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Baden Powell de Aquino was born in Varre-e-Sai in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His father, a scouting enthusiast, named him after Lord Robert Baden-Powell. When he was three, his family relocated to a suburb in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The new surroundings proved profoundly influential. His house was a stop for popular musicians during his formative years. He soon started guitar lessons with Jayme Florence ("Meira"), a famous choro guitarist, in the 1940s. He proved a young virtuoso, having won many talent competitions before he was a teenager. At age fifteen, he was already playing professionally, accompanying singers and bands in various styles

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Article: Liner Notes

Raul De Souza: Colors

Read "Raul De Souza: Colors" reviewed by Arnaldo DeSouteiro


Raul De Souza's life can be seen as a one-of-a-kind story. Indeed, it would make a perfect novel or film script. It may not be as big a tragedy as 'Round Midnight or Bird, but it has drama, love, adventure, and great music. Picture this: a poor child grows up in Brazil working as ...

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Article: Play This!

Moacir Santos: Coisas

Read "Moacir Santos: Coisas" reviewed by Marc Myers


Moacir Santos was a Brazilian composer, multi-instrumentalist and educator who never became as well known as his peers, including Bola Sete and Baden Powell. While he collaborated on songs with Nara Leão, Roberto Menescal and Sérgio Mendes among others, he privately taught artists who went on to become highly successful global bossa nova singers and songwriters. ...

Article: Album Review

Magos Herrera: Aire

Read "Aire" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Se amate l'universo musicale latino nelle sue varie espressioni--più o meno jazzisticamente orientate--verrete coinvolti profondamente da questo disco intenso e sorprendente. Magos Herrera è una cantante e compositrice messicana poco nota in Italia ma considerata tra le massime vocalist contemporanee. Magos risiede a New York dal 2008 e in due decenni ha pubblicato dischi ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Trio Da Paz: 30

Read "Trio Da Paz: 30" reviewed by Howard Mandel


Only very special collaborations last 30 years, and rarely do they become more exciting and together over the decades. Trio da Paz, however, is one such long-lasting and still lightning band. The team of drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, guitarist Romero Lubambo and bassist Nilson Matta, all Brasilian jazzmen of New York City, is just as dashing ...

Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz Winter 2022

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 2022" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Umbria Jazz Winter 29 Orvieto Varie sedi 28.12.22--1.1.23 Nel programma della ventinovesima edizione del festival orvietano, la prima pagina era interamente dedicata alla memoria di Franco Fayenz, scomparso il 25 ottobre 2022; critico dall'impronta unica, capace di conciliare analisi musicale e sana divulgazione, era anche un amico storico di Umbria Jazz. ...

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Article: Album Review

Nate Najar: Jazz Samba Pra Sempre

Read "Jazz Samba Pra Sempre" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Pioneered by Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto and popularized by Baden Powell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Roberto Menescal and others in the early '60s, the bossa nova sound resonated strongly with the American jazz audience, and the Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd album Jazz Samba (Verve Records, 1962) became one of the driving forces behind this genre. Guitarist ...

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Article: Album Review

Diego Figueiredo: Follow the Signs

Read "Follow the Signs" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Grammy-nominated Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is considered to be one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world. A classically-trained musician influenced by Brazilian masters Joao Gilberto and Baden Powell, he has also integrated the styles of American guitarists George Benson, Pat Metheny and the great Joe Pass into his playing. Figueiredo has recorded almost thirty ...

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Article: Album Review

Diego Figuieredo: Follow the Signs

Read "Follow the Signs" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Latin allure, anyone? Follow the Signs is a wonderful salute by guitarist Diego Figueiredo to the sunny and rhythmic music of Brazil, comprising an album of themes much like those he came of age listening to in his hometown of Franca, about four hours north of Sao Paulo. To carry out his plan, Figueiredo amplifies his ...


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