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Toninho Horta

Toninho Horta is a virtuoso electric and nylon-string guitar player; his music could be defined as (jazz influenced) Brazilian music. He has developed his own very personal style. His compositions are marked by beautiful harmonies and rich melodies often with surprisingly virtuoso right hand grooves. Besides being a strong composer and player, he worked many years as arranger or/and guitarist for many of the biggest stars in the Brazilian pop music scene such as: Elis Regina, Milton Nascimento, Maria Bethania, Joao Bosco, Airto Moreira, Edu Lobo, Nana Caymmi, Flora Purim, Gal Costa, Sergio Mendes, Chico Buarque, Flavio Venturini, Joyce, Johnny Alf, Wagner Tiso, Francis Hime and Beto Guedes (to mention but a few).

His beautiful compositions and original guitar playing has influenced a whole generation of musicians in Brazil


Article: Liner Notes

Raul De Souza: Colors

Read "Raul De Souza: Colors" reviewed by Arnaldo DeSouteiro

Raul De Souza's life can be seen as a one-of-a-kind story. Indeed, it would make a perfect novel or film script. It may not be as big a tragedy as 'Round Midnight or Bird, but it has drama, love, adventure, and great music. Picture this: a poor child grows up in Brazil working as ...


Article: Album Review

Lucas Pino: Covers

Read "Covers" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Covers is a quartet date in which New York-based tenor saxophonist Lucas Pino “covers" half a dozen generally pleasing songs written by his contemporaries, alongside one each by Charlie Parker ("Relaxin' at Camarillo") and Duke Pearson ("New Girl"). Pino's smooth, articulate tenor saxophone is reinforced by guitarist Alex Goodman, bassist Rick Rosato and drummer Allan Mednard. ...


Cartas ao Vento

Label: Taina Music
Released: 2023

Article: Album Review

Marco Postacchini Big Band: One Finger Snap

Read "One Finger Snap" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Radicata nella tradizione del mainstream orchestrale (quella di Count Basie, Gerald Wilson e Thad Jones in particolare) la big band di Marco Postacchini è un'ottima “Swing Machine" che presenta in questo disco un variegato repertorio che spazia da composizioni di Herbie Hancock ("One Finger Snap") a Steve Swallow ("Eiderdown"), si tinge di colori latini (Antonio Carlos ...


Article: Album Review

Claudia Villela: Cartas ao Vento

Read "Cartas ao Vento" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Cartas ao Vento marks a return and a departure for Claudia Villela. Born in Rio, she moved to jny:Santa Cruz in 1984, where she has remained. Years later, this is her first album made in Brazil. Villela has gained recognition in California and beyond as an intrepid improviser with a beautiful voice who creates captivating live ...


Article: Liner Notes

Seamus Blake: Bellwether

Read "Seamus Blake: Bellwether" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The music speaks for itself. This timeworn axiom has often served as a suggestion that there's an intangible aspect to music's universal language that is somehow beyond mere words. In some cases this may be true, but on the other hand, this outlook has occasionally in the past served as a viable excuse for justifying music ...


Article: Album Review

Aubrey Johnson & Randy Ingram: Play Favorites

Read "Play Favorites" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

At its best, the pairing of piano and voice can create special chemistry, as in the cases of Ran Blake and Dominique Eade or Bill Evans and Tony Bennett. The combination of Randy Ingram's piano and Aubrey Johnson's voice is in the same class on this album. The two musicians exude a sense of familiarity and ...


Article: Live Review

Toninho Horta al Palazzo Fatta di Palermo

Read "Toninho Horta al Palazzo Fatta di Palermo" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Toninho Horta Tatum Art Summer Jazz Palazzo Fatta Palermo 6.7.2022 Non è un Brasile da cartolina quello proposto dal settantatreenne chitarrista di Belo Horizonte, che appartiene a quella ristretta categoria di musicisti per i quali la musica è sinonimo di poesia. Il suo policromo mondo espressivo dispiega melodie lunghe e ...


Article: Rising Stars

Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos

Read "Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine.The winners of the New Jersey Jazz Society's new Juried Scholarship Competition are:$1,000 prize for PerformanceTrumpeter Liam Sutcliffe, Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Studies Program$1,000 prize for Composition Vocalist Jimmy Waltman, Princeton University Program in Jazz Studies$500 prize ...


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