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Karolis B. OJM was a great discovery for me, just like João's musical universe. Artistically, this CD surpasses all expectations and should be in the collection of all large ensemble jazz fans! Compositions, arrangements, solos - lately I'm still delving into this project and it still amazes me! It would be hard to pick a favourite track, so I'll go with Certeza, Fado Chão and Pode Ser Uma Serra. Best regards and thank you!
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Certeza 08:27
Fado Chão 04:18
Candeia 07:55
Tristo 07:39



In 2012, Guimarães Jazz proposed a collaboration with Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, the pianist and composer João Paulo Esteves da Silva and the record label TOAP (Tone of a Pitch Music). This reunion resulted in the work that is now resumed, with three new compositions; the re-edition of this album confirms the importance of establishing partnerships between festivals, events promoting jazz, musicians and institutions.
Ivo Martins

It is easier to talk about sad things. Therefore, I don’t find much to say about this re-edition of Bela Senão Sem, which is only a cause for joy, except to utter jubilant exclamations like: Spectacular! Fantastic! Excellent! etc. But one thing must be said. So, here it goes: This is a revised and expanded new edition, in which the revision compensates for the expansion. Three solo piano tracks, improvised compositions recorded at OJM's headquarters, at Real Vinícola, were added, and the surprise track with the collective improvisation “Fantasmas” was removed, although it remains available on the internet. I find the result very balanced with the writing and arrangement pieces framed by improvisations, at the beginning and at the end, as if pointing to an upcoming album.
João Paulo Esteves da Silva


released July 5, 2021

Piano and Accordion: João Paulo Esteves da Silva
Arrangements: João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Pedro Guedes and Carlos Azevedo
Woodwinds: José Luis Rego, Manuel Marques, João Pedro Brandão, Mário Santos, José Pedro Coelho, Rui Teixeira
Trumpets: Gileno Santana, Rogério Ribeiro, Susana Santos Silva, Ricardo Formoso
Trombones: Daniel Dias, Álvaro Pinto, Andreia Santos, Gonçalo Dias
Guitar: Nuno Ferreira
Double Bass: Nelson Cascais
Drums: André Sousa Machado
Cello: Filipe Quaresma

All compositions by João Paulo Esteves da Silva, except Moché Salyó de Misraim - Traditional
Recorded by Mário Barreiros at Boom Studios on 10-11th November 2012 and at Casa da Música on 28th January 2013. Live recording by Hervê Freire at Guimarães Jazz on 15th November 2012.
Mixed and Mastered by Mário Barreiros
Produced by Pedro Guedes
Executive Production by TOAP, Guimarães Jazz and OJM

Bonus Tracks
Recorded by João Maya at CARA, 12th December 2018
Mixed and Mastered by Nuno Couto at CARA

Released by CARA, 2021


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OJM, is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to promote creation, research, education and public awareness in the area of Jazz. Founded in 1999 with the support of the Matosinhos City Council, today OJM plays the role of a National Jazz Orchestra. Combining international ambition with local community responsibility, OJM considers itself a pioneer in a largely unexplored territory. ... more

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