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Flora Purim

For those who know Flora, an introduction is unnecessary. Her music has interwoven the life fabric of anyone with a passing interest in Latin and American jazz music for over 25 years. Her once-in-a-generation six-octave voice has earned her two Grammy nominations for Best Female Jazz Performance and Downbeat magazines Best Female Singer accolade on four occasions. Her musical partners have included Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie and Airto Moreira, with whom she has collaborated on over 30 albums since moving with him from her native Rio to New York in 1967. Her musical genius was inbred thanks to a Russian émigré father who played violin and a mother who was a talented pianist in her own right

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Brazilian jazz pianist Ricardo Bacelar makes a 'Live' statement with 'Nothing Will Be As It Was'

Brazilian jazz pianist Ricardo Bacelar makes a 'Live' statement with 'Nothing Will Be As It Was'

Brazil is leading the world per capita in coronavirus cases making it unlikely that people will be cramming into a concert venue anytime soon to hear live music. Then there is the recent unrest that erupted in response to civil injustices in the US that bodes to spark meaningful change around the world. These are the ...

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Chick Corea: Trilogy 2

Read "Trilogy 2" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In his restless and adventurous sixty year career, Chick Corea has presented his music in a myriad of assemblages, from sideman to leader, solo, duo, quartet, quintet, fusion, traditional, classical, flamenco, world music, etc. And bless him for it. But if truth be told, perhaps the time tested piano trio is the truest representation of his ...

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Tom Cawley: Catenaccio

Read "Catenaccio" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Tom Cawley has been a familiar presence on the British jazz scene for well over a decade. He teaches piano and improvisation in the jazz department of London's Royal Academy of Music and he's led his group Curios since its debut album, Hidden, was released in 2007 on Jazzizit Records. Cawley won the Young Jazz Musician ...

CTI on BGO, Part 2

Read "CTI on BGO, Part 2" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

2018 proved to be a very good year for reissues of CTI-albums on the British label, BGO. They stepped up with an abundance of albums from the likes of guitarist Jim Hall, saxophonist Stanley Turrentine and flautist Hubert Laws (you can read about them here). So far, 2019 also looks promising and kicks off with releases ...

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Hugo Fattoruso: Hugo Fattoruso Y Barrio Opa

Read "Hugo Fattoruso Y Barrio Opa" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Once upon a time in Uruguay, teenage brothers Osvaldo and Hugo Fattoruso stepped out of their musical family trio to play guitar and bass for popular Latin American jazz (swing) and rock 'n' roll ensembles, venturing in and around the region and woodshedding, which gave them time and space to work candombe rhythms and bossa nova ...

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Adi Meyerson: Where We Stand

Read "Where We Stand" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Adi Meyerson is a young bassist and composer living in New York City. She shows a healthy respect for jazz tradition on her debut CD but also shows the ability to play around with more open-ended musical forms. Most of the tracks have the feel of a hard-blowing '60s jazz combo with Joel Frahm's ...

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Grammy Nominated Pianist Antonio Adolfo Releases “Encontros – Orquestra Atlantica”

Grammy Nominated Pianist Antonio Adolfo Releases “Encontros – Orquestra Atlantica”

Throughout the past 40 years, Antonio Adolfo has had a very busy career as a pianist, composer and arranger. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, his teachers included Eumir Deodato and Nadia Boulanger (in Paris). A jazz pianist since the mid-1960s in Brazil, Adolfo worked with such major singers as Leny Andrade, Flora Purim, Elis ...

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Song Yi Jeon: Movement Of Lives

Read "Movement Of Lives" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Song Yi Jeon is a vocalist from South Korea whose voice and music can be as ethereal as ectoplasm or as penetrating as a laser. She recalls the mystical flexibility of Sheila Jordan and the raucous improvisations of Patty Waters in her sound but comes up with her own brand of hypnotic beauty. On ...

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Dave Manington's Riff Raff: Challenger Deep

Read "Challenger Deep" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Dave Manington's third album as leader is an intriguing one. It defies the listener's expectations as it progress through its titles. For example, the Chick Corea /Flora Purim-esque opening to “Dr. Octopus" may lead the listener into false assumptions of the Latin kind. Similarly, the ensuing title track, including Tom Challenger's Albert Ayler-like tenor wails and ...


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