TGS PLAYER SPOTLIGHT - SANDRO ALBERT


Sandro Albert Spotlight


"Obrigado Villa" from his CD Vertical
TGS Spotlight Player from August 26, 2010

Music cannot be defined by technical mastery alone; it must emote a personal philosophy and passion as its source. Some people are born with music in their souls, and these are the people that change us forever.


Sandro Albert's love affair with music began on the streets of Porto Alegre, Brazil. At the age of 14, Sandro bought his first guitar from an ice cream vendor who played his instrument to the people walking by. Not long afterwards, a friend began to share his jazz collection with him. Some of his earliest influences were Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis and Brazilian icons Milton Nascimento and Antonio Jobim. To this day, the sounds and imprints of the busy streets of Porto Alegre can be heard in Sandro's music. Sandro is that rare phenomenon in the jazz world that is as equally gifted as a guitarist as well as composer. For the past half decade, he had dedicated himself solely to his music.


The Sandro Albert Quintet has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's, Catalina Bar & Grill, Yoshi's, the Blue Note among other venues. Sandro has played and/or recorded with major Brazilian and American artists such as Milton Nascimento, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Brenda Russell, Dionne Warwick, Rita Coolidge, Victor Bailey, Abraham Laboriel, Jimmy Haslip, Alphonso Johnson, Daryl Jones, Herb Alpert, Bill Charlap, Toninho Horta, Claudio Roditi, Russell Ferrante, Kenny Garrett, Harvey Mason, Peter Erskine, Antonio Sanchez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Vinnie Colaiuta, Luis Conte, Leon Ware, War, Raphael Saadiq, James Ingram and Robben Ford. In Brazil, Sandro found his magical sense of harmony and melody; in the United States, he defined his masterful improvisational style. Sandro is just finishing up his fourth album, Vertical. This new project showcases Sandro's incredible writing talents as well as his solo skills.


Visit Sandro Albert's website at www.daywooddrive.com/sandroalbert.htm


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