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Samba Azul: Samba Azul

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Samba Azul: Samba Azul
If Brazil had hands, it would grab you and never let you go. It is as much an emotional feeling as it is a location on a map. It is this that inspired drummer Adam Osmianski's 2019 project, Samba Azul, a compilation of beloved Brazilian standards.

Osmianksi, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, lives and works in London. Armed with a deep love of Antônio Carlos Jobim, Edu Lubo, Sergio Mendes and Edison Machado, Osmianski formed Samba Azul in 2012. The group's debut record features pianist and vocalist Joy Ellis, vocalist and percussionist Mishka Adams, guitarists Greg Sanders-Gallego and Pedro Velasco, percussionists Alex Talbot and Jeremy Shaverin, bassist Greg Gottlieb, harmonica player Philip Achille and Osmianski himself.

The musicians capture the spirit of diversity inherent to Brazilian music, making this record a great introduction for the yet-to-be-initiated. Another aspect of Samba Azul is its commentary on London's modern music scene. Young, innovative musicians are weaving new life into the city's cultural fabric. Osmianski's group throws force behind that momentum, simultaneously adapting to the changing scene and engineering new directions. The record also reflects Osmianki's acute awareness of his audience; he taps into that culture of fun that seems so emblematic of London's listening community these days. The tracks are short and injected with excitement without the sacrifice of quality that one would expect from such an ensemble of high-caliber artists.

Track Listing

Borandá; Especiaria; Maria do Socorro; Senhoras do Amazonas; Universo ao Meu Redor; Baleiro; Tenha Fé, Pois Amanhã um Lindo Dia Vai Nascer; Upa, Neguinho; Vento de Maio; Casa Forte; Mambembe.

Personnel

Adam Osmianski: drums, percussion, vocals; Joy Ellis: piano, Fender Rhodes, vocals; Pedro Velasco: guitar; Greg Gottlieb: bass; Alex Talbot: percussion; Jeremy Shaverin: percussion/vocals; Greg Sanders: guitar; Mishka Adams: vocals; Philip Achille: harmonica.

Album information

Title: Samba Azul | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Adam Osmianski

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