stores have virtually disappeared in most countries, Brazil remains a notable exception. In most large cities, specialty shops featuring contemporary and historic recordings by the country's legendary music-makers are still prospering. Visitors from abroad will delight in finding so much entrancing Brazilian sound at their fingertips.

Enter the multi-level Bossa Nova & ...

Ithamara Koorax: Opus Classico

Read "Opus Classico" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Throughout her career, Ithamara Koorax has consistently exercised a singing voice that approaches the eternal; Ira Gitler once famously described Koorax's singing as “celestial elegance." On Opus Clássico, that amazing voice finds material to match: Vocal and vocalized melodies written by such master composers as Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Sergie Rachmaninoff and Heitor Villa-Lobos, lovingly and ...

Raising Vision and Voice

Read "Raising Vision and Voice" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Decades ago, Archie Shepp and Sun Ra were among the first musicians to expand their vision for the human voice beyond the traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure. Today, through digital sampling and other technology, musicians incorporate and manipulate the human voice in ways that even these two iconoclasts might not recognize. At the same time, the profound ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ithamara Koorax: Celestial Elegance

Read "Ithamara Koorax: Celestial Elegance" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Singer thamara Koorax recorded her 15th solo CD, Got to Be Real (Irma, 2012), “live in the studio" in Rio de Janeiro, the place of her birth, with her touring band--bassist Jorge Pescara, drummer Haroldo Jobim (a cousin of Antonio Carlos Jobim) and keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami, founding member of Brazil's famous fusion export Azymuth, on ...