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Chiara Civello: Last Quarter Moon

On her American debut, Italian chanteuse Chiara Civello sounds as if she spent her formative years in Rio rather than Rome. That’s not just because her ensemble includes vocalist Daniel Jobim-grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim-and drummer Paulo Braga. On tracks such as Rosa Passos’ “Outono” and a suitably dreamy cover of Suzanne Vega’s “Caramel,” the … Read More “Chiara Civello: Last Quarter Moon”

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Soweto Blues: Jazz, Popular Music & Politics in South Africa by Gwen Ansell

As guitarist Ray Chikapa Phiri states in reference to the anti-apartheid struggle, “The music won”-eventually. Broadcaster, producer and author Gwen Ansell not only provides a great overview of that victorious struggle but also peels away the white-and-black curtains to show a society as diverse (ethnically and musically) as any on earth. As to be expected … Read More “Soweto Blues: Jazz, Popular Music & Politics in South Africa by Gwen Ansell”

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Conrad Herwig: Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis

Trombonist Conrad Herwig established both his serious interest and major credentials in reinterpreting classic jazz with 1996’s Grammy-nominated The Latin Side of John Coltrane. With Another Kind of Blue, he scales the monolith again, this time reworking Miles Davis’ 1959 masterwork. For this live date (recorded at New York’s Blue Note), he assembled a team … Read More “Conrad Herwig: Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis”

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