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Roger Davidson - Oração para Amanhã

Roger Davidson: Oração para Amanhã

Three things occupy the mind of Roger Davidson: spirituality, the romance of music, and Brasil. This might not necessarily be in that order but...

Gabriel Espinosa: Songs of Bacharach and Manzanero

To Gabriel Espinosa the Mexican-born bassist-turned-vocalist the essence of emotion is nothing if it cannot be transmigrated across the musical topographies that separate North...

Phill Fest: That’s What She Says

The rhythmic intricacies of Brasilian music are just one aspect of that metaphor. Then there is that beautiful concept of a feeling called alegria....

Federico Britos: Hot Club of the Americas

Stories of Stéphane Grappelli meeting anyone in Latin America may be apocryphal but those of Federico Britos doing so are certainly not. Nor is...

Saboya, Adolfo, Meurkens: Copa Village

The concept of a kind of Rio de Janeiro/ New York mash-up—Copa Village—as it is called might not be anything new. Many years ago Antonio Carlos...

Hannah Burgé: Green River Sessions

The act of singing may be described as producing musical sounds with the voice to augment regular speech, by the use of both tonality and rhythm. This would suggest that anyone who could speak can also sing, which might ...

Gabriel Espinosa & Hendrik Meurkens: Samba Little Samba

Hendrik Meurkens and Gabriel Espinosa have established a relationship that seems to allow them to make recordings as if they have known each other...

Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones: Caravan

Trombone choirs are few and far between. Good trombone choirs even less so and great ones almost non-existent. Some of the finest choirs...

Meurkens & Tsiganov: Junity

Hendrik Meurkens has a knack for coining words. It is almost as if he sees the word as part of a lyrical line which...

Masha Campagne – Like Water, Like Air

Masha Campagne has taken a giant leap on the road to establishing herself as a pre-eminent singer with a penchant for sensuous vocalastics with...

Choronto! An evening with Hendrik Meurkens

Hendrik Meurkens is listening to music. His keen ears are multi-tasking as he engages in a conversation with LJN Editor Danilo Navas, who is...

Carol Saboya: Belezas

It is never easy to record repertory music, especially when it is so familiar because of the personality and character of the composers who...

Hendrik Meurkens & Gabriel Espinosa with Anat Cohen & Antonio Sanchez: Celebrando

It is most appropriate for Zoho Music to celebrate their 100th recording with harmonica-player Hendrik Meurkens and, among others, bassist Gabriel Espinosa...

More Noteworthy Recordings of 2011

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 [...]

Hendrik Meurkens: Live at Bird’s Eye

Hendrik Meurkens is, most certainly, one of the greatest musical adventurers from Europe. The harmonica wunderkind who also happens to be a fine vibraphone player seems to have almost singlehandedly rediscovered Brazil decades after Stan Getz and Joe Henderson did almost five decades ago. In doing so Meurkens along with the grandmaster of the harmonica, Toots Thielemans, has cast a refreshing light on Brazilian music [...]

Carlos Barbosa-Lima – Merengue (Zoho Music – 2009)

There is distinct nobility surrounding the virtuosity of the guitarist, Carlos Barbosa-Lima. His South American sojourn, Merengue presents sweeping vistas and myriad emotions described by such technical superiority as only a few musicians have achieved. Unfortunately Barbosa-Lima’s reputation has not kept pace with his magnificent musicianship [...]

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