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Jovino Santos Neto: Alma do Nordeste

Latin Grammy nominee, multi-instrumentalist and Rio-born composer Jovino Santos Neto explores the richness of his northeastern Brazilian ancestry with his latest offering Alma do Nordeste, a joyous collection of regional sounds inspired by the 1936 book (of the same title) written by C. Nery Camello. Neto spent time in 2007 researching Brazil’s northeastern region and turned his fascination into a tapestry of original works dedicated to the birthplace of his grandparents. Featuring the lovely accordion work of Toninho Ferragutti along with Carlos Malta, Marcelo Martins and Eduardo Neves (woodwinds), Marcio Bahia (drums), Dudu Lima (bass) and Gabriel Grossi (harmonica), Alma do Nordeste fuses the northeastern rhythms of baião, xote, forró and others with Neto’s characteristically modern harmony and orchestration, displaying the expert musicianship and camaraderie he obviously shares with his fellow compatriots.

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