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Severino (Sivuca) Dias de Oliveira was a Brazilian accordionist and guitarist. In addition to in his home state of Paraíba, in Recife, and in Rio de Janeiro, he worked and lived in Paris, Lisbon, and New York on and off throughout his life. He is best known internationally for his work with Scandinavian jazz musicians in the 1980s. His most famous songs are the Brazilian popular classic João e Maria with lyrics by Chico Buarque and the accordion standard Feira de Mangaio. He is famous for his use of makeshift instruments playing alongside conventional ones and for his versatility, fusing traditional regional styles such as forró and Chorinho with jazz, bossa, classical, and other musical forms. Sivuca and Hermeto Pascoal, both versatile multi-instrumentalists with albinism, have worked together and are sometimes confused with each other. His professional career began in Pernambuco where he went at the age of 15, and continued in his first album with Humberto Teixeira (1950), leading to work in radio and television in Rio de Janeiro from 1955

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Hermeto Pascoal: No Mundo Dos Sons

Read "No Mundo Dos Sons" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

The packaging for the two-CD set from Brazil's Hermeto Pascoal, an 81-year-old multi-instrumentalist, shines of its own accord. Its trifold paper cover, unfolds like a lotus to reveal two CDs and a sleeve containing a large fold-out glossy paper. The insert unfolds to read “Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo," along with the title No Mundo Dos Sons. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Toots Thielemans European Quartet: 90 Years

Read "90 Years" reviewed by Ian Patterson

NEA Jazz Master and harmonica playing legend Toots Thielemans turned 90 in April 2012, and the milestone has been marked by an exhibition, a street-naming in his honor and a couple of releases. The double-CD Yesterdays and Todays (Dreyfus, 2012) contained 37 previously unreleased recordings spanning a remarkable 65 years, from 1946 to 2011. Then in ...

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Pipoka Trio with Sam Huber, Helsinki, Finland, December 7, 2011

Read "Pipoka Trio with Sam Huber, Helsinki, Finland, December 7, 2011" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Pipoka Trio with Sam Huber Rytmihairioklubi Helsinki, Finland December 7, 2011 For a band with a name as simple as it is impenetrable, Pipoka embodies all that is exciting yet daunting in modern Finnish jazz. Its two founding members, accordionist Veli Kujala and guitarist Jarmo Julkinen, have now found a stable ...

Sivuca Enfim Solo

Label: Self Produced
Released: 1997

Crazy Groove

Label: Milan
Released: 1993

Let's Vamos

Label: Young
Released: 1987

Som Brasil

Label: Young
Released: 1985

Ain't No Sunshine

Label: Unknown label
Released: 1984

Vou Vida Afora

Label: Unknown label
Released: 1981


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