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ARTICLE: RADIO

Do the Jazz Shuffle

Read "Do the Jazz Shuffle" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we have have decided to do the jazz shuffle, and by shuffle we don't mean the jazz rhythm, but the feature that allows to play anything on a hard-drive in a randomized order. A perfect approach to revel through unexpected pairings, daring juxtapositions and accidental non sequiturs.

After all if one ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinicius Cantuaria: Vinicius Canta Jobim

Read "Vinicius Canta Jobim" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Quello di Antonio Carlos Jobim è uno dei songbook più popolari del '900 musicale, qui rivisitato con indubbio estro dal conterraneo Vinicius Cantuaria. Ne discende un Brasile del tutto diverso dai calligrafici omaggi alla bossa nova resi finora. Non mancano però le tracce più aderenti alla più canonica tradizione, con chitarra e strumentazione acustica.

Bossa Nova

Read "Bossa Nova" reviewed by AAJ Staff

In 1959, an unassuming guitarist/vocalist named João Gilberto from the Brazilian state of Bahia started a quiet revolution with his recordings “Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)" and “Desafinado (Off Key)" on the Odeon label. They featured arrangements by a young native of Rio de Janeiro, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Gilberto's whisper-toned, Afro-Indian-influenced Portuguese vocals complemented his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Paul Bollenback: Portraits In Space And Time

Read "Portraits In Space And Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Paul Bollenback is valued by listeners and musicians alike for his incisive and inventive guitar work, wholly in the tradition while simultaneously branching out beyond the same old same old. His playing has been a key ingredient--in some cases, the key ingredient--in much of organ kingpin Joey DeFrancesco's recorded output, saxophonist Jim Snidero's highly praised ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vinicius Cantuaria and Bebel Gilberto at Celebrate Brooklyn

Read "Vinicius Cantuaria and Bebel Gilberto at Celebrate Brooklyn" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Vinicius Cantuaria and Bebel Gilberto
Brasil Summerfest at Celebrate Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York
July 18, 2014

On the opening night of the third edition of the city-wide Brasil Summerfest, guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria took the stage with his quintet. He played a semi-acoustic guitar and started with a syncopated ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Bray Jazz Back With A Bang Over May Bank Holiday Weekend

Bray Jazz Back With A Bang Over May Bank Holiday Weekend

Bray Jazz, one of Ireland’s leading music festivals, returns for its 15th edition over the May Bank Holiday weekend with a line-up that would be the envy of much larger festivals. The picturesque seaside town of Bray, the oldest, continuously inhabited coastal town in Ireland, will resound to the sounds of jazz, world music and contemporary fusion ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mauricio Pessoa: Habitat

Read "Habitat" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bossa nova blossomed in the public eye a half century ago and, though it isn't a pop radio staple anymore, it still retains its firm standing in the world of jazz and in its native Brazil. Those who were there at the beginning, or worked with the originators of this style at a later date, have ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jayme Stone: "Room of Wonders"

Bach's Lilt, Mystery Melodies, and the Wonders of the World: Banjo Instigator Jayme Stone Whirls and Waltzes on Room of Wonders

As masterful banjo player and musical instigator Jayme Stone was fixing dinner one night, he heard Bach dance. “I was listening to Bach's “French Suites" while cooking. The performance had such a lilt to it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinicius Cantuaria - Bill Frisell: Lagrimas Mexicanas

Read "Lagrimas Mexicanas" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Non è certo nuova la collaborazione tra Vinicius Cantuaria e Bill Frisell, musicisti che si sono spesso incrociati [il chitarrista americano è stato spesso ospite dei dischi del collega brasiliano, ricambiato nel progetto “The Intercontinentals"], ma trova in questo nuovo Lagrimas Mexicanas una sintesi semplice e efficace. Soli con le proprie chitarre e la voce, i due evocano ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vinicius Cantuária / Bill Frisell: Lagrimas Mexicanas

Read "Lagrimas Mexicanas" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The fruit of Lagrimas Mexicanas is one born of mutual respect and collaboration between two distinct music icons. Bill Frisell's trajectory has spanned the paths of jazz and Americana, becoming one of the most respected guitarists in the business. A fine guitarist in his own right, but more noted for his heartthrob vocals, Brazilian singer-songwriter Vinicius ...