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Bossacucanova E Roberto Menescal: Bossa Got the Blues

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Listening to Bossacucanova creates the impression that you're driving an exquisite Italian sportscar on a leisurely and sunny Sunday afternoon. You can hear the smooth purr of the engine powering your rhythm, soft but ferocious, a napping tiger, through the open window. Slicing through the breeze moderates its temperature so that it feels both warm and ...

Innervisions, Improvisations and Other Jazz Fevers

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Lili Añel Better Days Winding Way Records 2019 Singer-songwriter Lili Añel and Better Days sound cut straight out of the northeast US. It's more than the geographic location of Añel's birth (Spanish Harlem, “El Barrio," in New York) or raised (South Bronx), and it's more than ...

Bossa Got the Blues

Label: Six Degrees Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1937; Mandacaru; Train to Ipanema; Sambalaya; Blues Bossa; Laudir's Theme; Bossa Got The Blues; Klaunga Rocket; Vou Nessa; Galeria Menescal.

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Emilio Santiago: Emilio Santiago

Read "Emilio Santiago" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In 1975, vocalist Emilio Santiago was riding high as “The Nat King Cole of Brazil" and recording this eponymous full-length debut with some of that verdant musical nation's leading jazz composers and instrumentalists, including João Donato (keyboards), Danilo Caymmi (flute), Wilson das Neves (drums) and Victor Assis Brasil (saxophone). The four decades which have since passed ...

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Dexter Payne Quintet: Jazz for All (Jazz Forró)

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Dexter Payne plays clarinet with an easy, warm and conversational style. It never sounds like he's pushing or stretching toward the next note, but more like he kind of just lets the next note flow out from this one. On Jazz For All, Payne and his quintet flow through Brazilian choro from a unique, multi-cultured and ...

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Bossacucanova: The Best of Bossacucanova

Read "The Best of Bossacucanova" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two decades ago, when three amigos--DJ Marcelinho DaLua, Alex Moreira and Marcio Menescal, son of bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal--began remixing classic 1960s bossa nova just for the fun ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

Read "Jazz in Its Present Tents" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries. Bossacucanova The Best of Bossacucanova Six Degrees Records 2016 Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

The Best of Bossacucanova

Label: Six Degrees Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Berimbau; Consolação; Meditação; Bye Bye Brasil; Água De Beber; Brasilidade; Essa Moça Tá Diferente; Previsão; Águas De Março; Adeus América; É Preciso Perdoar; Balança (Nao Pode Parar!); Índio Quer Apito; Waldomiro Pena (Dalata Remix).

Our Kind of Bossa

Label: Six Degrees Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Adeus América; Deixa a Menina; Balança (Não Pode Parar!); A Pedida É Samba; É Preciso Perdoar; Segure Tudo; Ficar; Waldomiro Pena; Deixa Pra Lá; Rio de Inspiracão; Tô Voltando.


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