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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...

Itaiguara: Awakening

So once again we are presented here with Awakening, an album by a Carioca living in New York, Itaiguara Brandao, and first things first:...

Yuko Ito: O Cantador

Yuko Ito is a patently Japanese name, but when she opens her mouth to sing in Portuguese, you could almost wager that she was...

Amanda Ruzza – This Is What Happened

Amanda Ruzza is one of a whole slew of talented musicians to come out of Brasil in recent years. She is a versatile bassist, a fine composer and a musician with an individual voice that appears to have absorbed...

Carmen Souza – Kachupada

Carmen Souza is the extraordinarily talented vocalist who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, within a Christian family of Cape Verdeans. She has melded her...

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...

Jon Gold – Bossa of Possibility (Blujazz Productions 2012)

Jon Gold is one of the most exciting virtuoso pianists, imaginative composers and original orchestrators in art of two important musical idioms—Brazilian and American. The fact that he melds musical linguistics like that other master who is tucked away in the Northwest, Jovino Santos Neto, shows him to be possessed of an essentially Brazilian soul. And this makes Gold a Brasiliero – a Carioca, when he makes an invisible leap into the sand and surf of Ipanema [...]

Claudio Roditi – Bons Amigos (Resonance Records – 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 [...]
Gilson Schachnik and Mauricio Zottarelli - Mozik

Gilson Schachnik and Mauricio Zottarelli: Mozik

It is amazing how it sometimes takes a foreign adventure to find one’s appreciation for the culture of home territory. Whereas the love of...

Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage – Copacabana (Zoho Music)

How it is possible that Nilson Matta is allowed to fly so under the proverbial radar, with recognition mainly from his peers is one...

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