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Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira (born 26 June 1942), known professionally as Gilberto Gil (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒiwˈbɛʁtu ˈʒiw]), is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political activism. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Brazil's Minister of Culture in the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Gil's musical style incorporates an eclectic range of influences, including rock, Brazilian genres including samba, African music, and reggae. Gil started to play music as a child and was a teenager when he joined his first band

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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: Album Review

João Bosco: O Canto da Terra por um Fio

Read "O Canto da Terra por um Fio" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


Released just before the 2023 solstice (winter in the US, summer south of the Equator), João Bosco's stunning “O Canto da Terra por um Fio" (The Corner of the Earth by a Thread) adds a global call for godly and human intervention to the season's more traditional holiday fare. The piece is the first single of ...

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Article: Live Review

Baby do Brasil at City Winery New York

Read "Baby do Brasil at City Winery New York" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes


Baby do Brasil City Winery New York, NYSeptember 23, 2023 Backed by a six-piece band (guitars, drums, percussion and keyboards), Baby do Brasil (formerly known as Baby Consuelo) took to the stage showcasing a collection of hits from her five-decade career, including her time as a member of the legendary band ...

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Article: Album Review

Ricardo Dias Gomes: Muito Sol

Read "Muito Sol" reviewed by Cary Tenenbaum


This record is not a typical jazz record. The first impression it makes is of something fresh and unique. It invites one to listen to combinations of rhythms, textures and sounds and instrumentation not typically used together. The title track starts the record with a pulsing bass line plus floating synthesizer; the vocal starts ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gilberto Gil

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gilberto Gil

All About Jazz is celebrating Gilberto Gil's birthday today! Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira (born 26 June 1942), known professionally as Gilberto Gil (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒiwˈbɛʁtu ˈʒiw]), is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political activism. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Brazil's Minister of Culture in the administration ...

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Article: Album Review

Ben Sher: Samba for Tarsila

Read "Samba for Tarsila" reviewed by Neil Duggan


Ben Sher, an acclaimed jazz guitarist based in New York City, brings us Samba for Tarsila, in which he pays a musical tribute to the Brazilian modernist painter, Tarsila de Aguiar do Amaral (1886-1973). Her vivid abstract paintings of the Brazilian landscape have provided Sher with his inspiration for this project. To help him ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

A Life In Music

Read "A Life In Music" reviewed by Wulf Muller


The following is an excerpt from the Chapter “1996," from Wulf Müllers illustrated chronicle A Life In Music (Amazon Direct Publishing, 2022) Dee Dee Bridgewater performed three sold out nights at the glamorous and legendary Paris venue L'Olympia, with new signing to Verve France, singer Jeffery Smith, opening for her. Dee Dee's show ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Ricardo Bacelar

Read "Take Five with Ricardo Bacelar" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Ricardo Bacelar Ricardo Bacelar is a Brazilian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He began his musical career at a young age and was initially influenced by classical, jazz, and Brazilian styles, which significantly contribute to his work today. Throughout his career, he has had numerous accomplishments, garnering top radio play in the U.S., among other notable ...

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News: Recording

Renown Brazilian Pianist Ricardo Bacelar Releases 'Congênito' Which Showcases His Virtuosic Musicianship And World-Class Recording Facility Jasmin Studio

Renown Brazilian Pianist Ricardo Bacelar Releases  'Congênito' Which Showcases His Virtuosic Musicianship And World-Class Recording Facility Jasmin Studio

Brazilian pianist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Ricardo Bacelar will release his latest solo album entitled Congênito on August 5. It follows the release of the album's first single, “O último por do sol," in early July. Sonically a mix of pop, world, Jazz, and fusion, the recording showcases Bacelar's virtuosic ability as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and accomplished ...


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