I am extremely honoured and happy to announce that my latest album "Nu Brasil" (ZM201808) has been released by the New York based label ZOHO Music on the 7th of September 2018 and is now available on all digital platforms. The album has some of the most amazing heavy weight jazz artists from Europe, Brazil and the USA, including drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, guitarist Marcus Teixeira, flutist Oriente Lopez, saxophonists Alexey Leon and Perico Sambeat, trumpeter Voro Garcia, pianists Helio Alves and Baptiste Bailly, bassists Ales Cesarini and Ariel Ramirez, singers Paula Santoro, Sergio Santos and Viktorija Pilatovic, rapper/drummer Devin Malloy, harmonica player Gabriel Grossi and percussionist David Gadea Al-Saforaui.
Please see latest reviews of album "Nu Brasil"
Contemporary Fusion Reviews: by Dick Metcalf
"...as I listen to Sergio’s splendid guitar on the percussion-driven opener, “Down South“, the “thrill is back” – no doubt!..."
"Trem Do Tempo” (Time Train) will sway you gently on your way to Latin jazz oblivion… I can (easily) see this one winning awards this year....",
O's Notes: "Guitarist Sergio Pereira is a Brazilian powerhouse following up his well-regarded debut, Swingando (4/3)"
I am a Brazilian guitarist, composer, arranger and producer from Rio de Janeiro. I have been living for many years in New York City and I am now sharing my time between NYC and Spain.
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The JWVIBE: by Jonathan Widran
"...Poring over the guest list – which includes natives of Spain, Cuba, France and Brazil – and figuring out who interacts with who when is almost as frolicsome as listening to Pereira’s brisk, breezy melodic lines.
"Nu Brasil” – one of the most spirited Latin jazz tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2018… you’ll be hearing this one in regular rotation on jazz stations across the country, guaranteed..."
Contemporary Fusion Reviews
ZOHO Music Recording Artist
LJN Latin Jazz Net: by Raul da Gama
"...Mr Pereira has also taken a leap into the great unknown, so to speak, with music that has complex orchestrations, thereby mixing the traditions of men like Laurindo Almeida and Baden Powell with those of Heitor Villa-Lobos..."
"Nu Brasil” album was in the ballots for the 20th Latin Grammy Awards (2019) in the categories for:
!. Best Instrumental Album;
2. Best Song in the Portuguese Language: Trem do Tempo; and
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JazzHalo: by Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther
with REZA KHAN BAND
Reza Khan: electric guitar
Mark Egan: bass (Pat Matheny)
Matt King: piano (Chuck Loab)
Sergio Pereira: acoustic guitar
Mauricio Zottarelli: drums (Eliane Elias, Chuck Loab, Toquinho)
Alexey Leon: sax/flutes
@ Club Matisse, Valencia - Spain
22 November at 20:30
"...His understanding of harmony, technique, and melodic form honed his skills as a composer, songwriter, arranger, and guitarist..." Five Star*****
"…Pereira weaves a gentle and joyous session of mostly bossa novas and does so without referencing Jobim..."
Robert Rush, Cadence Magazine
..."Some people just have the right touch... this is jazzy, snazzy and delightfully high octane in it's approach… if this is nu Brazil, put us down for more. Well done".
Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher – Midwest Record
..."It sparkles,glows, and sweeps you onto the dance floor. This is a perfect appetizer for the Brazil Olympics". Five Star *****
Grady Harp, Author, Los Angeles - Amazon
Silver Medal for "Nu Brasil"
in two categories:
- Best Brazilian/Latin Jazz
- Best Album
..."Sergio Pereira, an artist that displays great experience and a beautiful sensitivity that allows him to interpret every song of this project with great class and feeling…"
Bruno Pollacci, Animajazz, Radio Punto FM, Pisa Italy
TOP 40 JAZZ CHARTS FOR A STRAIGHT 12 WEEKS
The Lives and Times of Working Musicians.
by Paul Irwin
"...His guitar is soft yet intricate, full of so many flavors that instantly transport you to the Southern hemisphere..."
"...Pereira's compositions and arrangements lean toward the impressionistic, resulting in a sound that envelops you with warmth, vivaciousness and a miraculous gift of seduction..."
..."I absolutely love Sergio’s high-spirited Latin jazz guitar work...On “Chega Ai“, you’ll know you’re in the presence of a true Brazilian jazz master (our dearly departed musical friend George Duke would have loved this)..."
Improvijazzation Nation, USA
Billboard Magazine 61st Grammy's Edition (13/Nov/18). In the ballots.
For Your Consideration (FYC) - '"Nu Brasil" for "Best Latin Jazz Album" in the ballots.
Thanks to Grant Maloy.
Best "Brazilian/Latin Jazz Album"
Lemon Wire:by Dodie Miller-Gould
"Fans of Latin-infused jazz, and listeners who want to hear something different, “Nu Brasil” is the perfect album"