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Showing posts with label Brazil. Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Celso Salim Band - Mama's Hometown - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Mama's Hometown, by Celso Salim Band and it's cool, soulful blues. Opening with Mad Dog, a super track with a cool New Orleans style rhythm and nice "Allmanesque" slide work by Salim to support Rafael Cury on lead vocal. Great opener. Chicago styling plays up on Locked Out In Misery featuring Darryl Carriere on harp and backed by Mike Hoghtower on bass and Lynn Coulter on drums has nice articulate guitar riffs throughout by Salim. Up tempo boogie rocker, Let It Burn, has a really nice feel, with Dave Fraiser on keys and solid slide playing by Salim and cool vocals by Salim, Cury, Fraiser, Hightower and Coulter. Blues ballad, No Need To Be Alone has a strong melody and vocal making it a strong radio contender and fine guitar work giving it real strength with the blues crowd. Very nice. Title track, Mama's Hometown, has a slinky feel and nicely blended vocal melodies, floating on an easy bottom with the soft feel of dobro slide. Very nice. Salim closes the release with traditional blues, In My Time of Dying, featuring his dobro and vocal. This is a really nice release with a lot of texture.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Brazilian Blues Guitarist Celso Salim to Release New CD Sept 28th


BRAZILIAN BLUES ARTIST CELSO SALIM



TO RELEASE NEW CD ON SEPTEMBER 28TH


Mama’s Hometown is a magical, musical place where everyone is welcome! Blues Music



The Celso Salim Band presents a new sound rooted in the blues past, crossing genre boundaries while creating something that is original and compelling. Their music takes on many styles mixing deep blues with hints of soul, country, jazz and rock.



Brazilian guitarist Celso Salim had his first contact with the guitar when he was six years old. At the age of 12 the talented young musician started to listen to his first Blues records, which changed his life forever. Since then Celso knew what he wanted to be, a Blues guitarist. For years he studied guitar hours each day, learning from old records by artists such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, BB King, and Johnny Winter. A little later he began listening to 60’s & 70’s artists like the Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. At age 17, Celso moved to the US for the first time, spending 3 years studying music and performing live shows. During this period he was exposed to other genres like Soul, Jazz, Folk and Country. This time would later have great influence on Celso’s music.



In Brazil, Celso has built a solid fan base, releasing 5 solo albums since 2001 and is considered to be one of the best guitarists in the country. He has also toured and recorded with prominent artists in the Brazilian Blues/Rock scene. Frequently featured among top Brazilian acts, Celso has performed at it's biggest festivals and venues. He has toured Europe and opened for legendary artist B. B. King as well as Deep Purple and John Hammond. He has also toured with bluesman Larry McCray and performed with blues legends Magic Slim and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (Muddy Waters drummer).



Celso re-located to Los Angeles in 2014 becoming one of the busiest and most respected guitarists in Southern California. The Celso Salim Band has won the Southern California Blues Society Battle of the Bands twice (2015 & 2017) and were semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge 2018 in Memphis, TN.They have also opened for renowned artists Canned Heat, Kim Wilson and Larry McCray, performing at large venues all over Southern California.



The Celso Salim Band has won five Independent Music Awards in these categories: Blues Song (2008), Blues Album (2015), Jazz with vocals Song (2015), Funk/Fusion/Jam Song (2017) and R&B/Soul song (2018). Their last album, To The End Of Time (2014), received great reviews from major publications in the U.S. and around the world such as Blues Matters! (UK), Blues Blast Magazine (USA), Blues Time (Italy) and Jefferson Blues Magazine (Sweeden).



The band features Brazilian singer Rafael Cury on lead vocals. Mike Hightower: bass/harmony vocals, Lynn Coulter: drums/harmony vocals, Max Butler: keyboards and Celso Salim: guitars/dobro/lead vocals.



Mama’s Hometown will be released on Wide Tracks Records on Sept 28,2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Artur Menezes - Keep Pushing - New release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Keep Pushing, from Artur Menezes and it's quite good. Opening with radio track, Now's The Time, Artur Menezes delivers a smooth R&B track with warm horn saturation, highlighted by melodic BB King like guitar riffs. Nice opener. Title track, Keep Pushing, has a real nice feel with fluid guitar runs by Menezes, a solid bottom by Daniel Aged on bass, Gary Novak on drums, Carey Frank on keys and solid horn work by Jamelle Adisa on trumpet and Dan Bosley on sax. Come With Me is a lumbering blues rocker that really gives Menezes a great floor for his vocals and with a thick underbelly, his vibrant guitar riffs are smoking hot. Excellent track. Slow blues number, Any Day, Anytime has strong blues bones along the lines of a Freddie King number. Menezes keeps coming on stronger and stronger with his soulful vocals and crisp guitar work. his phrasing is intuitive and inspired. Excellent! Funky, Should Have Never Left has a strong balance of bass, drums and horns, underlaid by organ by Frank and Menezes' guitar playing is nothing short of super. Jump blues number, Love 'n' Roll gives Menezes a great opportunity to show his best "Gatemouth" Brown styling and again, he is tops. With trumpet punctuation by Adisa, this track rocks. Shuffle track, Give My Money Back has great pace and flow. Menezes gets in a really nice groove on this one and just rides. Very nice. Slowing way down for a soulful jazz ballad, Can't Get You Out Of My Mind, Menezes conjures up the sound of 50's jazz club with smooth vocals, muted trumpet of Adisa and his own lush guitar chords, breaking into George Benson like runs. Very nice. Wrapping the release is 'Til The Day I Die, shifting gears one more time to a contemporary rocker. Moving midsong to a heavy bottomed rocker, reinforced by Aged and Novak, Menezes shows that he understands how far blues roots extends and really kicks it with flashy heavy riffs. Excellent closer!



