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Gustavo Assis-Brasil

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Born: February 22, 1973    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Based in Boston, USA, Gustavo Assis-Brasil began playing the guitar at the age of 13. He attended the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, to get his bachelor in classical guitar in 1995. During those years, he worked as a studio musician, private teacher and played with some important bands and projects (Nocet, Bichofolha duo w/Guilherme Barros) In 1995 he was featured in Guitar Player Magazine - USA (Spotlight session). In 1999 he got a full scholarship to get his Master Degree In Jazz at Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory. His main teachers were Mick Goodrick (Gary Burton Quartet, Pat Metheny), Wayne Krantz (Leni Stern, Steely Dan, Michael Brecker), Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Dave Fiucsynski (Screaming Headless Torsos), Rick Peckham, Larry Baione, and the South Indian ‘guru’ Prasanna...
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...[Hiro Honshuku] is supported superbly by Gustavo Assis-Brasil on guitar and José Pienasola on bass; this ensemble listens to each other, and the result is a very worthwhile musical experience. George Russell, jazz legend, author of The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

...It is stunning. One of the best new recordings we have heard this year. Souvik Dutta - www.abstractlogix.com 2003

Recognized for his unique stylings and innovative approaches(...). Lee Prosser, Jazzreview.com

...Gustavo shows a very intelligent way of legato playing and open triads (...). Spotlight , Guitar Player Magazine, February 1998

...With advanced ideas...Gustavo innovates blending Brazilian music with jazz-rock and experimental music.(...) Gustavo shows maturity, good taste and an amazing phrasing. Guitar Player Magazine, October 2003

It is rare to find young guitarists with maturity of masters. This is the case of Gustavo Assis-Brasil. He sent us one of the best works ever presented in this column… Regis Tadeu, Cover Guitar Magazine, 1997

I was very impressed with this album. This CD has a great mix of tunes from Fusion to Brazilian latin to tasty brush playing. The sound recording was also very nicely produced. Very Cool CD! George Shepherd - Drum ProJazz Magazine

Dazzling!! M. Varney, Spotlight, Guitar Player Magazine, 1995

What impressed me right from the first listen was the way the 3 (Dig Trio) of them play together, blending with a level of sensitivity and group dynamic often lacking in bands with such highly skilled individuals. Chris Aranosian - www.GodsofMusic.com

Great CD! Strong grooves, beautiful compositions, and masterful improvisations fusing a wide range of elements including Rock, Funk, Latin, and Contemporary Jazz. A must for those interested in progressive and lyrical instrumental music. An impressive display of power and versatility from three very talented musicians. Bret Willmott, guitar great, Berklee College of Music

Who is this Dig Trio that I speak of? How could I have the nerve to relate them to jazz greats like Hancock and Corea? It wouldn’t be fair to clump them in a group with other musicians because that would hide Dig Trio’s uniqueness. In fact, I can safely say that during these times of famous album reissues and old jazz greats packing in small NYC clubs lies an original band, Dig Trio. Blending jazz, funk, rock, and Latin with a hint of Brazilian into their compositions, Dig Trio unleashes improvisations into their progressive sound with ease. Alec DeSocio - CdReviews.com

Assis-Brasil’s writing and playing are exceptional. His sound, phrasing and harmonic sense are impeccable. Just Jazz Guitar Magazine

Feast your ears! The Dig Trio offers up a truly special blend of jazz rock fusion music. Their musical explorations into funk, samba, and swing, to name a few, show a deep respect for their musical roots while pushing the envelope full speed ahead in a modern direction. These are three superb musicians worth checking out! Rod Morgenstein, legendary drummer

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