Alma Do Nordeste: Soul of the Northeast

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
When it comes to world music, many Americans tend to think the music of a particular country all has a similar vibe, forgetting that different regions of the U.S. gave rise to very distinct genres. Brazilian born, Seattle based composer and keyboardist Jovino Santos Neto offers a tremendous education on the rousing and bright, densely percussive, accordion-laced and highly danceable music found in the Northeast part of his native land. His colorful liner notes qualify his interest as one rooted in the fact that he's a Rio-born grandson of "Nordestinos" and informs us that a generous grant allowed him and his wife Luzia to take an 800 mile journey to the heart of the ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
When it comes to world music, many Americans tend to think the music of a particular country all has a similar vibe, forgetting that different regions of the U.S. gave rise to very distinct genres. Brazilian born, Seattle based composer and keyboardist Jovino Santos Neto offers a tremendous education on the rousing and bright, densely percussive, accordion-laced and highly danceable music found in the Northeast part of his native land. His colorful liner notes qualify his interest as one rooted in the fact that he's a Rio-born grandson of "Nordestinos" and informs us that a generous grant allowed him and his wife Luzia to take an 800 mile journey to the heart of the region. Composing new songs and remaking older ones he had written that fit perfectly into the project's theme, the versatile musician (who, in addition to piano, plays melodica, fifes, and flute) creates a fascinating musical interpretation of the beautiful landscapes (the lyrical and graceful "Fulo Sertaneja"); the mythological importance of the ox (the strutting, sax driven "Donkey Xote"); the creativity, humor, accent and hospitality of the people (the celebratory, accordion-jumping "Festa Na Macuca"), and the coexistence of the medieval themes within the visionary and fantastic realism of the cordei literature sold at street markets. There are also a few cool odes to the way the grape made the couple feel: the lilting, lighthearted "Amoreira" (which translates to "Raspberry Vine") and the punchy, sax-driven jazz jam "Forro Vino." The music was recorded in Rio with a handful of great Brazilian musicians, and caps all of the celebrating Santos Neto no doubt did after receiving his Latin Grammy nominations in 2004 and 2006. This is a fascinating exploration that's both musically joyous and richly illuminating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Adventure Music
  • UPC: 823421104122
  • Catalog Number: 1041
  • Sales rank: 165,051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Festa Na Macuca (5:27)
  2. 2 Saudade de Sua Gente (5:47)
  3. 3 Amoreira (5:21)
  4. 4 Passareio (2:26)
  5. 5 São Pedro Na Jangada (2:54)
  6. 6 Rede, Sossego E Chamego (6:02)
  7. 7 Fulô Sertaneja (4:09)
  8. 8 Alma Do Nordeste (6:57)
  9. 9 Biboca (4:22)
  10. 10 Forró Vino (3:37)
  11. 11 Borborema (6:01)
  12. 12 Donkey Xote (5:54)
  13. 13 Vermeio Agreste Lampião (5:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jovino Santos Neto Primary Artist, Flute, Piano, Fife, Melodica, Ambience
Marcio Bahia Drums, Snare Drums
Carlos Malta Flute, Fife, Soprano Saxophone, Woodwind
Marcelo Martins Flute, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Toninho Ferragutti Accordion
Eduardo Neves Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Gabriel Grossi Harmonica
Dudu Lima Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Perambuco Vocals
Josemen Honaine 10-string Guitar
Eduardo Nieves Soprano Saxophone
Durval Pereira Percussion
Thiago Da Serrinha Percussion
Technical Credits
Jovino Santos Neto Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Carlos Fuchs Engineer
Maria Camillo Graphic Design
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