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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Shining Stone Records: Nuno Mindelis Featuring the Duke Robillard Band - Angels & Clowns - New Release Review

I just received a copy of the newest release from Nuno Mindelis, Angels & Clowns featuring the Duke Robillard Band and Sunny Crownover. Opening with It's All About Love, a blues laced pop track, Mindelis is nicely complimented vocally by Sunny Crownover. With simple blues riffs and a nice hook and melody, this is a track that could easily hit the airwaves hard. It's Only A Dream is a straight up rocker along the lines of a Glenn Frey track with a twist of Dire Straits. The title track, Angels & Clowns actually has the melodic sound of a Jimi Hendrix composition but as executed by Steve Winwood. Very interesting. Miss Louise has an easy going bluesy sound with a clever key solo and a well executed guitar solo as well. Hellhound has a funky jazz rhythm and some pretty strong guitar riffs laid down on a cleanly executed bed of drums (Mark Teixeira), keys (Bruce Bears) and bass(Brad Hallen). 27th Day is one of my favorite tracks having an unusual melody and instrumentation compliment. Mindelis plays clean melodic guitar runs to compliment  a really nice song. Perfect Blues has a familiar sound with riffs almost like Stevie Ray Vaughn turned inside out. Bears and Hallen really come on this track driving Mindelis into some really nice space. Instrumental Tom Plaisir features a really cool guitar lead melody. With only the simplistic of carrier notes from the band, Mindelis plays a really sweet track. On Blues In My Cabin, a standard 12 bar number, Mindelis sounds quite a bit like Clapton with smooth vocals and ringing guitar riffs. Happy Guy has a full on R&B style with a laid back JJ Cale feel. Country style picking is featured on this track showing the versatility of Mindelis' playing. Wrapping the release is instrumental jam Jazz Breakfast at Lakewest. it's a short break but demonstrates how tight thise guys can be when they want. Very cool.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Luiz Rocha

