Did I mention that I went to Brazil last month to cover the MIMO Festival for DownBeat? No? I’ve been a bit behind in updating this blog, which I’ll try to correct in the coming days. I visited two of the four festival sites: the historic colonial cities of Paraty and Tiradadentes, with a few days off in between to enjoy Rio.
One of the musical highlights in Paraty was the Sunday evening concert by NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera and the flat-out brilliant Sao Paulo jazz group called Trio Corrente that closed the Paraty portion of the festival. Their first album together, Song for Maura, won the 2014 Grammy for Latin Jazz Album of the Year. DownBeat Magazine has just posted my review – the first of three pieces I’m doing for them on the festival.