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Baden Powell

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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Take Five with Daniela Soledade

Read "Take Five with Daniela Soledade" reviewed by Daniela Soledade

Meet Daniela Soledade Daniela Soledade may initially seem like a fresh name in Brazilian music, but the vocalist's impact immediately strikes a chord as encountered on her debut album, A Moment of You (Blue Line Music Records, 2019). A carefully curated set of Bossa Nova gems (while dodging the most obvious choices), Brazilian-ized standards and original ...

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Daniela Soledade, Vocalist With Deep Roots In Traditional Brazilian Music, Will Release Her Debut Album, A Moment Of You, On September 6

Daniela Soledade, Vocalist With Deep Roots In Traditional Brazilian Music, Will Release Her Debut Album, A Moment Of You, On September 6

Daniela Soledade may initially seem like a fresh name in Brazilian music, but the vocalist’s impact immediately strikes a chord as encountered on her debut album, A Moment of You (Blue Line Music Records, 2019). A carefully curated set of Bossa Nova gems (while dodging the most obvious choices), Brazilian-ized standards and original songs, created in ...

Conrado Paulino

Style "...is like an effortless blend of Joe Pass and Baden Powell" [Fabio Carrilho, Violão PRO Magazine, Brazil]
The style of guitarist, composer and arranger Conrado Paulino is an original fusion of three major musical schools. The first one embraces the repertoire of Brazilian music, a universe from which his creative basis takes its shape.
The second one reveals itself in a jazzy influence that becomes conspicuous in its harmonically modern concept and its ample room for improvisation on his arrangements.
The last one is the utilization of classical guitar techniques, notably in his use of arpeggios and counter-melodies

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Various Artists: MPS: 50 Years

Read "MPS: 50 Years" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In 2018, MPS--Musik Produktion Schwarzwald--Records, Germany's first jazz label, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Pianist Oscar Peterson recorded the first release for MPS after his contract with Verve expired. Its catalog expanded to feature George Duke, Red Garland, Wolfgang Dauner, Horst Jankowski, George Shearing, Monty Alexander and many other pianists. Violin became the label's second most featured ...

One Day in Brazil, 50 Years in Germany

Read "One Day in Brazil, 50 Years in Germany" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Tony Adamo Was Out Jazz Zone Mad Ropeadope 2018 Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same role, ...

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Take Five with Wataru Uchida

Read "Take Five with Wataru Uchida" reviewed by Wataru Uchida

About Wataru Uchida Wataru Uchida is a saxophonist and composer. Wataru studied saxophone performance and composition with Chico Freeman, and has been leading his jazz projects in New York since 2003. In 2002, Wataru worked as a teaching assistant of Rory Stuart's rhythm analysis class at New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music program. ...

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Baden Powell: Tristeza on Guitar

Read "Tristeza on Guitar" reviewed by Chris May

2018 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the German jazz label MPS. To mark the occasion, the label's catalogue of over 400 albums has been released on download, and a vinyl and CD reissue programme has begun. Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell's Tristeza on Guitar is among the first of these discs. Originally released in ...

Tristeza on Guitar

Label: MPS
Released: 2017
Track listing: Side One: Tristeza; Canto de Xango; Round About Midnight; Sarava; Canto de Ossanha. Side Two: Manha de Carnaval; Invencao Em; Das Rosas; Som de Carnaval; O Astronauta.

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Vitor Gonçalves: Vitor Gonçalves Quartet

Read "Vitor Gonçalves Quartet" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Al suo debutto discografico, dopo tre anni di permanenza a New York (l'album è di quest'anno ma l'incisione è del giugno 2015), il giovane musicista brasiliano si rivela pianista e, soprattutto autore, talentoso e singolarmente eclettico. Il percorso musicale è un susseguirsi di sorprese nell'architettura dei brani, nel dinamismo ritmico e nelle scelte metriche e armoniche ...


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