Vivendo única e exclusivamente de suas atividades com a harmônica de boca, tais como shows e aulas, Luiz Rocha também comercializa seu próprio método de gaita. Seus dez anos de estrada e seis de carreira solo, renderam-lhe o mérito de gaitista referência na Bahia. Com um CD lançado essencialmente de blues rock – o álbum Pise Fundo - Luiz também soma com sua gaita em shows e gravações de artistas dos mais variados gêneros musicais. Seja do Pop ao Reggae, do Forró ao Samba ou do Sertanejo à Moda de Viola, ele desfaz a falsa impressão de que o instrumento é restrito ao blues e outros rítmos americanos. Autodidata, Luiz ingressou na música ao violão no final dos anos 90. Inspirado no Country Music do cantor-norte americano Alan Jackson, tocou em bares e integrou bandas do gênero como Os Mustangs e Winchesters, sempre como backing vocal e violonista base. Mas foi após ouvir a canção “Walkin’ With Snooky” (Snooky Pryor) em 2001 que se interessou mais pela gaita, se identificando muito com o Blues, principalmente após ouvir a banda Blues Etílicos (Flávio Guimarães). Desde então decidiu explorar a sonoridade do instrumento, inserindo-o com mais frequência em seu repertório e procurando conhecer outros gaitistas mais experientes como Yberê Camargo, que no final de 2003, lhe ensinou a amplificar o som da gaita. Através de Yberê, Luiz passou a ouvir os grandes mestres da gaita blues de Chicago desde os veteranos Little Walter, James Cotton, Junior Wells aos mais modernos como Sugar Blue. Foi neste momento que ele passou a investir na carreira de gaitista, acompanhando diversos trabalhos e formando sua primeira banda de blues – Delta Blue – com o guitarrista soul man norte americano Lon Bové. Este último influenciou bastante em seu amadurecimento musical. Paralelamente Luiz acompanhou com violão e gaita, entre 2001 e 2005, ora acústico, ora com banda, o artista country e sertanejo Paulo Raio. Foi praticamente quem o introduziu na rotina de um músico profissional estendendo sua agenda para outros bares, restaurantes, festas de empresas, rodeios e eventos agropecuários em cidades do interior da Bahia e até outros estados, como Ceará e São Paulo. Neste trabalho, em épocas de festas Juninas, por vezes Luiz substituía o sanfoneiro do grupo o que contribuiu para que ele desenvolvesse no “gogó” a rítmica que estes músicos empregam ao fole no movimentar dos braços. Assim Luiz aprendeu a transitar com seu instrumento em ritmos nordestinos. Isso somado ao estudo paralelo de grandes referências da gaita que possuem a percussividade como característica principal no estilo de tocar o levou a desenvolver uma técnica rítmica apurada. Em 2004 Luiz entrou em contato com o gaitista carioca Jefferson Gonçalves que o influenciou a ouvir nomes como Peter Madcat e Sonny Terry, gaitistas essenciais na formação de seu estilo. Além destes três, também estudou a técnica de feras no instrumento como Sugar Blue, Mark Ford, Andy Just e J.J. Milteau, que lhe deram o caminho para a execução de solos mais precisos e melódicos e o inspiram até hoje. Iniciando carreira solo em 2006, tornou-se endorsee da Bends Harmônicas (fábrica de gaitas de São Paulo que infelizmente fechou as portas em 2011), participando três anos consecutivos em shows no stand da marca na Expo Music (SP). Em 2008 lançou Pise Fundo - primeiro álbum de um gaitista soteropolitano - cuja faixa intitulada “Até Ontem” esteve entre as cinco finalistas na categoria “Show do Ano” no prêmio Bahia de Todos os Rocks (Grammy do rock baiano). Sua versatilidade lhe rendeu participações em discos e shows de artistas como Álvaro Assmar, Alex Goes, Paulo Raio, Ivete Sangalo (menu de inicialização do DVD Pode Entrar), Adão Negro e Peter Tosh. Lecionando com método próprio há pouco mais de cinco anos, seu "método em áudio" tonou-se bastante popular entre os principiantes de diversas regiões do país. Sempre interessado em pesquisar sobre a história da gaita e focado em criar formas de dar maior visibilidade ao instrumento que toca, Luiz Rocha percebeu, a partir de constantes visitas às lojas de instrumentos musicais e no convívio com seus alunos e amigos gaitistas, a necessidade de viabilizar um espaço de interesses voltados à difusão do instrumento em Salvador. Assim criou o Papo de Gaita - rede social que congrega fãs da harmônica de boca, promovendo a troca de informações e o fomento à cultura da gaita através de shows, workshops, jams, encontros, criação de sites, blogs e grupos de discussão. Este projeto o levou a renovar o convívio com seu ex-aluno Breno Pádua e conhecer Ramon El-Bachá, integrantes do seu novo grupo musical, o Trio de Gaitas Zona Harmônica.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Máquina de Amar - Alambiques Blues

Banda Formada em 2010, Conta com Gustavo Ribeiro na voz e Guitarra, Helio Puim JR, Wellington Lima no Baixo e Bruno Andrade na bateria. A Banda faz um som que mistura o blues com rock e pitadas de funky music. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Key to the Highway - Suburblues

A SUBURBLUES INTEGRA A NATA DO BLUES BRASILEIRO AO LONGO DA CARREIRA, MARCOU PRESENÇA EM CASAS TRADICIONAIS COMO CIRCO VOADOR, CLARO HALL (ATUAL CITIBANK HALL), OLIMPO, GARDEN HALL E FUNDIÇÃO PROGRESSO. TAMBÉM PARTICIPOU DE PROJETOS HISTÓRICOS COMO "MILLER TIME & BLUES" E O "ENCONTRO NACIONAL DE MOTOCICLISTAS". ATUANTE, FOI DA SUBURBLUES QUE PARTIU A IDÉIA DE LANÇAR O BLUESNEWS, UM JORNAL A SERVIÇO DO BLUES, QUE CONTRIBUIU PARA A INTEGRAÇÃO DO MOVIMENTO ENTRE 1997 E 1998. FOI A PAIXÃO QUE LEVOU ESSES SEIS TALENTOSOS MÚSICOS DO MÉIER, TRADICIONAL REDUTO DO SAMBA CARIOCA, A DEDICAREM SUAS VIDAS AO BLUES. MAIS QUE UM GÊNERO, O BLUES É UMA FILOSOFIA DE VIDA NASCIDO NO DELTA DO MISSISSIPPI COMO UM CANTO DE LAMENTO DOS ESCRAVOS, MASSIFICOU-SE ATRAVÉS DA GERAÇÃO BEAT E ESTABELECEU UMA ESTÉTICA QUE REVOLUCIONOU A MÚSICA OCIDENTAL, FORNECENDO SUBSÍDIOS DEFINITIVOS À CONFIGURAÇÃO DO ROCK E DO POP ATUAIS. LONGE DE UMA CONCEPÇÃO PURISTA E ESTIGMATIZADA, A SUBURBLUES TEM RECONHECIDA COMPETÊNCIA NA PRODUÇÃO DE UM BLUES CONTEMPORÂNEO, DE SONORIDADE PRÓPRIA, ACEITANDO A INFLUÊNCIA DO POP E DO ROCK, SEM SE DISTANCIAR, NO ENTANTO, DAS ORIGENS DO GÊNERO. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tiffany Harp & Capone Brothers

