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Ian Faquini e Paula Santoro: Metal Na Madeira

Read "Metal Na Madeira" reviewed by Jim Trageser

For most of us in the United States, mentioning “Brazil" in a musical conversation connotes bossa nova or samba--which is a bit like describing all American music as blues or country. Expertise in the music of Brazil is the work of a lifetime; much as with the United States, each region has its own ...


SpokFrevo Orquestra: Ninho de Vespa

Read "Ninho de Vespa" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To begin, a couple of small but important details: first, saxophonist Spok (given name: Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque) is the leader of this remarkable seventeen-piece “orquestra." Second, Frevo isn't Spok's co-leader but a form of Brazilian swing / dance music whose wellspring is the area in and around Recife, Pernambuco. Is it jazz? Most definitely, as ...


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