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Jaques Morelenbaum

Jaques Morelenbaum – bio Carioca (born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Jaques Morelenbaum has accomplished 44 years of career as cellist, arranger, record producer, conductor and composer. Jaques has has graduated as a cellis at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Since his early days, Jaques has looked for new directions to his cello playing. Before releasing three albums with the group A Barca do Sol (the 1st of them produced by Egberto Gismonti) Jaques was already writing arrangements and conducting choirs. Up till today, Morelenbaum has collaborated in 788 albums and performed 2570 concerts in 47 countries in 446 cities, sharing stages and music with names as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Egberto Gismonti, Leonard Bernstein, Gal Costa, Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque de Holanda, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sting, Mitslav Rostropovich, the Portuguese Madre Deus, Carminho, Mariza, Dulce Pontes, Danças Ocultas, Rui Veloso, the Cape-Verdeans Cesária Évora and Mayra Andrade, the French Henri Salvador and Richard Galliano, the Angolan Paulo Flores, the Japanese Sadao Watanabe, Choro Club and Gontiti, the Spanish Clara Montes and Presuntos Implicados, the Germans NDR Big Band, NDR Symphony Pops Orchestra and WDR Big Band, the North-Americans David Byrne and Chris Botti, the Cuban Omar Sosa, the Argentinians Fito Paes, Diego Schissi and Marcelo Dellamea, and the Mexican Julieta Venegas. Jaques is a Grammy winner as a record producer: Best World Music Album with Caetano Veloso, for "Livro", and twice the Latin Grammy, as Best Brazilian Music Album for "Noites do Norte", also by Caetano Veloso, and Best Pop Music Video, with Julieta Venegas. As a sound track composer, Morelenbaum wrote for “Central Station”, by Walter Salles, “Lula, Filho do Brasil” and “O Quatrilho”, both by Fabio Barreto, “Paid”, by Lawrence Lamers, “Blue Eyes”, by José Joffily, “Nise, The Heart of Madness”, by Roberto Berliner, among others. Jaques has played for ten years with Antonio Carlos Jobim, for fourteen years with Caetano Veloso, five with Gilberto Gil and with Egberto Gismonti, three years with Gal Costa, and he has been still playing, for almost thirty years, with Ryuichi Sakamoto. Jaques Morelenbaum’s solo project is called the CelloSam3aTrio, releasing the album "Saudade do Futuro Futuro da Saudade" (Biscoito Fino/Mirante).

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Back to Brazil: Part Three

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

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 A singer who needs no introduction, Eliane Elias sculpts a predictably sensual soundscape on Love Stories (Concord). The nine-track project features a string orchestra and lush arrangements by Rob Mathes, unobtrusive rhythm section chores by a cadre of Brazilian percussionists, and the steady hand of bassist ...

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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Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet: Samba Jazz

Read "Samba Jazz" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Throughout his four decade-plus career, drummer/percussionist/composer Duduka Da Fonseca has successfully bridged the gap between the samba of his native Brazil and jazz, either when performing as the co-leader of Trio da Paz or as a sideman with the likes of pianist Kenny Barron, guitarist/vocalist Antonio Carlos Jobim and bassist Rufus Reid. On this ...


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