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Mauricio de Souza

Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a professional jazz drummer who easily performs in both traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. De Souza was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello. Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing drums at age eleven. His early interest in complex music led him to explore numerous styles ranging from progressive rock, to classical music, to jazz. Since 2004, de Souza has directed/performed with his own groups: Maurício de Souza Group (Straight Ahead Jazz) and Bossa Brasil® (Brazilian Jazz). As a band leader, he has released four albums to date: ˝Here

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Mauricio de Souza: Five Roads

Read "Five Roads" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

If your idea of a great drummer's album is an album full of sonic bombast, do not pick up Five Roads by drummer Maurício de Souza and his ensemble Bossa Brasil. If you love showy drum fills, histrionic drum solos, or volume masquerading as intensity, you'll find none here. Instead, the drummer leads Bossa Brasil down ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband Rocks Piloo Records & Productions LLC 2019 The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

Take Five With Mauricio de Souza

Read "Take Five With Mauricio de Souza" reviewed by Mauricio de Souza

Meet Mauricio de Souza: Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a jazz drummer who easily performs in traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. De Souza was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello. Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing drums at age eleven. His early ...

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Valsinha Para Elvira

Featuring the music of Mauricio de Souza
Duration: 7:17

Mauricio de Souza's Bossa Brasil® live in concert: video recorded at Mondo in Summit, New Jersey on July 14, 2018.

Five Roads

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Estações; Bebeto; Folclórica; Bate Papo; BB; Paisagens; Ave Maria; O Barquinho; Valsinha Para Elvira (Live).

VIDEO

Bossa Brasil Live at Mondo

Featuring the music of Mauricio de Souza
Duration: 7:30

Mauricio de Souza's Bossa Brasil® live in concert at Mondo (in Summit, New Jersey) on July 14, 2018. A TEATRO Sí production. Musicians: Maurício de Souza (drums); Andrew Beals (alto sax); Bob Rodriguez (piano); Charlie Dougherty (bass).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mauricio de Souza: Trajetórias

Read "Trajetórias" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The quiet masterpiece Trajetórias captures drummer, composer, arranger and bandleader Maurício de Souza leading his jazz ensemble Bossa Brazil in a beautiful live performance through Brazilian pop and jazz classics from the pens of such legends as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento and Pat Metheny. Producer de Souza envelops each live performance ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars Absolutely Live II DM Ahora! Productions 2017 You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

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Bossa Brasil at Blue Note - Vera Cruz

Featuring the music of Mauricio de Souza
Duration: 12:58

Bossa Brasil live at Blue Note in New York, performing Milton Nascimento's, "Vera Cruz". Mauricio de Souza (drums), Adrian Cunningham (tenor sax), Jerry Weir (vibes), Bob Rodriguez (piano), Joonsam Lee (bass). Solos by Rodriguez, Weir, Cunningham, and de Souza.


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