A Capone Brothers é uma banda de Blues formada por Alexandre Machado (sax), Léo Maier (guitarra/voz), Emanuel Sofia (bateria) e Marcelo China (baixo). O quarteto busca principalmente a sonoridade do Blues de Chicago mas também se arrisca em estilos como a Funk Blues e o Jump Blues. Suas principais influências vão desde os mestres Muddy Waters e Howlin'Wolf , passando por Louis Jordan e chegando até o contemporâneo Junior Watson. A noite com a Capone Brothers é garantia de muita energia,diversão e o mais puro Blues para seus espectadores! If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BIG ALLAMBIK (Nudity)

Ugo Perrotta is a Professional musician since his 18’s, graduated in theory, harmony and ear training at Musiarte, where he had a chance to study with masters like Isidoro kutno, Oren perlin, José staneck e Marisa Galdeman. Now a 39 year’s old experienced player, Ugo Perrota its considered one of the top and most requested braziliam ( Blues – Rock )bassplayers. He spent 10 years with Big Allambik, the first brazilian blues band to ever make a full american tour in the United States, back in 1996. Besides that, Ugo has been playing with some big names in the brazilian blues sceane, such as Celso BluesBoy , André Christovam, and Flávio Guimarães. When american performers have a chance to come down to Brasil and play, many of them are more than happy to have Ugo giving them a solid bass foundation. They are Ronnie Earl, Bruce Ewan, Charlie Musselwhite, Little Jimmy King, Eric Gales and some others... In a recent international tour in the US (2005), Ugo had a chance to play at Texas’s Deep Ellun Blues , NY’s Blue Note, e Flórida’s Bamboo Room. His ability in playing any kind of musical form, as he was trained mixing blues, rock and jazz with the sofistication of brazilian music, gave him a full range musical knowledge, and that is what you get, when listening Ugo playing his bass as his life depended on it! If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Stumble - Celso Salim

Celso Salim – Big City Blues (GRV Records new release) “Big City Blues” is Celso Salim’s 3rd and newest album. In this record, his most Bluesy one, he shows great improve as a composer, singer and guitarist. Playing dobro, electric and acoustic guitars with slide in many tracks, Celso shows 12 original songs plus a cover of “If the sea was whiskey” by Willie Dixon and Leonard Caston. The album presents American drummer Jason Sterling and Brazilian bassist Rodrigo Mantovani as Celso’s band and as special guests; Ari Borguer(piano), Igor Prado(guitar) and Sérgio Duarte(harp) among others. Produced by Celso Salim and Rafael Cury. Released by GRV Records on November 2007. Official release party will be on February 2008 at the Bourbon St. Music Club in São Paulo. ---- Born in Brasília, Celso Salim begun playing guitar when he was only 6 years old. At the age of 12 started learning his first Blues licks and with 15 he was already performing with local bands in the Brasília area. After finishing high-school he moved to Los Angeles were he studied at the Musicians Institute for 3 years. Celso received the “outstanding stylist award” when he graduated from M.I.. Also at that time he joint a local Blues band and started performing in the L.A. area. In 2000 Celso moved back to Brazil and started his solo career with the release of his first album called Lucky Boy. This record was produced during his last year in L.A. In 2003 Celso released his 2nd album called “Going Out Tonight”, recorded between Brasília and L.A.. Both releases have special guests such as Henry “Sol-Eh” Brewer(keyboards), Darryl Carriere(harp and vocals) and Rafael Moreira(guitar) among others. Since 2003 Celso started performing all around the Country playing in clubs and festivals. Among his best gigs stands out the opening for BB King’s concert in Brasília and the Guaramiranga international Blues&Jazz festival. Now a days, Celso is been living in São Paulo for 3 years and is considered to be one of the best blues guitarists in Brazil. Besides his own band he also performs with 2 others great Brazilian Blues artists; Sérgio Duarte & Entidade Joe and Ari Borguer Quarte If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tired Of Talking - Artur Menezes


At 25 years old, and 13 of guitar playing, Artur Menezes is a very active musician in the Brazilian blues/rock scene.

He played in several festivals in Brazil: Guaramiranga Jazz and Blues Festival, Garanhuns Jazz Festival, Canoa Blues, Lençois Jazz and Blues, Bourbon Street and many others.

In 2006 and 2007, Artur Menezes lived in Chicago, where he had the honor to meet the blues closer.

There he played in several Blues Clubs: B.L.U.E.S., Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Smoky Daddy, Rosa’s, Katherina’s, Vine Tastings and Gabe’s Backstage and Lounge.

In these Clubs he played with John Primer, Charlie Love and The Silky Smooth Band, Linsey Alexander, Phill Guy, Brother John, Big Ray, Jimmi Burns among others.

