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Multitalented Milton Nascimento is frequently acclaimed as Brazil's greatest musician. As a singer/songwriter, he weaves a startling blend of musical influences, including Brazilian and African folk strains, European classical music, and the Brazilian bossa nova. His Portuguese lyrics range from themes of universal love and the spiritual unification of the child and adult, to expressions of the struggle of oppressed people in Latin America and throughout the world. He has collaborated with and inspired numerous Latin American musicians, and has won the admiration of diverse American artists, including jazzmen Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Pat Metheny. Nascimento was raised in the small town of Tres Pontas, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais


Article: Album Review

Marco Antonio Santos: About: Silence

Read "About: Silence" reviewed by Katharine (Katchie) Cartwright

Marco Antonio Santos grew up in Betim, an industrial city in southeastern Brazil. His father, an automotive tooling designer, listened to North American Top-40 radio (Bee Gees, John Denver). At family gatherings, Uncle Fabiano sang such Brazilian popular classics as Noel Rosa's “Com que Roupa?," accompanying himself on guitar and inspiring a twelve-year-old Marco Antonio to ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Wayne Shorter: Footprints of a Soothsayer

Read "Wayne Shorter: Footprints of a Soothsayer" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Rarely has a jazz musician created a body of work in which depth, sophistication and melodies coexist as beautifully as Wayne Shorter. In this episode we selected interpretations of his compositions by musicians we admire and who chose to follow his soothsaying footprints. In loving tribute to Mr. Gone. Playlist Ben Allison ...


Article: Profile

Wayne Shorter remembered as Jazz's Shaman Of Musical Influence

Read "Wayne Shorter remembered as Jazz's Shaman Of Musical Influence" reviewed by Doug Hall

The voice, tone, phrasing--in effect, the signature sound of the saxophone has distinguished a number of artists. The late Wayne Shorter, having just passed away at 89, has been a profound force of interpretation on the tenor, and on the soprano--there is no greater master. He remained at the forefront of influence with his instrument and ...


Article: Liner Notes

Seamus Blake: Bellwether

Read "Seamus Blake: Bellwether" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The music speaks for itself. This timeworn axiom has often served as a suggestion that there's an intangible aspect to music's universal language that is somehow beyond mere words. In some cases this may be true, but on the other hand, this outlook has occasionally in the past served as a viable excuse for justifying music ...


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Take Five with Monday Michiru

Read "Take Five with Monday Michiru" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Monday Michiru Since her solo album debut in 1991, songstress-flutist Monday Michiru has released albums on an annual basis both as a soloist and collaborator. Known as one of the pioneers of the Japanese acid jazz movement and boasting countless dance floor and radio hits worldwide, Monday's compositional style and repertoire has evolved to that ...


Article: Album Review

Hermeto Pascoal: Planetario Da Gavea

Read "Planetario Da Gavea" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Planetario Da Gavea is an enormous, sprawling document from a February 1981 outdoor performance series by Brazilian jazz wizard Hermeto Pascoal recorded under the stars in the Gávea neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, within the dome of the city's outdoor planetário (planetarium). Ten pieces, most never recorded before and several never performed again, stretch ...


Article: In Pictures

Torino Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Torino Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Antonio Baiano


Article: From the Inside Out

Demons and Wizards, June Bugs and Jakarta

Read "Demons and Wizards, June Bugs and Jakarta" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Hermeto Pascoal Planetario Da Gavea Far Out Recordings 2022 Planetario Da Gavea is an enormous, sprawling document from a February 1981 outdoor performance series by Brazilian jazz wizard Hermeto Pascoal recorded under the stars in the Gávea neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, within the dome of ...


Article: Album Review

Ryan Keberle's Collectiv do Brasil: Sonhos Da Esquina

Read "Sonhos Da Esquina" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ryan Keberle's broad musical interests have led him to create some distinctly different ensembles. This top-tier trombonist and composer has grown and developed his own double quartet, laid out a wide-ranging vision across a handful of albums with the compact Catharsis, explored the flow of influences between jazz and classical music in Reverso and honored and ...


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