Posts Tagged ‘ Samba ’

Al Daniels – Brasiliana

Brasiliana – of or pertaining to mostly all things Brazilian. The music contained on this disk is not exclusively Brazilian in style and rhythms. There are selections that have variations of Brazilian styles and borrowed elements from other Latin American tempos and rhythms, as well as Jazz. But as the title suggests this album is about ‘mostly all things Brazilian.’ You will most definitely hear Sambas and Bossa Nova!

Ever since his early piano days of learning the requisite Jazz tunes, Al Daniels have been drawn to the music of Brazil, in all forms. But especially Sambas and Bossa Nova. The lilting rhythms and gentle guitar backgrounds were irresistible foundations for the melodies of Jobim, BolaSete, and Sergio Mendez. They were the models for the musical expressions you hear in these tunes. And, it is his hope that the listener will find in these tracks a unique approach to this category of Latin Jazz. This project began in January 2017 at Dennis Moody’s Studio, Los Angeles, California with the help of musicians and technical assistants to whom Al owe his sincerest gratitude.

Buy the album at Al Daniels’ website.

Renato Rocketh – Noite Carioca

Based in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil bassist, singer and composer Renato Rocketh can look at a solid career in his country. In 2014 he visited Italy, especially the Salento region in Puglia. Puglia, a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s “boot,” is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline.

Noite Carioca, released in 2017 on AlfaMusic, is dedicated to the beauty of Italy. Bassist Renato is accompanied on selected tracks by Valerie Lu (vocals), Alberto Barreira (sax, flute), Heber Ribeiro, Kiko Continentino (piano), Roberto Alemao, Renato Massa (drums), Felipe Tauil (percussion). Renato has made all arrangements, bass and vocals. He has also composed all songs with the exception of Ela Sabe Sambar, which he has written together with Fernando Hungria.

The album opens with the usual greeting as known in Italy. Buongiorno presents Alberto Barreira’s unadulterated sloping saxophone insertion, Renato’s deep sonorous sounding upright bass and Ribeiro’s keyboard accompaniment.

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Russ Hewitt – Cielo Nocturno

Guitar virtuoso Russ Hewitt describes his style as smooth jazz, Nuevo Flamenco and Latin World music. He counts the albums Bajo el Sol (2008) and Alma Vieja (2011) to his credits. His new album Cielo Nocturno (2016) already garnered rave reviews.

Guest musicians on this album are Larry Carlton, Ardeshir Farah and Alfredo Caceres (guitars), Bob Parr (bass, keyboards), Raphael Padilla (percussion), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (drums) and Wladimir Kaliazine (accordion).

A colorful bunch of musicians, a motley crew of styles. All songs are composed by Russ, no cover in sight. The album starts with Presidio, a Latin tinged song with a strong shot of joie de vivre. A catchy melody brilliantly presented.

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Alan Weisman – Liminality

Inspired by a 2004 trip to Brazil where he witnessed the spectacular nighttime street drummers in Salvador de Bahia, Alan Weisman has brought together some of L.A.’s hottest musicians from Brazil, Sri Lanka, New York city, Massachusetts, and California. The disc features 11 vibrant tracks ranging from tight, hybrid grooves to chill and reflective textures. The guitar seems to float over the rhythm tracks creating a soulful and relaxing atmosphere.

Long a fan of Brazilian culture, the project represents the culmination of a dream that began when Alan sat transfixed by the sounds and images of the classic 1959 film, Black Orpheus. “I felt the passion and soul of the Brazilian heart and song when I saw that film, so you can imagine how happy I am to now have a recording that features Carlinhos “Pandeiro de Ouro” who actually appeared as the musical child star of that movie.”

In addition to Carlinhos on percussion, other notable guest musicians on the CD include: Hussain Jiffry on bass who has played with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Sergio Mendes and Chaka Khan; Jimi Macon on guitars has played with James Brown, Sly Stone, Natalie Cole, Kool & the Gang, and The Gap Band; Rebecca Kleinmann, flute and vocals has played with Airto and Hermeto Pascal; Fabiano Nascimento plays 6 and 7 string guitars; Angel Short sings lead vocals and Annie Livingstone sings background vocals; Pablo Fagundes plays harmonica.

For Mr. Weisman, this first solo project follows work composing soundtracks for programs on PBS, as well as session work in Los Angeles for television. His production skills were sharpened working in Dave Grusin’s studio at GRP records on eleven of their releases. In addition to drums, he also performs on acoustic guitar, piano, and steel drum. The resulting blend offers a musical story book of several styles seamlessly blending together from Funk, Sambas, Bossa Novas to sultry and poignant ballads.

There is a lot of power that comes from this fresh new all original music. One tune, has lyrics that will open your eyes, heart and mind as the melody unfolds. Check the web site www.liminality.net for more information on the release and to hear samples of each song. Premiere CD Liminality from Los Angeles based multi‐instrumentalist, composer, producer, arranger, engineer, Alan Weisman, is now available.