Wednesday, June 8, 2016

R.I.P.: Aloisio Milanez Aguiar

(born on July 23, 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil;
died on July 08, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

Great Brazilian pianist and composer, who lived in the USA (both in NY and LA) for many years, Aloisio Milanez Aguiar passed away today, July 08, 2016, aged 69.

He recorded with such artists as Victor Assis Brasil, Arthur Verocai (not only on Verocai's debut album from 1972, as well as on the "Timeless" DVD released in 2010), Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Jon Lucien, Cal Tjader (a terrific performance on the track "Tamanco No Samba" from the "Amazonas" album), Ron Carter ("Patrão," alongside Edison Machado, Amaury Tristão, Chet Baker, Naná Vasconcelos), Adela Dalto (with whom he was married; btw, we met for the last time during a gig with Adela @ Birdland in NYC with Portinho Drums, Sergio Brandão), Airto, Frank Colon, and Gaudencio Thiago de Mello, among many others. 
As a leader, he released the albums "Child Of The Universe" (1992, with Claudio Roditi, Nilson Matta and Portinho), "King Of Hearts" (1997, with Matta, Portinho, Sergio Brandão, Paulo Braga, Airto, Widor Santiago and Adela Dalto) and "To Jobim With Love/Live At Vartan Jazz" (1998, with Brandão and Claudio Slon), among others.
My condolences to Adela, Shirley Alves de Souza and all his relatives.

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