Finas Misturas is Portuguese for fine mixtures or delicate mixtures, a suitable title for Antonio Adolfo new release. Finas Misturas combines Antonio Adolfo outstanding, lyrical compositions with a nice selection of jazz standards. The album...
It is never easy to record repertory music, especially when it is so familiar because of the personality and character of the composers who are associated, but there have been some noteworthy successes in the...
Most fans, even aficionados of contemporary music, still only vaguely know the great trumpeter Claudio Roditi as the “Brazilian who joined Arturo Sandoval in Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra”. It is a pity that Roditi’s musical reputation rests on so narrow a spectrum in his enormous musical career. Few know, for instance, that Roditi was one of the first Brazilian musicians to relocate in the United States of America: in 1970 as a matter of fact [...]
Antonio Adolfo grew up in a musical family in Rio de Janeiro (his mother was a violinist in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra), and began his studies at the age of seven. At seventeen he was already a professional musician. His teachers include Eumir Deodato and the great Nadia Boulanger in Paris. During the 60's he led his own trio and toured with singers Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento. Adolfo wrote tunes that gained great success and have [...]
Superb technical skills, musical vision and inspired playing go hand in hand on this new CD by Cuban flautist virtuoso Orlando Valle, better known as Maraca. Recorded live in concert at the Grand Theater of Havana on January 2010, "Reencuentro" is a real treat, not only because of the great artists who joined "Maraca" on this project, the excellent arrangements and compositions included, but because it comes with a DVD that allows you to participate [...]
Jukebox - August 2010 Playlist: Alex Brown, Antonio Adolfo & Carol Saboya, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Carcassés, El Movimiento, Chris Washburne, Claudio Roditi, Federico Britos, Hamilton de Holanda, Hector Martignon, Kenia, Mark Weinstein, Omar Sosa, Samuel Torres, Pedro Bermudez, Paul Austerlitz, Steve Pouchie, Trio Esperança, Nando Michelin, Ricardo Silveira [...]
As the world continues to awake to the rising tide of undiscovered music and musicians from the South American paradigm—in an almost ironic kind of reversal of Alejo Carpentier’s voyage of musical discovery in Los Pasos Perdidos (E.D.I.A.P.S.A, 1953) or to the English-speaking world The Lost Steps (Alfred Knopf, 1956, Univ. of Minnesota, 2001)—the Cuban violinist Federico Britos celebrates five decades in the lonely and all but forgotten [...]
Although Antonio Adolfo makes a point to explain his singular style as an amalgam of a very personal style with a distinct infusion of Brazilian phrasing, this may not be necessary at all. Adolfo’s sweeping, symphonic pianistic style and the immaculate sense of swagger is highly recognizable. His virtuoso piano playing echoes with the offbeat of the samba, the irreverent rattle of maracatu and flights of fanciful capoeira. These he incorporates into his often [...]