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The "Choro Novo" Guitar Quartet

Ben Sher Guitarist

I'm pleased to announce the formation of a new group, the "Choro Novo Guitar Quartet". This is a group of myself and three other outstanding guitarists. The music is my arrangements of compositions  in the  Brazilian and Latin traditions by composers such as Pixinguinha, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Granados and Joao Donato. The group plays in a unique style,  blending  the intimacy and contrapuntal style of chamber quartet, with the  excitement and spontaniety of jazz improvisation.

Ainda Me Recordo

Spanish Dance

Bossa Nova Medley

About The Musicians

Shu Odamura

Shu is a unique guitarist who blends classical technique with jazz improvisation. He is a master of Brazilian music and a former student of mine at Berklee College of music. 

Shu won the " juror's special prize" in the 2003 Gibson Guitar Contest in Tokyo and was and was the recipient of the  Toshiko Akiyoshi Award at Berklee College of Music.Shu currently lives in New York and was named the Top 3rd Acoustic Guitarist by the 32nd Jazz Station poll

Larry Corban

Larry is a veteran jazz guitarist on the New York scene. He appears frequently on Broadway shows including Spider Man, Motown, All Shook Up, and Mary Poppins. He has two recordings with his trio appears in jazz clubs around New York including the Why Not Jazz Cafe and the Garage

Nobuki Takamen

Guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen is originally from Hiroshima, Japan. A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, Nobuki has toured with his gourp in the USA, Canada and Europe,

He has four albums released on What's New Records and Summit Records. Nobuki's playing and music have been featured in publications worldwide, including DownBeat, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar, AllAboutJazz, Jazz Podium (Germany), Jazz'n'more (Switzerland), Jazz Special (Denmark), Musica Jazz (Italy) and Jazzwise (UK).

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