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Arranger and songwriter Moacir Santos is regarded by critics and researchers as one of the most innovative talents in the history of Brazilian music. He is regarded as a walking encyclopedia in the realms of that country's instrumental music. Choros & Alegria, the follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed Ouro Negro, was produced by the same team of Mario Adnet and Ze Nogueira with spectacular results. Some of the leading instrumentalists in the world of Brazilian music are joined by Wynton Marsalis on this recording, honoring the music and the man, Moacir Santos.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Adventure Music
  • ASIN: B000BHN7MK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nimbuscoleman on December 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
At first listen, I wasn't so sure. But this is fantastic! Let the voicings grow on you. There's no earth-shattering-ness here. But you can hear Moacir's voice through guest arrangements (even). And it's very distinct. I'm sure he deserves something more than obscurity, but most people won't have the patience to hear what's very, very unique here. It grows!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Flavio Cipparrone on February 21, 2006
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His childhood in the arid and remote interior of Brazil, under difficult conditions.

Despite that, at age 2 he was already playing with cans, leading a "baby band".

After several musical compositions in Brazil he moved to United States, where he lives now (Pasadena, California).

He worked as a church pianist, as a teacher and also as a "ghost writer" for some film soundtracks.

"Ghost Writer" is the composer that does not have his name published because someone paid him to do the work. Regrettable, but it is the truth. In fact he worked also as the ghost of the ghost, what happens when the ghost is very busy, so that he contracts a ghost.

Moacir is a very talented composer and arranger. Listen and enjoy.
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It almost seemed that clarinetist, saxophonist and singer Moacir Santos was older that the hills of the Brazilian northeast that he came from, but you'd never know it from the wealth of great tunes found on this collection.

If the term 'Choro' is Brazil's answer to our 'jazz', then surely Moacir Santos must be thought of as its Ellington. These well-crafted and elegantly poised songs are easy on the ears and they rightly show us a side to Brazilian music that is not commonly recognized here in the US. The Choro is a wonderful song style – it can be joyously happy or languid and somewhat melancholy at a turn, and I can't think of another recording, which comes close to being the almost irresistible invitation that this CD provides.

The line up reads like a 'who's who' of Brazilian jazz, including producers Zé Nogueira and Mario Adnet , guitarist Ricardo Silveira, and percussionist Armando Marçal (Pat Metheny Group), along with a host of names you may not recognize. But don't let that stop you: This is one of those rare moments when a career defining CD somehow manages to cross borders to become an instant classic. Think the 'Getz/Gilberto' CD and you'll understand why it was nominated for a Latin Grammy for 'Best Instrumental Album' upon its release, which occurred just weeks after his passing at age 82.
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I can only thank you, Mr. Mario Adnet for revealing unknown songs of the super mester Moacir Santos!!!

The recordings are very detailed, some kind of HD sound, and you can really feel Moacir close, as you listen to very pleasant songs.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carlos from Rio on February 15, 2006
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Moacir Santos is a master composer, arranger and saxophonist. His shore is Brazilian Jazz with a combo comprising rhythm section + brass in a unique combination which is consistently applied to such original and unconventional compositions.

In the late 60s, Santos went to live in the USA where he's recorded three albums for Blue Note Records. He also became an auxiliary writer for some great arranger just like Billy Byers was to Quincy Jones.

This is his 2005 album, a totally new collection of fresh music, good music but neglectable music though played by the best Brazilian musicians in the area.

Wynton Marsalis plays a sensational solo in the album's best track.
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