He also was a member from The Shakes Blues Band, where he played in many gigs. Besides that, he had the single opportunity to improve his guitar playing skills after watching concerts of many names like Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Magic Slim, Buddy Guy, Eddie Clearwater, Carlos Johnson and many others. Among his influences, we can tell: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Albert Collins, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, James Brown, Charlie Love and many kinds of brazilian music.

Nowadays, Artur Menezes recorded his newest album called "Early To Marry", by the Blues Time Records brand. He still studies music and teach his guitar skills in some workshops.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Mud Story - Amleto Barboni



Em 2009 lançou seu primeiro CD com as participações de André Christovam, Blues Etílicos, Marcos Ottaviano, Flávio Guimarães, Ary Borger, Fabio Zaganin, Willbone, Ivan de Andrade, Rubinho Antunes, Daniel Latorre e do gaitista norte-americano Bruce Ewan. O CD Amleto Barboni`s Thing foi recebido com grande entusiasmo pela critica, recebendo grande destaque nos principais jornais e revistas especializadas do Brasil.

Participou no especial Blues no País do Samba exibido na Rede Cultura, na TV Gazeta no programa Todo Seu do apresentador Ronnie Von e na matéria Novos Talentos no jornal do SBT.

Foi produtor do disco Viva Muddy Waters e do áudio do DVD “Live at Bolshoi” ambos da banda Blues Etílicos e do Cd/ Livro "Guitarra Blues" do guitarrista Marcos Ottaviano, voltado ao ensino da guitarra Blues.

Gravou diversos artistas, entre eles: Fafá de Belem, Raul Mascarenhas, Wanderlea, Fernando Anitelli, Andreas Kisser, Beto Lee, Ives Passareli, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats (EUA), Rj Mischo (EUA), Howard Levy (EUA), André Christovam, entre outros.

Eis uma breve lista de suas participações ao vivo: André Christovam, Blues Etílicos, Blue Jeans, Enrico Crivellaro (Itália), David Rotundo (Canadá), Woody Mann (EUA), Tony Osanah (Argentina), André Abujamra, Carlinhos Antunes (Bady Assad), Luis Carlini, Márcio Werneck (Caboclada), Netinho (Os Incríveis) , Paulo Zinner, entre muitos outros.

Atualmente está gravando o material de seu segundo CD com músicos norte-americanos de alto nível, entre eles: Anthony King, baterista duas vezes ganhador do Emmy Awards, e o Baixista David Jones (Ray Charles, T-Bone Walker). este trabalho também conta com a participação de J.Hansen, Lorenzo Farrel e Kid Andersen conhecidos como "The Nightcats", banda esta que acompanha o músico Rick Estrin. Também está gravando o CD do projeto "A Night At Maxwell St." baseado em suas pesquisas a respeito do inicio do Blues elétrico. Participam do projeto, Marcos Ottaviano, Richard Montano e Dr. Feelgood.
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Juke - The Headcutters


“The Headcutters”, from Itajaí – SC, is considered to be one of the most highlighted blues bands in Brazil. Using the 40s ands 50s sound and style, they follow the legendaries Blues records labels from Chicago of that time.

The band’s name serves as tribute to the Blues idols from the 50s, such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Jimmy Rogers, who in that period were called “The Headhunters”. Thus, THE HEADCUTTERS comes as a reference to those great masters who were clear and strong influence to the band.

Performing very charismatic, exciting and catching concerts, the band has been gathering a faithful audience in every show since it’s beginning. Featuring Joe Marhofer (harmonica and vocals), Ricardo Maca (guitar and vocals), Arthur “Catuto” Garcia (acoustic bass) and Leandro “Cavera” Barbeta (drums).

The band has played in several blues festivals, produced concerts and shared stage with various national and international bigshots such as Phil Guy (Buddy Guy’s brother) Eddie C. Campbell, Kim Wilson, Billy Flinn, Gary Smith, Billy Branch, Carlos Johnson, J.J. Jackson, Lynwood Slim, Mitch Kashmar, Igor Prado, Blues Etílicos among others.

The last album “Back To 50′s” CD, is a full vintage recording accomplished through tape rolls and 50′s style valved equipments, made at Itajaí’s Historical Museum. An album that has been receiving both national and international critical acclaim, and that shows a real time travel, with all the sound and magic from the 50′s, which represented Chicago Urban Blues.

Playing nearly on the road for 12 years, The Headcutters Band is proud to represent that irresistible sort of sound, which is worldwide enjoyed for decades through every generation.
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hoochie Coochie Man - Blue Jeans & Vasco Faé


Vasco Fae bought his first harmonica in 1987, when he was 16, all by sudden. He started to dedicate himself to the instrument and with the diatonic harmonica and a velvet voice, has been achieving respect and attention from a great audience and harmonica players all over the country. On Brazilian television, Vasco has already showed up in some programs such as: Musikaos (Cultura), Bem Brasil (Cultura), Altas Horas (Globo), Fábio Jr. (Record) and Video Show (Globo). In 2007 he releases his second CD “Manoblues” preceded by “Saudacoes (2003)”. From 1992 until 2009 he has made over 1.550 shows in Brazilian Blues circuit.

