Ask a jazz musician to name his or her favorite living Brazilian composer and the answer is likely to be Milton Nascimento.
Undeniably one of Brazil’s greatest stars, Nascimento is an iconic singer-songwriter whose transformative early work fusing Africanized jazz with Latin-American fold allowed a generation of artists to free themselves from bossanova. Since his debut, Nascimento’s magnetic stage presence and astonishing tonal range have delighted audiences for the better half of a century. He has recorded more than 37 solo albums, received four Grammy awards, and collaborated with elite musicians the world over, including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Duran Duran, Sarah Vaughan and countless others.
Versatility has been a hallmark of his career, since he catapulted to fame in 1967 at Rio de Janeiro’s second International Song Festival, where he introduce three instant standards, “Travessia,” “Morro Velho,” and “Maria, Minha Fe.” Nascimento has written dozens of tunes so harmonically rich and luminously melodic that they’ve irresistibly enticed jazz interpretation.
But it was his classic collaboration with Wayne Shorter, 1974’s Native Dancer, that opened the international floodgates, leading to recordings with everyone from Earth Wind and Fire to Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, and Jack DeJohnette. Nearly 40 years later, his extraordinary lyricism and originality are still strikingly present, and his voice remains a marvelous instrument shaded with stunning emotional power. With a seasoned vocal palette, he expertly crescendos from stage whisper to roar.
Nascimento received the Latin Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, but even after decades performing, his extraordinary lyricism and nimble vocals continue to dazzle audiences the world over
While musicians from around the world continue to record his songs (Esperanza Spalding is a devotee), Nascimento is often the most effective interpreter of his own music. With a gorgeous multi-octave voice and uncanny gift for combining disparate elements in his arrangements, Nascimento gleans influences from far and wide, seamlessly blending rock and jazz, Portuguese fado and Spanish guitars, Andean flutes and Gregorian chants.
Joining Nascimento in celebrating his 50-year career and his latest album “Uma Travessia,” is Wilson Lopes on guitar, drummer Lincoln Cheib, bassist Gastao Villeroy, Kiko Continetino on piano and Widor Santiago on saxophone.
Royce Hall is located at 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095 in the North Campus of UCLA
Date: Friday, November 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Price: $89, $59, $39, $29
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