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Cyro Baptista

Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. Coinciding with the rise in the public’s interest of world music, Cyro has managed to record and tour with some of music’s most popular names. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself, have catapulted him into world renown. With his own project, the percussion and dance ensemble known as 'Beat the Donkey' Cyro gives free reign to his imagination, mixing his tremendous musical skills, his natural humor and theatrical ways with instruments from Brazil, Middle East, Indonesia, Africa and US. Cyro's credits read like a "Who’s Who" of modern music

Share The Wealth

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Segunda; Beam/Spiral; Nightstand; Stump The Panel; Headdress; Princess Phone; The Pleather Patrol; Ashcan Treasure; A Place On The Moon; Passed Down.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Despite the circumstances, this was a high volume year for album releases, rich in both quantity and quality. Mine is not a ranked listing, but more or less in reverse chronological order. Since I wrote fewer album reviews than average, for the first time I have included several releases that I did not review myself.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Nels Cline Singers: Share The Wealth

Read "Share The Wealth" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Nels Cline has led the Nels Cline Singers since 2002. While they have sometimes had guest performers on their recordings, the core band has been a trio of Cline, drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn (originally Devin Hoff). This album expands the group to a sextet with the addition of saxophonist Skerik, keyboardist Brian ...

Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp, Paul Lytton, Peter Apfelbaum, Marcus Rojas & Cyro Baptista

Read "Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp, Paul Lytton, Peter Apfelbaum, Marcus Rojas & Cyro Baptista" reviewed by Martin Longley

Evan Parker/Matthew Shipp/Paul Lytton Roulette March 25, 2019 Originally, this gig was billed as The Schlippenbach Trio, featuring a rare NYC showing from German grand master pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach. Anticipation was high, but the day before the show, it was announced that his work visa hadn't arrived in time ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Davis: Correlations

Read "Correlations" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

Exploration and innovation may be the aspiration of modern jazz, but trombonist Steve Davis' Correlations exemplifies the fact that nothing proves more compelling than the timeless art of gathering a group of musicians who work remarkably well together. A veteran of The Jazz Messengers, One For All, and The Jazztet, Davis has a wealth of experience ...

NEWS: EVENT

In Touch Entertainment Announces Its Spring Jazz Series Lineup

In Touch Entertainment Announces Its Spring Jazz Series Lineup

In Touch Entertainment is announcing the spring lineup of its highly successful jazz series produced by New York-based concert promoter, Charles Carlini of In Touch Entertainment. The programs consist of Piano Jazz, Guitar Masters, Trumpet Masters, Percussion Masters, Boss Tenors, and Vocal Mania. The latter is also running concurrently on the West Coast, with performances held ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Elliot Mason & Cre8tion: Before, Now & After

Read "Before, Now & After" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Jazz has no shortage of albums dealing with the past-present-future continuum--quite the opposite, in fact--but few carry as personal a tone as trombonist Elliot Mason's debut leader date. While speaking to broad concepts in dealing with the music's history and the notion of time taking form as one giant through line, Mason also inserts family ties ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jamie Saft: Jazz in the Key of Iggy

Read "Jamie Saft: Jazz in the Key of Iggy" reviewed by Luca Canini

In 1988 Bill Laswell produced Iggy Pop's album Instinct. Back then, little he could have known that, almost thirty years later, he would have been instrumental in facilitating the iconic singer's first foray in the Jazz world. Loneliness Road (RareNoiseRecords) documents the latest incarnation of James Newell Osterberg Junior, the front man of proto-punk band The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberto Bonati - Bjergsted Jazz Ensemble: Nor Sea, Nor Land, Nor Salty Waves

Read "Nor Sea, Nor Land, Nor Salty Waves" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Lavoro orchestrale frutto di una lunga collaborazione con il Bjergsted Jazz Ensemble di Stavanger, Norvegia, questo progetto a firma di Roberto Bonati, che ne dirige l'esecuzione, prende spunto da Völuspà -The Prophecy of Völva (La profezia della veggente), che è parte dell'Edda Poetica, poema della mitologia nordica. L'opera si articola in otto quadri di lunghezza variabile ...


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