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Luciana Souza

2002 and 2003 Grammy nominee Luciana Souza is one of Brazil's leading singers and interpreters, while at the same time establishing herself as one of the most exciting songwriters of the time. Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators who performed and wrote numerous hit tunes for stars like Joao Gilberto and Elis Regina. Her early childhood was influenced by the frequent jam sessions and weekend visits of stars of the day such as Milton Nascimento and Hermeto Pascoal. Her work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music and an enlightened approach to classical repertoire and new music

ARTICLE: RADIO

2020's Travel Songs - Part 1

Read "2020's Travel Songs - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this year of painful confinement music has been a much needed source of solace, with its capacity to take us beyond our times and across space. Here some of the best “travel songs" that we've been digging this year, while planning on taking them on a real road-trip as soon as possible. Happy ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

Por Amor

Label: Far&Here
Released: 2020
Track listing: FOR LOVE - POR AMOR 3:28 DAY BY DAY 7:08 YING AND YANG 4:48 SEVEN OF HEARTS 3:48 ABOUT YOU 6:55 CORAÇAO VAGABUNDO - GYPSY HEART 5:03 RYTHM OF LOVE - OUR DANCE 5:34 GLOW WITH THE FLOW - DUET 5:04 COME MUSICA 5:26 HIDDEN BEAUTY 6:32 THIS TOO SHALL PASS - BU DA GECER 4:16 LAND AND SEA 6:07 LOVE'S CRESCENDO 4:35

Storytellers

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Varanda, Matita Peré, Se Acontecer, Beatriz, Choro #3, Mau Pai, Baião a Tempo, Chora Choração, Mar de Copacabana, Sim ou Não.

For Love

Label: Far&Here
Released: 2020
Track listing: For Love - Por Amor; Day by Day 7:08 Ying and Yang; Seven of Hearts; About You; Coraçao Vagabundo - Gypsy Heart; Rythm of Love - Our Dance; Glow With the Flow - Duet; Come Musica; Hidden Beauty; This Too Shall Pass - Bu Da Gecer; Land and Sea; Love's Crescendo.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fahir Atakoglu: For Love

Read "For Love" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran international recording artist Fahir Atakoglu delivers his eighteenth album as leader with the audacious For Love, an album which he proclaims: “ ... Is all about love." And he believes “Everything depends on love." A native of Turkey, this Turkish-American artist is an award-winning composer and pianist whose long and distinguished career has included writing ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Rah! Rah!: Claire Daly's Tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Other New Releases

Read "Rah! Rah!: Claire Daly's Tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Other New Releases" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

A bounty of new releases this week from saxophonist Claire Daly, harmonicist Hermine Deurloo, Thelonious Monk (newly discovered live performance), the Mike Melito Dino Losito Quartet, plus vocalists Simone Kopmajer, Sandra Marlowe and Sarah Moule, along with birthday shoutouts to Norma Winstone, Rebecca Kilgore, Lara Driscoll, Isabel Crespo, Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane and more. Thanks for ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Drinking Again and Them There Eyes - Happy Birthday Doris Tauber

Read "Drinking Again and Them There Eyes - Happy Birthday Doris Tauber" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we feature new releases from Fahir Atakoglu with Luciana Souza and other guest vocalists who contribute lyrics to his latest project of love songs, Carol Albert, Ran Blake with vocalist Christine Correa, plus birthday shoutouts to Doris Tauber (composer of “Them There Eyes" and “Drinking Again"), vocalists Maria Muldaur, Tom Wopat, Nancy Harms, Mel ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift

Read "Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift" reviewed by Russell Perry

In 1987, the first Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition was held. Among the winners were Marcus Roberts and Joey DeFrancesco. On a roughly annual basis, the competition is held, now focussing on a different instrument each year and renamed in 2019 the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition. The competitions in 2010 ...


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