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Béla Bartok Through a Rock Prism

Dialeto – Bartók in Rock (Chromatic Music CMCD 001, 2017)

Brazilian band Dialeto has adapted well known classic pieces by Béla Bartok and has transformed them into progressive rock pieces. Bartok’s original pieces were inspired by Bulgarian rhythms and Romanian folk dances. Dialeto, from Sao Paulo, added complex, highly creative instrumental rock, heavy blues and improvisation.

This mix of progressive rock with folk-rooted traditions works really well. Bartók in Rock also features a high profile guest, violinist, David Cross (King Crimson) on one piece.

The lineup includes Nelson Coelho on guitar; Gabriel Costa on bass; and Fred Barley on drums plus David Cross on violin.

Bartók in Rock is a deeply intense and beautifully-arranged prog rock album inspired by Béla Bartok.

Buy the digital download version of Bartók in Rock or get the CD from dialeto.bandcamp.com

Azymuth Rises Again

Azymuth – Fênix

Azymuth – Fênix (Far Out Recordings FARO 194CD, 2016)

Fênix is the new studio album by a renowned Brazilian band named Azymuth that has been around for many years. The trio is known for mixing contemporary jazz with bossa nova, samba, funk, disco and electronics

The band’s keyboard virtuoso, José Roberto Bertrami passed away in 2012 so the other two original members, percussionists Ivan Conti and bassist Alex Malheiros, are currently leading Azymuth.

Although Brazil has produced numerous high quality jazz and fusion acts, Azymuth has instant appeal for an audience seeking Brazilian jazz with familiar influences. The highlights are the funk jazz opening track “Villa Mariana (de tarde)” that features tasty synth solos by keyboardist Kiko Continentino, and the title track, where Azymuth adds familiar disco bass; the lively “Papa Samba”, and the percussion rich “Corumbá”.

Overall, the album has a smooth jazz sensibility that will satisfy fans of this genre.

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Acclaimed Fusion Band Azymuth Announces European Tour


Azymuth, one of the most successful jazz-rock fusion bands from South Ameruica, will be touring in October and November 2016. The group will be presenting its new album titled Fênix.

With Fênix, its first album in five years, Azymuth recreated the energy of the enthralling 1970s sessions that made the band so popular.

Since the passing of keyboard master Jose Roberto Bertrami in 2012, remaining members Ivan Conti (right) and Alex Malheiros (left) have kept the spirit of Azymuth alive. Fênix initiates a new era as the Azymuth trio is complete once again, featuring guest keyboardist Kiko Continentino. A gifted pianist, composer and arranger, Kiko has worked with Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil and Djavan. The album also features Brazilian percussion legend Robertinho Silva.

Fênix European Tour Dates 2016

Oct 28 – Sigurdsgarde, Copenhagen
Oct 29 – Nefertiti, Gothenburg
Nov 02 – Bix, Stuttgart
Nov 03 – Domicil, Dortmund
Nov 04 – Badehaus, Berlin
Nov 05 – Kalif Storch, Erfurt tbc
Nov 06 – Stadtgarten, Cologne
Nov 09 – Jazzpodium, Dordrecht tbc
Nov 10 – Bird, Rotterdam
Nov 11 – North Sea Jazz, Amsterdam
Nov 12 – Le Sucre, Lyon tbc
Nov 14 – Teatro del Gatto, Ascona
Nov 15 – Bravo Caffè, Bologna
Nov 18 – Hideaway, London
Nov 19 – Hideaway, London
Nov 21 – Bayerischer Hof, Munich tbc

The Remarkable Sounds of Taubkin, Sou and Kastrup

Benjamin Taubkin, Simone Sou and Guilherme Kastrup – Sounds of Life (Adventure Music, 2015)

These three musicians create a remarkable combination of jazz, contemporary acoustic, electronic and world music sounds. Percussionists Simone Sou and Guilherme Kastrup admired the work of pianist and composer Benjamin Taubkin and eventually met to work together on a new project. Sounds of Life is the result of this extraordinary collaboration.

The three musicians play piano and acoustic percussion instruments, along with keyboards, samplers and effects, in a tribute to the indigenous peoples of Brazil and Congo.

Sounds of Life captures the restless spirit of three talented musicians who deliver a fascinating mix of piano, world music samples and global percussion.

Buy Sounds of Life in the Americas

Buy Sounds of Life in Europe