Helio Alves and the Brazilian Trio

Air Date: 2/14/2021

If you listen to my show or have been reading my blog, you know by now that I am just crazy about really good piano players, especially in trio format. Add Helio Alves to the list.  

Although he has lived many years in New York City, Mr. Alves was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He has become part of the 'New York Samba Jazz Scene' led by Claudio Roditi until the trumpeter's passing last year. Mr. Alves is in great demand as a sideman, and you may recall my recent interview with Hendrik Meurkens, whose new CD Manhattan Samba includes Mr. Alves on piano. "Everybody knows Helio" says Mr. Meurkens.

Mr. Alves' Brazilian Trio has released their latest CD, Águas Brasileiras, and you'll get to hear a number of songs from the CD on the next edition of the Sunday Jazz Brunch. In addition, I have programmed tracks from several earlier releases of Mr. Alves, with and without the Brazilian Trio.

The song Flying Over Rio from the trio's 2008 Grammy-nominated album Forests fits perfectly into the first hour. It is thoughtful, meditative, and nostalgic. Just delicious.

In hour two you'll hear Isabella from the trio's 2012 release Constelação. Then during Brazil hour you'll hear a Adeus Alf from Mr. Alves' 2012 release Musica. The song, written by Claudio Roditi, features his gorgeous flugelhorn solo.

Finally, you'll hear Mr. Alves on a track from Manattan Samba during hour three. 

Of course there will be plenty of other piano players for you this Sunday. Alan Pasqua, Yoko Miwa, Antonio Adolfo, George Kahn, Bill Cunliffe, Alan Broadbent, and others will all treat you to some of the best jazz piano to be heard today.

Please use the links on my homepage to listen to WICN live or to listen to any of my shows in our archives. I know we have many listeners on the west coast who wouldn't necessarily be ready to listen at 5am, so the archive is there for you, and anyone else who cannot tune in Sunday 8am-12pm ET.

Good health to you.


HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

  1. The Brazilian Trio-Aguas Brasileiras-08 Aguas Brasileiras-2020
  2. Gregory Porter-All Rise-04 If Love Is Overrated-2020
  3. Antonio Adolfo-Hybrido - From Rio To Wayne Shorter-08 Ana Maria 2017
  4. Brian Simpson-Unified-11 And Then You Loved Me 2020
  5. Alan Pasqua-Northern Lights-04 The Riptide-2017
  6. Wendolina-Tenderly-10 When October Goes 2005
  7. Yoko Miwa Trio\Songs of Joy\The Lonely Hours 2021
  8. Brazilian Trio-Forests-09 Flying Over Rio 2008
  9. Lee Ritenour-dreamcatcher-04 morning glory jam-2020
  10. Kenny Washington-What's the Hurry-08 Here's to Life-2020
  11. George Kahn Quartet-DreamCatcher-02 JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS-2020
  12. Johnny Hartman-For Trane-02 Violets For Your Furs-1971

HOUR TWO: New For You

  1. Kandace Springs-The Women Who Raised Me-01 Devil May Care-2020
  2. Uptown Jazz Tentet-What's Next-04 Change-2020
  3. Sinne Eeg & The Danish Radio Big Band-We've Just Begun-10 To a New Day-2020
  4. Take 6-12 Shall We Gather at the River (2008)
  5. Nils Landgren & Joe Sample-Creole Love Call-07 One Day I Fly Away 2006
  6. Brazilian Trio-Constelação-09 Isabella 2012
  7. Andrew Neu/Catwalk/Catwalk 2018
  8. Bill Cunliffe Trio-Sunrise Over Molokai-07 Sunrise Over Molokai 2019
  9. Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent-Quiet Is The Star-Roomspin Records - 08_If My Heart Should Love Again 2021
  10. Jeff Ellwood talks about the song 'For Roger'
  11. Jeff Ellwood-The Sounds Around the House-For Roger 2020
  12. Alan Pasqua-Soliloquy-04 I See Your Face Before Me-2018

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

  1. The Brazilian Trio-Aguas Brasileiras-08 Aguas Brasileiras-2020
  2. Zoe Scott\Shades of Love\Once I Loved 2021
  3. Jim Waller\Bucket List\01 Samba For Suzell 2020
  4. Eddie Daniels-Night Kisses-10 Lembra-2020
  5. Hélio Alves-Musica-07 Adeus Alf-2010
  6. Tanaóra-Día Real-04 Dia Real-2009
  7. Joao Gilberto-Joao voz e violao-09 Segredo-2000
  8. Joao Gilberto-Joao voz e violao-03 Eclipse-2000
  9. Hendrik Meurkens\Manhattan Samba\Clear of Clouds 2020
  10. The Brazilian Trio-Aguas Brasileiras-10 Vila-Madalena-2020
  11. Fleurine-Brazilian Dream Blooms-02 Dreaming-2020
  12. Rachael & Vilray-Rachael & Vilray (Disc 1)-04 Treat Me Better 2019

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

  1. Randy Brecker and Eric Marienthal-Double Dealin'-01 Double Dealin'-2020
  2. Lee Ritenour-Collection-10 Latin Lover 1991
  3. It'll Be Alright (Single) Keith Slattery Featuring Everette Harp 2021
  4. Chris Standring-Real Life-06 what-goes-around-M 2020
  5. David Garfield\Rainbow Seeker\Rainbow Seeker (single) 2021
  6. Jazz Funk Soul-03 TUESDAY SWINGS (2016)
  7. Norman Brown - Heart to Heart - Ocean Breeze
  8. Gerald Veasley-Velvet-12 Still Movin' On 2003.wav
  9. Euge Groove-Sing My Song-Of Course 2020
  10. Matt Bianco-Matt's Mood-05 Say the Words feat Basia 2004
  11. Richard Elliot\Snapshot\Secrets feat Rick Braun 2021
  12. Pieces of a Dream-All In-08 Up Till Dawn (2015)


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