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Label Watch: Malandro Records

L to R: Mike and Rick Warm of Malandro Records

Malandro Records president Rick Warm has found a cozy niche in Brazilian jazz, the seeds of which began in 1990 while he was in Brazil doing a college internship in international business. During those nine months, Warm pursued Brazilian music in his leisure time and learned to fluently speak the Portuguese language.

“I met Rick [Udler, the first musician Warm recorded] and, although I liked the music before then I didn’t know much about it,” says Warm. “I started getting really heavily into the music and returned every subsequent year to hang out with friends and get my music fix for the year.”A pianist-guitarist enamored of Brazilian music and jazz since he was a teenager who first heard Milton Nascimento and other artists on Cincinnati radio stations, Warm was impressed by these gifted musicians who were struggling to get recorded in Brazil. Eventually, he consolidated his business expertise with his passion for music and started his own company.

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