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Essays and Excerpts:
Brazilian Music Archive

Essays, Album Notes, Reviews, and Book Excerpts by Chris McGowan
(archived  at  the  Huffington Post,  Brazilian Sound blog, or at this site)


Carlos Lyra: 60 Years of Bossa Nova

Luciana Souza: A Bossa Nova Baby Makes Her Mark in the Jazz Realm

Brazilian Harpist Cristina Braga Explores Samba, Jazz and Love

Jorge Benjor's "Mas Que Nada"

The Girl from Ipanema: 50 Years Old in 2013

Another Side of Jazz Samba: An Interview with Buddy Deppenschmidt

Brief Notes: Dominguinhos

Blame It On The Bossa Nova: Jazz Samba's 50th Birthday

The Muse of Tecnobrega Boosts Brazil's Latest Musical Export

Gaby Amarantos: The Muse of Tecnobrega

Interview with Jovino Santos Neto
(and His Ten Favorite Hermeto Pascoal Recorded Pieces)

João do Vale: the Poet of Maranhão

Brazil's Coffee Valley Music Festival Draws Crowds to Historic Region

Our Book Inspires a New Milton Nascimento Album

Brazil's Hidden Magical Music Festival

Brazilian Rock's Guiding Light, Ezequiel Neves, Passes Away

The Late Blooming Helena Meirelles

Blame It On the Bossa Nova: 50 Years of Sublime Music

John Lennon & Antonio Carlos Jobim

Journalist-Director José Emilio Rondeau
on Brazilian Rock 'n' Roll: Past and Present

Bahia's Blocos Afro & Afoxés:
Changes in Salvador's Carnaval

Author Chat: Brazilian Sound co-author Chris (J.C.)
McGowan talks about "The Brazilian Sound" book

Brazilian Popular Music Bestsellers

Interview with Belem's Cravo Carbono (in Portuguese)

More: The Brazilian Sound at Blogspot

Album Liner Notes
 Sérgio Mendes: Brasileiro


Select Quotes
Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha
have been quoted in these articles:

Brazilian Zouk Dancing Gains Popularity in U.S.
Christine Armario, Associated Press, May 1, 2014

Ivete Sangalo, a Brazilian Belter, Extends Her Reach
Larry Rother, The New York Times, August 16, 2013

Mas Que Nada
"Song to Soul" show, BS TBS (Japanese TV), July 2013

Elis Regina
Emma Smith, Radio New Zealand, September 28, 2012

Brazil's Michel Telo Becomes an International Country-Western Star
Luis Vieira, Fox News Latino, February 4, 2012

Brazilian, But With a Different Beat (Otto)
Larry Rohter, The New York Times, August 19, 2009

Ignored for Decades, They're Suddenly a Hot Band (Os Mutantes)
Larry Rother, The New York Times, April 15, 2001

Airto Moreira Returns With Homeless
Chris Nickson,, September 15, 2000

The Brazilian Sound is mentioned here:

Milton Nascimento grava CD com jovens músicos
de Três Pontas, cidade onde cresceu

by Leonardo Lichote (O Globo)
January 11, 2010


The Brazilian Music Book by Chris McGowan
(now available on Kindle)

Interviews with 24 Brazilian musical icons, including Antonio Carlos
Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Milton Nascimento, Djavan, Lenine, Cristina Braga,
Gal Costa, Ivan Lins, Laurindo Almeida, Luciana Souza and Dori Caymmi.

Read it on Kindle or with the Kindle app for iPad, Android, and Samsung.

The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil

The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the
Popular Music of Brazil (Temple University Press)

by Chris McGowan & Ricardo Pessanha

 The Brazilian Sound (available here)