Formed in 1993, “Irmandade do Blues” is his “home-band” and released the first CD of a Brazilian Blues quartet (Veneno) in 1996 by Eldorado Records, witch released the second CD (Good Feelings) in 2007 by Eldorado Records as well, and the DVD and CD “Ao Vivo (Live)” in 2009 by Universal Music. Irmandade do Blues has the same members since 1995 so that is the oldest formation in Brazil. From 2003 to 2005 he joined the band Blues Etilicos as one of the singers, harmonica players and composers where he recorded the CD “Cor do Universo”. Played with Kleber Albuquerque during 2001. In 2002 he joined the band Andreas Kisser and Brazil Rock Stars, where he still plays, sings and recorded the CDs “AKBRS – 50 years of rock” and “Hubris”, he also could share stage with Caetano Veloso, Herbert Viana, Lobao, Simone, Samuel Rosa, Dinho Ouro Preto, Frejat, Bocato, Pitty, Nando Reis, and others.

In Brazil Vasco Fae is considered as a great brazilian harmonica player and singer. “The Band man” as he was nicked by Jazz’n Blues magazine, is known as well by his notorious motor coordination technique of playing harmonica and guitar at the same time, and sometimes even with a bumbo – he’s the first one to seriously dedicate its self on developing this technique in Brazil – besides, Vasco Fae composes, sings, produces, plays almost every instrument he gets in his hands. He also plays with the band Triangulista that plays brazilian music, idealized in 1997 “Blueseiros do Brasil”, that already counts on two CDs released containing the best of Brazilian Blues musicians in jam sessions recorded in studio.

He also recorded many CDs with different artists, gave harmonica workshops at SESC net and showed up in the International Harmonica Meeting in Sao Paulo in 2003
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Jiving - Cristiano Ferreira


Cristiano Ferreira é um dos grandes expoentes do blues nacional. São quase 20 anos dedicados aos blues. Iniciou sua carreira em Porto Alegre em meados de 1995, tocando com bandas locais de blues. Não demorou muito para que passasse a integrar a banda de músicos importantes do cenário do blues gaúcho como a cantora Flora Almeida e o gaitista Andy Boy. Com Andy, gravou o disco Blue Mind (2001) agraciado com o prêmio açorianos de melhor disco de blues do ano no estado. Já com Flora, Cristiano participou do disco mala de garupa (2002) do renomado compositor gaúcho Sergio Napp, gravando uma versão para a música carreta. Além desses dois trabalhos, Cristiano também integrou a banda do gaitista catarinense Alex Rossi, gravando algumas faixas do seu disco Let Me in (2006). Sua grande experiência como músico de apoio o faz figurar entre um dos guitarristas mais requisitados para acompanhar artistas de blues internacionais em suas turnês pela região sul. Nomes como Holland K. Smith, Phil Guy, John Primer, Willie Big Eyes Smith, Bob Stroger, Gonzalo Araya e Nicolás Smoljan figuram entre alguns destes artistas. Radicado atualmente em Florianópolis, Cristiano demonstra toda a experiência e maturidade adquirida ao longo desses anos com o seu trabalho solo, o Cristiano Ferreira trio. Sem se preocupar em direcionar este trabalho a qualquer um dos estilos conhecidos do blues, Cristiano acaba transitando com suas interpretações pelo swing do jazz, o rhythm and blues e o blues tradicional. Completam o trio os músicos Nani Lobo no baixo e Martin Bustingorri na bateria. Em maio de 2010 o trio gravou um EP que conta com a participação do saxofonista Hasse Berggren. São quatro faixas das quais duas são de autoria de Cristiano, e as restantes são interpretações de canções do guitarrista Guitar Slim. A mistura de swing, blues e rhythm and blues está muito bem representada nessas gravações, não deixem de conferir!!!
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Madrugada Blues - Baseado em Blues


Banda de blues surgida no Rio de Janeiro em 1992 formada pelo gaitista Jefferson Gonçalves e o vocalista André Casquilho, começou tocando em pequenas casas noturnas no Rio, chegando a se apresentar no Circo Voador. Em seguida obtiveram alguma repercussão com uma fita demo enviada à Rádio Fluminense, que abria espaço para o blues em sua programação. Em 1996 chegam ao primeiro disco, "Baseado em Blues", pelo selo Space Music da gravadora Velas, com clássicos do blues e composições próprias. Excursionaram pelo Brasil antes de entrar em estúdio para registrar o segundo CD, "Madrugada Blues", cujo repertório era todo original, à exceção da regravação de "Velha Roupa Colorida", sucesso de Belchior na voz de Elis Regina. Neste disco contaram ainda com a participação de Celso Blues Boy, com que excursionaram pouco tempo depois. Em 2000 gravam a partir de um show no Mistura Fina (RJ) o disco ao vivo "Um Acústico Baseado em Blues" (Blues Time Records). A formação do grupo neste último disco conta com André Casquilho (voz), Jefferson Gonçalves (gaita), Sérgio Rocha (guitarra), Pedro Augusto (teclados), Fabio Mesquita (baixo) e Marco BZ (bateria).
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Looking For Somebody - Ivan Marcio


