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Vinicius De Moraes

Vinicius de Moraes, nicknamed O Poetinha (the little poet), born Marcus Vinicius da Cruz de Mello Moraes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of his parents, Lydia Cruz de Moraes and Clodoaldo Pereira da Silva Moraes, Vinicius was a seminal figure in contemporary Brazilian music. As a poet, he wrote lyrics for a great number of songs that became all-time classics. He was also a composer of Bossa nova, a playwright, a diplomat and, as an interpreter of his own songs, he left several important albums. From a musical family, Vinicius began writing poetry early in life. At the age of 14, he became friends with the brothers Paulo and Haroldo Tapajós, and with the latter composed "Loura ou Morena", his first song

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Take Five with Daniela Soledade

Read "Take Five with Daniela Soledade" reviewed by Daniela Soledade

Meet Daniela Soledade Daniela Soledade may initially seem like a fresh name in Brazilian music, but the vocalist's impact immediately strikes a chord as encountered on her debut album, A Moment of You (Blue Line Music Records, 2019). A carefully curated set of Bossa Nova gems (while dodging the most obvious choices), Brazilian-ized standards and original ...

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Eliane Elias: For The Love of Jazz

Read "Eliane Elias: For The Love of Jazz" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Grammy award winner. Child prodigy. Internationally renowned artist. Sophisticated and improvisational jazz pianist. A vocalist of style and grace. A woman of beauty and integrity. Yes, I am speaking of Brazil's gift to the jazz world, Eliane Elias. To be so fortunate to recently speak with this remarkable woman was a treat and memorable moment in ...

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Daniela Soledade, Vocalist With Deep Roots In Traditional Brazilian Music, Will Release Her Debut Album, A Moment Of You, On September 6

Daniela Soledade, Vocalist With Deep Roots In Traditional Brazilian Music, Will Release Her Debut Album, A Moment Of You, On September 6

Daniela Soledade may initially seem like a fresh name in Brazilian music, but the vocalist’s impact immediately strikes a chord as encountered on her debut album, A Moment of You (Blue Line Music Records, 2019). A carefully curated set of Bossa Nova gems (while dodging the most obvious choices), Brazilian-ized standards and original songs, created in ...

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Ricardo Bacelar’s new CD, "Concerto para Moviola," captures an exciting live performance by the dynamic Brazilian Pianist/Composer/Arranger

Ricardo Bacelar’s new CD, "Concerto para Moviola," captures an exciting live performance by the dynamic Brazilian Pianist/Composer/Arranger

Concerto para Moviola, the new CD from Brazilian pianist, composer, and arranger Ricardo Bacelar, puts jazz fusion of the 1970s and 1980s in the spotlight with tunes by Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Yellowjackets, Antonio Carlos Jobim and other greats. The new recording documents a performance specially produced for the traditional Guaramiranga Jazz and Blues Festival, held ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Notti di Fado a Lisbona: Carminho, José Manuel Neto, Ana Moura

Read "Notti di Fado a Lisbona: Carminho, José Manuel Neto, Ana Moura" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Carminho, José Manuel Neto, Ana Moura Fado no Castelo Castelo de Sao Jorge Lisbona 16-18.06.2016 Il castello di São Jorge, sulla collina che domina Lisbona e il Tejo, è uno dei luoghi più suggestivi d'Europa ma diventa indimenticabile quando ospita un festival di per sé speciale come “Fado no ...

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Hans Olding & Sigurdur Flosason: Projeto Brasil!

Read "Projeto Brasil!" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Projeto Brasil!, from saxophonist/flutist Sigurdur Flosason and guitarist Hans Olding, when compared to the authentic and stunningly beautiful Porto da Madama, seems rather tame. But, one cannot fault a project for not being what it cannot be, and never tried to be. What Flosason and Olding have created is a tribute to the music ...

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Leny Andrade, Roni Ben-Hur: Alegria de Viver

Read "Alegria de Viver" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tra le voci storiche della musica brasiliana, Leny Andrade è una delle meno note al pubblico internazionale. Eppure è tra le massime interpreti della musica sudamericana e lo conferma -all'età di 72 anni -in questo ultimo album, registrato in duo col chitarrista Roni Ben-Hur. Sorretta da un timbro dalla venatura polverosa, che negli anni ha aggiunto ...

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Hans Olding & Sigurdur Flosason: Projeto Brasil!

Read "Projeto Brasil!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The bossa nova, samba and popular Brazilian music of the 60s and 70s are the main theme on Projeto Brasil!, a stylish collaboration from Swedish guitarist/composer Hans Olding and Icelandic saxophonist Sigurdur Flosason as the duo pay tribute to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento and Vinicius de Moraes. The two co-leaders provide innovative ...

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Federico Britos: Hot Club of the Americas

Read "Hot Club of the Americas" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Violinist extraordinaire Federico Britos originally from Montevideo, Uruguay and affectionately referred to by his close friends as “Federico the Uruguayan"--state's one of his closest colleagues, Paquito D'Rivera--has always had a particular affinity for the music of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the renowned Hot Club of France. Britos pays tribute to the music of that era ...


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