Getting the Brazilian-Berkeley Choro Groove
"It’s almost like chamber music with a groove.
San Francisco Classical Voice
By Jeff Kaliss | January 8, 2017
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"On November 7, 2010, I went to hear Berkeley Choro at Avonova. I expected it to be pretty good, but it wasn't—it was excellent. The musicians played cohesively and very musically and it swung like crazy. The sound and blend was musically beautiful. The songs were a nice mix of choro and bossa classics and originals. You could go and hear this group of players again and again and never get tired of it."
Review of Berkeley Choro's November 7th Concert at Avonova by Mark Rosengarden—drummer, percussionist and producer who played and toured with Walter Wanderly, Vince Guaraldi, Herbie Mann, Viva Brasil and others; He produced Viva Brasil's debut album, "Viva Brasil" in the 80's
"I discovered chorino music, as it's called in Brazil, quite by accident when I heard it at a club in Rio. The lilting sound mixes African-based percussion with classical European instruments such as guitar, sax and even clarinet. It's not samba nor Bossa Nova. "If samba is like rhythm and blues," one chorino musician in Brazil told me, "then chorino is jazz."
Reese Erlich, Jazz Perspectives