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Ivan Lins

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Ivan Lins is a Brazilian musician. He has been an active performer and songwriter of Brazilian popular music (MPB) and jazz for over 30 years. His first hit, Madalena, was recorded by Elis Regina in 1970. Simone is his most notable and respected interpreter. Testifying to Lins' importance as a composer is the frequency with which tribute albums and new covers of his compositions appear. His jazz classics have been recorded by many notable international artists including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, Diane Schuur, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Eliane Elias, Patti Austin, Toots Thielemans, Take 6, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, Carlos do Carmo, Mark Murphy, Dave Grusin, Sérgio Mendes, Michael Buble and countless others. Ivan Lins was born in Rio de Janeiro

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Article: Album Review

Jane Monheit: Come What May

Read "Come What May" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Some reviews should be easy, particularly when the artist is established, celebrated, and universally esteemed. Almost anyone interested in contemporary jazz and pop singing knows Jane Monheit. Quoting SFJAZZ directly, “In 1998, Monheit was a finalist at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Vocals Competition, taking second to the late Teri Thornton. She recorded twelve ...

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GUAI

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A Brazilian, who has Brazil and jazz engrained in her voice and soul, GUAI made her first stage appearance at the age of four. In 2016, she independently released her debut album, entitled DAMA DE PAUS; a bold and conceptual work, which generated rave reviews from important music journalists as well as the biggest names of Brazilian music, such as Roberto Menescal, Ivan Lins and Carlos Lyra. She was nominated for the biggest music awards in Brazil in 2011, 2012 and 2017. That year, she also launched her career internationally in Lisbon, Portugal, where she is currently based. The daughter of a pianist father and a vocalist mother, GUAI was exposed to music from an early age and she was destined to fulfil a personal mission to sing

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Article: Album Review

Hendrik Meurkens: Manhattan Samba

Read "Manhattan Samba" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Composer, virtuoso on both the vibraphone and harmonica, German-born New York-based Hendrik Meurkens presents yet another colorful and tantalizing taste of Brazilian music on the exquisite Manhattan Samba. A proponent of the samba and bossa nova styles of music after a full immersion while living in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1980s, Meurkens continues documenting ...

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Article: New York Beat

Helio Alves and Duduka Da Fonseca: The Indomitable Brazilians

Read "Helio Alves and Duduka Da Fonseca: The Indomitable Brazilians" reviewed by Nick Catalano


Undeterred by the pandemic, camaradas Helio Alves and Duduka Da Fonseca continue their masterful musicianship in Gotham boîtes wearing masks as they consistently perform ever-fresh music from the Brazilian archives. Performing at Smalls Jazz Club on April 28 in front of stouthearted souls representing New York's proud jazz patronage while streaming the show for worldwide adherents, ...

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News: Recording

Acclaimed Brazilian Guitarist Ricardo Silveira Releases 'Solo' On Moondo Music

Acclaimed Brazilian Guitarist Ricardo Silveira Releases 'Solo' On Moondo Music

Renowned Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Silveira released his first solo album, aptly titled Solo (April 16, 2021, Moondo Music LLC). Silveira is a prolific recording and performing artist in both Brazil and the United States. He has worked with a Who’s Who of legendary Brazilian artists, and he has recorded over a dozen albums as a leader ...

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Article: Album Review

Sue Maskaleris: Love is the Key

Read "Love is the Key" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Jazz composer Sue Maskaleris has quite the arsenal of skills in her toolbox. A pianist, vocalist, and crack lyricist, she bestows wry wit in her approach to writing that harkens to Dave Frishberg. Maskaleris is a product of the rich hummus of New York schools. She studied arranging with Don Sebesky and composition at Manhattan School ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Stryker: Baker's Circle

Read "Baker's Circle" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Baker's Circle, guitarist Dave Stryker revisits a format in which he is quite comfortable: an organ-driven rhythm ensemble whose emphasis is on hard-nosed contemporary swing. There is, however, a refreshing exclamation mark this time around in the person of able-bodied tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, and one more fringe benefit (on three tracks): percussionist Mayra ...

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Article: Interview

Eddie Daniels: 'Sings' Ivan Lins

Read "Eddie Daniels: 'Sings' Ivan Lins" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Eddie Daniels, one of the finest of clarinetists during his decades in jazz, is still an active, curious, exploring musician. He welcomes new things. His latest album, Night Kisses: A Tribute to Ivan Lins (Resonance Records), set to be released at the end of July, represents something new for him. Music is an art ...

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Article: Album Review

Luciana Souza: Storytellers

Read "Storytellers" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ci sono dischi che raggiungono un equilibrio così prezioso tra gli ambiti strumentali e vocali (in un clima di lirismo, ricchezza interpretativa e freschezza) che regalano nuove emozioni a ogni ascolto e non vorresti staccartene. È quanto accade all'album appena pubblicato da Luciana Souza, inciso con la WDR Big Band diretta da Vince ...


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