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Ao Vivo by Yamandú Costa

The influence of Brazilian musicians on jazz has been so pervasive that Brazilian Jazz is now a category of its own. However, there are still not too many jazz stations playing Brazilian recordings of Brazilian musicians playing purely Brazilian recorded music in Brazil. This would be a good place to start.

This recording features 23 year old Brazilian phenom, Yamandú Costa, virtuoso of the seven string guitar, recorded live, in concert, over two days last September. Accompanied by just electric bass and drums, Costa gives a bravura performance of original material by Brazilian composers such as Baden Powell, Caetano Veloso, Mariano Mores, Dilermando Reis and Radames Gnattali, plus the Django Reinhardt standard Nuages and Costa's own Samba Meu.

Costa is a true virtuoso, attacking the guitar with highly percussive, Flamenco-like attack in places, a delicate touch in other, and a passionate romanticism throughout. It is hard to know if Costa would consider this Brazilian jazz or simply Brazilian music. According to his bio, he grew up immersed in "folkloric music from the south of Brazil, from Argentina and Uruguay." Then, from the age of 17, he began a more systematic exploration of major Brazilian composers; on the evidence of this recording, it is a search that is beginning to bear fruit. Now, as his publicity material puts it, "Yamandú plays chorro, bossa nova and more, but he is also a gaúcho filled with milangas, tangos, zambas and chamamés." I am not expert enough in Brazilian genres to identify these performances, but hearing them has inspired me to go and research it more thoroughly. So watch this space. In the meantime, if you have any interest in Brazilian music, try to get hold of this recording. This is the real thing!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Yamandú Costa
  • CD Title: Ao Vivo
  • Genre: Brazilian Jazz / Brazilian Pop Jazz
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Produçâo Independente
  • Tracks: Valsa No. 1, O Bem E O Mal, Vou Deitar E Rolar, Tareco No. 1., Sampa, Taquito Militar, Disparada, Nuages, Samba Meu, Uma Valsa E Dois Amores, Conversa De Botequim, Brasiliana No. 13, (Bonus) Making Of Da Gravaçâo Ao Vivo
  • Musicians: Yamandú Costa - seven-string acoustic guitar, Thiago Do Espírito Santo - electric bass, Edu Ribeiro - drums
  • Rating: Five Stars
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