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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mauricio de Souza: Five Roads

Read "Five Roads" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

If your idea of a great drummer's album is an album full of sonic bombast, do not pick up Five Roads by drummer Maurício de Souza and his ensemble Bossa Brasil. If you love showy drum fills, histrionic drum solos, or volume masquerading as intensity, you'll find none here. Instead, the drummer leads Bossa Brasil down ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband
Rocks
Piloo Records & Productions LLC
2019

The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Mauricio de Souza

Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a professional jazz drummer who easily performs in both traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. De Souza was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello. Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing drums at age eleven. His early interest in complex music led him to explore numerous styles ranging from progressive rock, to classical music, to jazz. Since 2004, de Souza has directed/performed with his own groups: Maurício de Souza Group (Straight Ahead Jazz) and Bossa Brasil® (Brazilian Jazz). As a band leader, he has released four albums to date: ˝Here

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mauricio de Souza: Trajetórias

Read "Trajetórias" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The quiet masterpiece Trajetórias captures drummer, composer, arranger and bandleader Maurício de Souza leading his jazz ensemble Bossa Brazil in a beautiful live performance through Brazilian pop and jazz classics from the pens of such legends as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento and Pat Metheny.

Producer de Souza envelops each live performance ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Mauricio de Souza Strikes the Right Note

Read "Mauricio de Souza Strikes the Right Note" reviewed by Gloria Krolak

Moonstruck Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge owners Luke Magliaro and Howard Raczkiewicz hired a trio not long ago for a Friday night gig at their popular bistro in Asbury Park, and they got a quartet. Drummer Mauricio de Souza and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi teamed up with pianist-trumpeter Alan Chaubert. Close your eyes and you hear a quartet. ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Mauricio de Souza: Different Directions

Read "Mauricio de Souza: Different Directions" reviewed by Alain Londes

Brazilian music and jazz intermingle with other touches to produce Mauricio de Souza's Different Directions. There are a lot of different exposés, particularly of Brazilian rhythmic styles interpreted by a wonderful collection of artists contributing their artistic talents. Bossa Brazil lends itself more towards Brazilian music while the Mauricio de Souza group will have more traditional ...

NEWS: CONTEST

Enter the "Mauricio de Souza - Different Directions" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

Enter the "Mauricio de Souza - Different Directions" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the “Mauricio de Souza - Different Directions“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on January 10th. Click here to enter the contest (Becoming a fan of Mauricio de Souza at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck! About Different Directions In Different Directions, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Two Free MP3s by Mauricio de Souza and Bossa Brazil at All About Jazz

Download two free tracks courtesy of percussionist Mauricio de Souza and his band Bossa Brazil; including “La Vamos Nos" from his latest album Different Directions. La Vamos Nos
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From: Different Directions (Pulsa Music) Firm Roots
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From: Here. There... (Pulsa Music) About ...

Take Five With Mauricio de Souza

Read "Take Five With Mauricio de Souza" reviewed by Mauricio de Souza

Meet Mauricio de Souza:

Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a jazz drummer who easily performs in traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. De Souza was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello.

Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing drums at age eleven. His early ...