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10 Videos: Johnny Alf

10 Videos: Johnny Alf

Most fans of the bossa nova are familiar with Stan Getz, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto. They also may be hip to Marcos Valle, Joao Donato, Carlos Lyra, Vinicius de Moraes, Walter Wanderley, Luiz Bonfa and Sylvia Telles. New to you, however, may be Johnny Alf, who's often referred to as “the father ...

Leny Andrade, Roni Ben-Hur: Alegria de Viver

Read "Alegria de Viver" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tra le voci storiche della musica brasiliana, Leny Andrade è una delle meno note al pubblico internazionale. Eppure è tra le massime interpreti della musica sudamericana e lo conferma -all'età di 72 anni -in questo ultimo album, registrato in duo col chitarrista Roni Ben-Hur. Sorretta da un timbro dalla venatura polverosa, che negli anni ha aggiunto ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Lembrança di Emilio Santiago (1946-2013).

Read "Lembrança di Emilio Santiago (1946-2013)." reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Scomparso il venti marzo di due anni fa all'età di sessantasette anni, Emilio Santiago è stato uno dei più sublimi interpreti della canzone popolare brasiliana. Emerso alla metà degli anni '70, l'artista carioca si è andato via via imponendo come vocalist originale, creativamente colloquiale nelle pirotecniche evoluzioni ritmico-melodiche. Il suo disco d'esordio (Emilio Santiago, 1975) è ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Claudio Roditi: Bons Amigos

Read "Bons Amigos" reviewed by AJS

Bons Amigos is a collection of light, breezy compositions from several generations of Brazilian composers. Lilting sambas and gentle bossa novas make up the bulk of this disc, resulting in a relaxed but heartfelt jam for Brazilian trumpeter/flugelhornist Claudio Roditi and friends.

Roditi admits to playing “a few more notes" than usual here, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Morello and Barth: Fim De Semana em Eldorado

Read "Fim De Semana em Eldorado" reviewed by Edward Blanco

After a temporary move to Ipanema, Brazil in the fall of 2001 and a full immersion into the melody-rich music of the bossa nova and samba, German guitarist Paulo Morello and Danish alto saxophone Kim Barth capture their Brazilian experience on Fim De Semana Em Eldorado (Weekend In Eldorado). Recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 2001, ...

Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage: Copacabana

Read "Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage: Copacabana" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage
Copacabana
Zoho Music
2010

How it is possible that bassist Nilson Matta is allowed to fly so low under the proverbial radar, with recognition coming mainly from his peers, is one of those mysteries that artists have to learn to live with. Meanwhile, Matta has been ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Johnny Alf, a 'Father of Bossa Nova,' Dies at 80

Johnny Alf, a 'Father of Bossa Nova,' Dies at 80

Johnny Alf, an influential Brazilian songwriter, pianist and singer whose delicately swinging music was a precursor to the bossa nova, died on March 4 in Santo Andre, Brazil, just outside Sao Paulo. He was 80 and lived in Sao Paulo. The cause was prostate cancer, said his manager, Nelson Valencia. Though he was not widely known outside ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Bossa Nova Pioneer Johnny Alf Dies

Bossa Nova Pioneer Johnny Alf Dies

RIO DE JANEIRO/ A founder of Bossa Nova music has died in Brazil after fighting prostate cancer. He was 80.

Pianist Johnny Alf was called the “true father of Bossa Nova" by Ruy Castro, who wrote a definitive history of the music. Alf widely influenced later stars. A statement from a hospital near Sao Paulo says Alf ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

For Latin Lovers: Mark Weinstein, Claudio Roditi, Emilio Solla

Read "For Latin Lovers: Mark Weinstein, Claudio Roditi, Emilio Solla" reviewed by J Hunter

In many ways, the description “Latin jazz" is no more useful than the umbrella description “jazz." There are sub-genres inside the sub-genre, all of them with subtle color changes that provide different flavors, even though it all can lead to the same satisfying result. Here are three early 2010 entrants into this musical conversation.