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HELIO ALVES

Piano Player

 
 

HELIO ALVES

Piano Player

Bio


A native of São Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the

rhythmic complexity of modern Brazilian music with the edgy energy of

contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the '90s, Alves has

received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe

Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Sadao Watanabe, Slide Hampton, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Paquito D'Rivera, Joyce,  and Rosa Passos to name but a few. 


Helio has also released four albums under his own name: "Trios" (1998), "Portrait in

Black & White" (2004), "It's Clear" (2009) and most recently, "Musica"

featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero

Lubambo.

 

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 REVIEWS

"Alves is a pianist whose instincts are lush and romantic and expansive-and driven by an inner pulse.”
Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

“Alves has sublety, musicality and a extraordinary facility for improvisation…” “…exceptional melodic improviser…”
-Roberti L. Doerschuk, DownBeat Magazine

"Alves is a pianist whose instincts are lush and romantic and expansive-and driven by an inner pulse.”
Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

“Combining their inventive sound with a forward-thinking musicality, Helio Alves consistently manage to hit all the right notes. With undeniably unique songs and engaging performances, this is one Musician to keep your eyes (and ears) on.”

“I’ve been to a few Helio Alves performances, and it never ceases to amaze me how they perform each song with such passion and enthusiasm, just as if it were the first time they were playing it live.”