Jazz at Kitano
Friday & Saturday November 4th & 5th
Two sets at 8:00pm & 10:00pm
Helio Alves - Piano
Nilson Matta - Bass
Duduka Da Fonseca - Drums
There is an elegant yet oddly organic charm to this release as the trio develops their own eclectic identity with that deceptively subtle Brazilian groove. Music that is indeed good for the soul... One of the very best for 2012!
More straight-ahead than the title might make one assume, and quite an enjoyable listen.
Dave Sumner, eMusic
Brazilian Trio is a masterful amalgamation of musician, composer and arranger friends dedicated to perpetuating the artful blend of Brazilian classical music and jazz.
The Jazz Chill Corner
This trio consists of three of Brazil's best jazz musicians
O's Place Jazz Newsletter
Born in São Paulo, pianist Helio Alves played classical and Brazilian music as a teen, then studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Helio moved to New York in the 90s, and since then has performed and recorded with legendary musicians including Claudio Roditi, Paquito D'Rivera, Yo Yo Ma, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Slide Hampton, Oscar Castro Neves, Joyce Moreno and Rosa Passos. Helio also joined Joe Henderson's Quartet, touring extensively with the saxophone master. He is featured on the Grammy Award winning CDs “Joe Henderson Big Band”, “Obrigado Brasil” by Yo Yo Ma and “Brazilian Dreams” by Paquito D’Rivera. He also played on the Grammy Nominated albums “Samba Jazz Fantasia” by Duduka Da Fonseca and “Forests” by the Brazilian Trio, which he co-leads.
Nilson Matta has been a force in the evolution and popularity of Brazilian jazz and is considered one of the greatest Bass players in the world. Matta recorded and toured extensively with greats such as, saxophonist Joe Henderson, flutist Herbie Mann, virtuous cellist Yo Yo Ma and many others. Since 2006 Nilson released 4 CDs as a leader; "Walking with my Bass"(Toucan),"Brazilian Voyage"(ZoHo), "Black Orpheus "(Motema) and "EastSideRioDrive"(World Blue Record) Nilson is the Music and Artistic Director of "Samba Meets Jazz Workshops".
Duduka Da Fonseca born in Rio de Janeiro is a renowned Grammy Award Nominated drummer, percussionist, and author. He has appeared on over 200 albums alongside American Jazz icons including, Gerry Mulligan, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Phil Woods, John Scofield, Tom Harrell as well as Brazilian Jazz Icons including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dom Salvador, Astrud Gilberto, Toninho Horta, Claudio Roditi among others. In 2002 Duduka's first solo album, Samba Jazz Fantasia, was nominated for the American Grammy® Award. He is one of the very few Brazilians and the only Brazilian drummer thus far to be nominated for this prestigious Award.
In 2009 The Brazilian Trio’s (which he co-leads) album Forests, was nominated for the 10th Latin Grammy. Duduka was a founding member and co-leader of Trio da Paz.