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Joao Barradas: A New Place For The Accordion In Jazz?

Read "Joao Barradas: A New Place For The Accordion In Jazz?" reviewed by Chris Mosey

In the 1940s Art van Damme swung sweetly on the accordion with cover pictures of beautiful girls sipping cocktails.

Then, in the 1950s, the ebullient Angelo DiPippo introduced the instrument to hipsters at the Newport jazz festival before going on to play in the wedding sequence of the first Godfather movie.

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

João Barradas: Directions

Read "Directions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Since childhood, Portuguese accordionist João Barradas has been winning awards on his instrument at national and international level. His undoubted talent on his chosen instrument--and its midi version--is on display throughout Directions, his first album as leader. So, too, is his talent as a composer--all but one of the tracks are his original compositions.