Choro is one of my favorite Brazilian music styles. The stuff I posted here before (1, 2) is all original, historical choro from the early XXth century. But the style - now over a century old - is still going strong. The modern performers have the same problem as the jazz musicians in US - how do you stay true to the spirit of the music without falling into cliches? There is a modern duo that does so successfully: Zé da Velha (trombone) and Silvério Pontes (trumpet/flugelhorn). They found the right balance between respect for tradition - after all, this album is all out of Pixinguinha's songbook - and bringing jazz and samba elements to the mix.
Zé da Velha & Silvério Pontes - Só Pixinguinha (2006)
Outside links: one, two, three, four
1. Já te Digo
8. Ainda Me Recordo
10. Trombone Atrevido
11. Os Oito Batutas