Downbeat Beyond

John Finbury, the only American in this bunch, is a Massachusetts-based pianist and songwriter who caused something of a stir in 2016 when a song of his was nominated for a Latin Grammy. His new recording, Sorte! (Greenflash; 28:46 ♦ ♦ ♦ ½), is a collaboration with...

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Michael’s Jazz Blog Review

Today’s album “Sorte!” comes from composer John Finbury and singer-lyricist Thalma de Freitas. John Finbury is a lawyer and musician from Andover, Massachusetts, who become well known in 2016 when he was earning a Latin Grammy nomination for his song “A Chama...

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Photo of Thalma de Freitas Sorte! Session Photos New York City May 2018 Presents an Interview With John Finbury

The colorful and exciting sound of Brazilian music seems to be a perennial favorite not only with jazzers but also World Music fans into sublime, guitar-centric music. A good example of the elegance and music magic of contemporary 21st century Brazilian music is...

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Jazz Weekly – John Finbury: Sorte!

Gorgeous modern Brazilian sounds are delivered in this mature session by a collection of superstars. Bassist John Patitucci, percussionist Airto Moreira, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and guitarist Chico Pinheiro join in with the sweet voice of Thalma De Freitas,...

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Back To Brazil: Part Two

John Finbury is a Yank pianist and songwriter whose compositions sound as if they had been written by one of the great MPB (Popular Brazilian Music) composers. Sorte! (Luck) (Green Flash Music) features the definition of an all-star rhythm section—bassist John...

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Although veteran composer John Finbury surprised the Latin music scene a few years ago with a Latin Grammy Song of the Year nomination for “A Chama Verde” and vocalist-lyricist Thalma De Freitas is a household name in her native Brazil, it’s a good bet most...

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Evocative songs delivered with passion and personality

On Sorte! (meaning Luck!), the relaxing contemporary Latin bossas of Massachusetts-based composer John Finbury are brought to life by Afro-Brazilian singer, songwriter and actress Thalma de Freitas with an all-star cast of musicians. Finbury has been writing music...

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