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Dan Costa: “Love Dance” with Ivan Lins

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The pianist Dan Costa, who has distinguished himself with several recordings including a critically acclaimed album, Skyness (2018) has released what promises to be his most eloquent song yet: this, of course, “Love Dance”, a song composed by the iconic Brasilian musician Ivan Lins, written together with Gilson Peranzzetta, Vitor Martins and Paul Williams. The song, written in 1980, was first recorded by George Benson in 1981 before Mr Lins released his own version. Since then it has become one of the most recorded songs in contemporary music and has been covered by Sarah Vaughan, Barbra Streisand, and Diane Schuur, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson and other singers.

And now, Mr Lins – one of the most decorated Brasilian artists, the only Portuguese-language artist to be awarded the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year (2005) – joins Dan Costa in what is perhaps the most intimate version of “Love Dance”. The duet means much to both musicians, who live in opposite ends of the world but whose countries have both been hit hard by the pandemic of 2020. Mr Costa, born in London (UK) to an Italian and Portuguese family,  has a message for everyone who has been affected by being deprived of socializing with even close family. He opines that the unique message of their version of Mr Lins’ special song is clear: “I believe that this is a message of love and happiness for the world, in a complex historical moment…”

Based in Milton, Ontario, Canada, Raul is a poet, musician and an accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep understanding of music, technically as well as historically.

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Grant Richards’ Live Performance of “Ballyhoo”

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Grant Richards

Grant Richards – a pianist deeply immersed in bebop and the blues – leads his music in a bold
and emergent new direction with Ballyhoo, an Afro-Cuban celebration of a previously unspoken
dream, finally realized in a tangible elation of musicianship, culture, and unbridled wonder.
Richards, like the great jazz composers throughout history, wrote the music on Ballyhoo not for
generic instruments, but for the specific and unique musical personalities of the musicians in his
ensemble.

Ballyhoo is the title track from my new album, my first excursion into Latin jazz, combining
many elements that get me out of my comfort zone like intricate grooves, odd keys, and the
necessity for precise execution,” Richards shares. “The title implies an excited commotion and
with the crisp performance by my bandmates Damian Erskine, Reinhardt Melz, and Carmelo
Torres
, I think this track embodies the exuberance and playfulness I intended for the project as a
whole.”

Album cover - Grant Richards: Ballyhoo
Album cover – Grant Richards: Ballyhoo

What is Ballyhoo? The word embodies sensation, animation and enthusiasm, and the record at
its core presents all of the same. Ballyhoo was released on September 24, 2021.

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