Ivan Marcio fell in love with the harmonica when he was 13 and a year later, in 1991, while listening to Elmore James, he fell in love with the blues, which became the unseparable companion of this harmonica player from São Paulo, Brazil. In 1994 he founded, along with friends from São Paulo´s ABC, a band called Bluseiros de Sarja. From 1998 to 2003, he was a member of Zoonose – a hard blues band – winning, in 1999, the Festival de Música da Praia Grande, SP. From 1998 to 2001 he played for Dr Blues, a traditional band from the ABC which, in 1998, released what was the first album in his career. Besides various collaborations with national and international artists and bands, Ivan Márcio became a member of Mr Mojo in 2002, releasing the band´s second album. In 1999, he started to work with the Prados (from Prado Brothers and Swing It! Blues) which was, in 2000, renamed to Prado Blues Band and became, in 2004, the revelation band in the Brazilian blues scenario and pioneer in the jump blues style: “Prado Blues Band is the master´s degree in Brazilian blues”, said Nuno Mindelis for Diário do Grande ABC. The band released their second album in 2005 and the third one came in July, 2006. The band is a national reference to guest musicians, festivals and great events. Ivan Márcio is a self-learner musician. He´s very interested in the music of Sonny Boy Williamson II, Little Walter Jacobs, Flávio Guimarães, Charlie Musselwhite and some vocal groups from the 50´s. His first concert happened when he was 14 and since then he´s never stopped, having played in venues such as Bourboun Street Music, CIA Paulista de Blues, Sanja Jazz Bar, Ton Ton Jazz Club, Delta Blues Bar, Mr Blues Bar, Stones Blues Bar, Barfly and many SESCs round Brazil. He endorses Bends Harmonicas and Tequila Amplifiers, by Loester, and helps them in the search for quality and performance. Graduated in pedagogy, he takes part in many workshops round Brazil and teaches harmonica for the Projeto Juventude Cidadã in São Bernardo do Campo, with 100 students completing the course every year, which won him praise by Billy Branch in the last Festival Internacional de Blues de Santo André.
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Superstition - Andreas Kisser & Vasco Faé


Vasco Fae bought his first harmonica in 1987, when he was 16, all by sudden. He started to dedicate himself to the instrument and with the diatonic harmonica and a velvet voice, has been achieving respect and attention from a great audience and harmonica players all over the country. On Brazilian television, Vasco has already showed up in some programs such as: Musikaos (Cultura), Bem Brasil (Cultura), Altas Horas (Globo), Fábio Jr. (Record) and Video Show (Globo). In 2007 he releases his second CD “Manoblues” preceded by “Saudacoes (2003)”. From 1992 until 2009 he has made over 1.550 shows in Brazilian Blues circuit.

Formed in 1993, “Irmandade do Blues” is his “home-band” and released the first CD of a Brazilian Blues quartet (Veneno) in 1996 by Eldorado Records, witch released the second CD (Good Feelings) in 2007 by Eldorado Records as well, and the DVD and CD “Ao Vivo (Live)” in 2009 by Universal Music. Irmandade do Blues has the same members since 1995 so that is the oldest formation in Brazil. From 2003 to 2005 he joined the band Blues Etilicos as one of the singers, harmonica players and composers where he recorded the CD “Cor do Universo”. Played with Kleber Albuquerque during 2001. In 2002 he joined the band Andreas Kisser and Brazil Rock Stars, where he still plays, sings and recorded the CDs “AKBRS – 50 years of rock” and “Hubris”, he also could share stage with Caetano Veloso, Herbert Viana, Lobao, Simone, Samuel Rosa, Dinho Ouro Preto, Frejat, Bocato, Pitty, Nando Reis, and others.

In Brazil Vasco Fae is considered as a great brazilian harmonica player and singer. “The Band man” as he was nicked by Jazz’n Blues magazine, is known as well by his notorious motor coordination technique of playing harmonica and guitar at the same time, and sometimes even with a bumbo – he’s the first one to seriously dedicate its self on developing this technique in Brazil – besides, Vasco Fae composes, sings, produces, plays almost every instrument he gets in his hands. He also plays with the band Triangulista that plays brazilian music, idealized in 1997 “Blueseiros do Brasil”, that already counts on two CDs released containing the best of Brazilian Blues musicians in jam sessions recorded in studio.

