Os Clavelitos – Arriving

 Os Clavelitos’ debut album “Arriving” sets English lyrics over traditional Brazilian rhythms; weaving in diverse, often folkloric, stylistic strands. The NYC-based six piece ensemble, with members from Brazil, Japan, and the U.S., perform original compositions referencing a variety of...

Curtis Stigers – One More For the Road

Jazz-rooted former pop singer Curtis Stigers has made a fine homage to Frank Sinatra’s 1966 Sinatra at the Sands album with Count Basie’s orchestra, recorded live as the original was. Stigers is much more gruff and rugged than a smoothie like Michael Bublé, as hip in his timing as Kurt Elling, if not as...

Audrey Silver – Very Early

There’s immediate comfort in encountering Audrey Silver’s music for the first time. Her voice is an open invitation, an instrument of confession and creation that immediately transports you to someplace else. That’s evident from her first utterances through her last words on Very Early. In...

Dorian Devins – Two New Releases

New York centered jazz singer and lyricist Dorian Devins first rocked my sensitive Southern Consciousness in 2013 with the release of The Procrastinator (Rain1 Jazz). Devins marked a return to that jazz step-child, vocalese: the application of lyrics to well-known wordless jazz compositions. The recording...

VSOJAZ 08/27/16 (The Brazilian Side)

VSOJAZ 08/27/16 (The Brazilian Side) Name Time Album Artist 1 Song Of The Jet 3:21 So Many Stars Jackie Cain 2 Rosa Morena 3:28 Bossa Amazônica Dina Blade 3 Garota de Ipanema 6:33 Lado B Brazilian Project Catina DeLuna & Otmaro Ruiz 4 Carinhoso 5:19 Concerto para Pixinguinha Vânia Bastos & Marcos...

Symphony In Bossa By Minas

Philadelphia-based husband and wife duo Minas, comprised of guitarist/vocalist/composer Orlando Haddad and pianist/vocalist/composer Patricia King, have performed together over the past three decades in a variety of formats ranging from duo to ensemble to orchestra and big band. Haddad and King have combined...

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