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Milton Nascimento

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

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 1

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We may still be months away from developing vaccines to tame the threat that COVID19 poses to our bodies. But given the centrality of the mind-body connection for our physical well being, we should not forget that we continue to have music to support our minds during these challenging times. So I have reached ...

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JD Walter: Dressed in a Song

Read "Dressed in a Song" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

JD Walter is a consummate vocalist who has devoted himself over many years to evolving a unique style that is nevertheless ensconced in the jazz tradition. The public relations sheet for this new CD states that “this is his first release since recovering from a life-threatening heart condition and surgeries on his heart and vocal cords." ...

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The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining

There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George ...

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Northern Voices: Heather Bambrick and Brenda Earle Stokes

Read "Northern Voices: Heather Bambrick and Brenda Earle Stokes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a vast array of notable singers that have been given unto us from the Great White North. In terms of star power you have Joni Mitchell, k.d. Lang, Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain, Bruce Cockburn, the lovably twangy Neil Young and a croaky Leonard Cohen. And, of course, we have genre-straddling, jazz-breathing mega-names like Michael Bublé ...

Back to Brazil: Part One

Read "Back to Brazil: Part One" reviewed by Mark Holston

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The recent passing of Brazilian music icon João Gilberto at the age of 88 invites us to reflect on the music revolution he was influential in sparking over six decades ago. The singer and guitarist, partnering with composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, announced the arrival of a ...

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North Sea Round Town 2019

Read "North Sea Round Town 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

North Sea Round Town Dawn: A Trilogy of Sound Rotterdam Wihelmina Pier June 28-29, 2019 North Sea Round Town is a community-based festival in the port city of Rotterdam (largest port in Europe) situated in the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta at the North Sea. With its 365 concerts spread over ...

Take Five with Christian de Mesones

Read "Take Five with Christian de Mesones" reviewed by Christian de Mesones

About Christian de Mesones Christian “Big New York" de Mesones has been playing bass guitar for decades. At 18, he graduated from the world-famous Bass Institute of Technology (now the Musician's Institute) in Hollywood, California where he studied with such greats as Abraham Laboriel, Pat Martino, and the late Tommy Tedesco. He ...

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Anat Cohen Tentet at SFJAZZ

Read "Anat Cohen Tentet at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Anat Cohen Tentet SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA May 19, 2019 Swinging one moment, meditative the next. That typifies the style of clarinetist Anat Cohen. A native of jny: Tel Aviv, the 39-year-old Cohen studied at Berklee School of Music in jny: Boston before moving to jny: New York City. Over ...

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Rogerio Boccato: No Old Rain

Read "No Old Rain" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Per il suo album d'esordio, il batterista brasiliano Rogerio Boccato rende omaggio alla sua tradizione musicale reinterpretando alcune delle più celebri canzoni brasiliane del Novecento. I classici standard di Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta, Egberto Gismonti, Edu Lobo sono stati qui fantasiosamente rivisitati, trasponendone creativamente gli accenti in tempi jazzistici. Questo felice percorso discografico è ...


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