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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: Film Review

They Shot the Piano Player

Read "They Shot the Piano Player" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

They Shot the Piano Player Sony Pictures Classics Director: Fernando Trueba Run Time: 103 minutes 2023 They Shot the Piano Player is an animated docudrama that explores the real-world 1976 disappearance of Brazilian pianist Francisco Tenório Júnior. Tenório was a gifted young pianist (34 years old at the ...


Article: Liner Notes

Joel Weiskopf: New Beginning

Read "Joel Weiskopf: New Beginning" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

For better or worse, it seems that any artistic endeavor that involves the true expression of raw human experience and emotion is destined to have appeal to only a small and select audience. This dilemma becomes even more daunting for the artist in today's technology-laden society where electronic communication has taken the place of face-to-face conversation. ...


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Yuri Honing: North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts

Read "Yuri Honing: North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's fitting that saxophonist, composer and quiet visionary Yuri Honing should be acknowledged as one of the pivotal voices in the history of the Netherland's world-renowned North Sea Jazz festival, described in 1990 by Jazz Times as “the best jazz festival in the world." Honing's first appearance at the NSJF's was in 1995, where he performed ...


Article: Album Review

Gili Lopes: Algures

Read "Algures" reviewed by Doug Collette

Bassist, composer, musical director and producer Gili Lopes is nothing if not an astute judge of talent. After all, for Algures (from an old Portuguese word meaning 'somewhere'), he has recruited a redoubtable case of accompanists, not the least of whom is saxophonist John Ellis, he of fruitful collaborations with Charlie Hunter and Miguel Zenon among ...


Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Allison Au's Migration Project: Transition, Trauma, and Transcendence

Read "Allison Au's Migration Project: Transition, Trauma, and Transcendence" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

"Human beings are both fixed and wandering, settlers and nomads. Our history is the story of the nomad giving way to the settler but when people are unsettled, they have to migrate." (Ruth Padel, On Migration, 2013) Human migration has exerted a profound and far-reaching influence on the evolution of our civilization and the ...


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Take Five with Tulio Araujo

Read "Take Five with Tulio Araujo" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Tulio Araujo Tulio is a Brazilian musician, carrying advanced degrees and experience in the fields of Percussion, Music Production and Sound Engineering. He has studied with renowned masters Ian Guest (Hungary), Santiago Reyther (Cuba), Marcos Suzano (Brazil), among others. Through his experimentation and study, he dreamt and effectively conceived a way to merge the pandeiro ...


Article: Film Review

Leaving Planet Earth: Amazon's Wayne Shorter Documentary Zero Gravity

Read "Leaving Planet Earth: Amazon's Wayne Shorter Documentary Zero Gravity" reviewed by Peter Jones

Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity Director: Dorsay Alavi 2023 Wayne Shorter was brought up in the belief that he could achieve anything he wanted to: there should be no barriers to his ambition. This three-part documentary--a true labor of love from director Dorsay Alavi--shows us that Shorter was far more than a musician. ...


Article: Liner Notes

David Kikoski: Surf's Up

Read "David Kikoski: Surf's Up" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It seems that the show tunes of the '30s, '40s, and '50s have served as fodder for several generations of jazz musicians, either providing their own melodies for subsequent development or lending their harmonic framework for the jazz writer to use as a basis for an original tune. Most recently, we've seen attention begin to shift ...


Article: Album Review

Marco Antonio Santos: About: Silence

Read "About: Silence" reviewed by 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 ...


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