He also recorded many CDs with different artists, gave harmonica workshops at SESC net and showed up in the International Harmonica Meeting in Sao Paulo in 2003
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Horton's Shuffle - Flávio Guimarães


Flávio Guimarães (born November 10, 1963) is a Brazilian composer, harmonica player and singer. Considered a blues pioneer in Brazil, he founded the band Blues Etílicos in 1986, which is considered the most successful Brazilian blues group. He has also played with many famous artists along his career, such as Alceu Valença, Ed Motta, Luiz Melodia, Paulo Moura, Zeca Baleiro, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, Sugar Blue e Taj Mahal.
Flávio Guimarães was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in that city he studied harmonica with Maurício Einhorn.

He started his musical career around 1985. In 1986, he formed the group Blues Etílicos, with Greg Wilson (vocals and guitar), Otávio Rocha (guitar), Gil Eduardo (drums) and Cláudio Bedran (bass). With the group, Guimarães did many show around Brazil and world and recorded several albums.

In 1988, Guimarães travelled to Chicago, where he played with many American musician, including the harmonicist Sugar Blue. One year later, he opened Festival de Blues, in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, playing with Buddy Guy. In that same year, he also opened shows for John Lee Hooker and John Mayall, during Free Jazz Festival. In the following years, Guimarães played in the most important festival in Brazil, such as Blues Fest, Rock in Rio II and Nescafé in Blues. During this period, he also played with many famous Brazilian artists, like Ed Motta, Roberto Frejat and Paulo Moura. He played with internacional artists too, such as Midnight Blues Band.

Since 1990, when Bizz magazine indicated Guimarães as one of the best hamonicists of Brazil, he has participated of many hamonica players meetings. In fact, Guimarães became famous between Brazilian harmonicists because he was the first one to play diatonic harmonicas in that country, introducing new possibilities of timbre to the music of his nation. In 1998, he participated of Harmonica's Night, with Carey Bell and Peter Madcat. In this same period, with a new band, he opened show for B. B. King, in Via Funchal, Brazil. He, with Tavares da Gaita, was considered one of the most important attractions in the history of Rec-Beat festival, in Recife, Brazil.

Along his career, Guimarães recorded many album. His first solo album was Little blues, in 1995. In 2000, he recorded his second disc, named On the loose. In 2007, celebrating 20 years of Blues Etílicos, his band recorded an album in honor of Muddy Waters, one of the biggest exponent blues musician. Around two years later, Guimarães recorded another solo album, named The blues follows me, and he realized many shows around Brazil, spreading this work.
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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Can´t Hold Out - Danny Vincent & Robson Fernandes


It´s impossible to separate Robson Fernandes from the contemporary Brazilian Blues scene. A man who possesses extraordinary tone and energy demonstrating a fantastic technical prowess. His style is at the same level of many of the great harp players outside of Brazil, and that is why many of these same great players bow to young Robson´s creative sound.

Robson Fernandes was born in 1976 in the city Sao Paulo - Brazil, he started playing Diatonic Harmonic at the age of 16, his passion aligned with the study of early 20th century North American Blues. He studied Harmony and Improvisation with the Jazz guitar player Lupa Santiago and the famous Trombonist - Bocato.

In 2002 he released the first Instrumental Blues Harp CD "Sampa Blues" Robson was surrounded by some of the best Blues and Jazz artist on his first outing.

On his second CD 2005 the "Gumbo Blues" marked a new cycle of intense emotions and daring beside his impeccable playing technique, he ventures out not only playing his harp but also doing all of the vocal workouts.This album stands, as an historic landmark for Brazilian harp players the first distributed in Europe and in the United States by Pacific Blues run by the record producer Jerry Hall. Robson Fernandes has participated in the principle Jazz and Blues Festival in Brazil.

After woodshedding with his band Victor Busquets drums, Renato Limao Bass and Danilo Simi on Guitar, Robson entered the studio in June/July 2008. A few month later the “COOL” CD is released. This album was recorded old school style on 24 tracks studer analog tape machines with everyone in the studio playing together thus giving it that distinct sound not found on many modern recordings. This outing by Robson F. was engineered and produced by co-writer Carlos sander from the U.S.

On this Cd Robson explores different styles and rhythms not just your usual 12 bar blues. While maintaining the spirit of Chicago, California and New Orleans. The Recording of “COOL” also had invited guests such as Californian saxophonist Troy Jennings, the incredible guitar work of Marcos Ottaviano and the subtle piano of Ari Borger. Once again Robson innovates by recording a string octet on the track “ I love You So” making in the first Brazilian Blues Record with strings.

Robson strikes again notoriety with his latest CD “COOL” not just here but globally. In November 2009 , RF played at the Blues Festival in the city of Ezquel in Argentina playing along side bluesman Danny Vincent. Next on the Festival circuit RF was invited to perform at the Blues Festival of Torun. After a (SRO) standing room only performance Robson and company played in the city of Warsaw both cities located in Poland. All of these shows were written up in great detail by the canadian publishers of “Real Blues Magazine” which awarded the “COOL” CD the number eight slot in it´s Top 100.
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