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Samba Do Veloso - Nilson Matta and Roni Ben-Hur

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Uniting their mutual love for both jazz and Brazilian music, two acclaimed stylists, the guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and the bassist Nilson Matta, have found common ground on Mojave, their first recorded collaboration. With expert support from the long celebrated drummer Victor Lewis and Brazilian percussionist Café, Ben-Hur and Matta have conjured up a project that celebrates the best of both worlds. Released via Motema Music, Mojave, enraptures with its Brazilian sensibilities as successfully as it swings. The album also provides plenty of room for the co-leaders to exhibit their impressive instrumental skills. Ben-Hur and Matta are virtuosos thoroughly entrenched in the bebop idiom, yet both men are just as obviously in thrall to the rhythms and sophisticated melodic and harmonic shapes of classic Brazilian music.

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