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Rafael Barata

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Rafael Barata started playing drums at age of 5. His whole childhood was surrounded by music. The Samba and especially the Bossa Nova were his playground, always having fun with his dad Roberto Mendes and his brother Roberto Barata both musicians.  This great culture genuine from RJ, Brazil, made his drumming a reference around the world. He started his studio career at the age of 14. He has won two International Brazilian Drums contests: 1st Batuka - At the age of 15, and the Batuka Masters 2000 at the age of 20. In the same time, he started to play with greatest Samba Jazz legends from 60’s that introduced to him the Jazz world. This experience enhanced his jazz approach so much and years later he went to NY, where he started to play with the Jazz masters.


A Kiss for Brazil

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Flor de Lis; Month of March in Salvador (Dunas); The Gift (Recado Bossa Nova); O Grande Amor; Antigua; The Island; Manha de Carnaval; So Many Stars; Wave; Only Trust Your Heart.


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Flor de Lis

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2024
Duration: 05:18


Article: Album Review

Karrin Allyson: A Kiss for Brazil

Read "A Kiss for Brazil" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

A Kiss for Brazil is Kansas-bred Grammy-nominated singer Karrin Allyson's third release to feature Brazilian music (From Paris to Rio, Concord, 1999; Imagina, Concord, 2008), and her first to showcase Brazilian musicians: Vitor Gonçalves on piano and accordion, Rafael Barata at the drums, plus the acclaimed singer-guitarist and songwriter Rosa Passos. First-call New York-based guitarist Yotam ...


Article: Live Review

The Jazz Cruise 2024

Read "The Jazz Cruise 2024" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Celebrity Summit The Jazz Cruise Miami, Labadee, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas January 18-25, 2024 Founded by Anita E. Berry in 2001, The Jazz Cruise has been offering patrons a yearly action-packed weeklong jazz experience at sea with some 100 world-class musicians in 200 hours of programming ...


Article: Live Review

Kenny Barron Residency at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Kenny Barron Residency at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Kenny Barron Residency SFJAZZ Center San Francisco February 1-4, 2024 Popularly dubbed an “elder statesman" of jazz, pianist Kenny Barron, needs no introduction to aficionados of contemporary American music. At 80, he is still actively playing, composing, mentoring, teaching, and releasing music (including two duets with Dave Holland). Barron joined ...


Bossa 65

Label: AAM Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: Coisa Mais Linda; Samba Do Carioca; Bye Bye Brasil; O Barquinho; Maria Moita; Tete; Marcha Da Quarta-Feira De Cinzas; Rio; Nos E O Mar; Sabe Voce.


Article: Live Review

Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2023

Read "Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2023" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience Downtown Aspen Aspen, Colorado June 22-24, 2023 Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) has been around as a concept for a few decades now. The format and specific locations have changed over the years, but the basic idea remains the same: go to a beautiful mountain location and ...


Article: Album Review

Antonio Adolfo: Bossa 65

Read "Bossa 65" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

In 1963, a seventeen-year-old Antonio Adolfo was already gigging professionally on the exploding bossa nova scene in Rio de Janeiro, his hometown. His career has continued unabated. For decades, he has been putting out a steady stream of admirable albums, earning critical praise and multiple Grammy nominations. His releases have often focused on the work of ...


Article: Album Review

Antonio Adolfo: Bossa 65

Read "Bossa 65" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Composer, arranger and pianist Antonio Adolfo has a discography which extends to the very early days of the Bossa Nova craze that swept through Brazil and into North America. With his deep roots in the Bossa tradition, Adolfo is an internationally recognized Brazilian jazz personage. Many of his original compositions have been covered by artists such ...


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