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Felipe Salles

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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Felipe Salles

Felipe Salles is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who currently lives and performs in New York City. His group, The Felipe Salles Quintet is the result of this cultural fusion, a blend of elements from two of the richest musical traditions in the world: Brazilian/Latin music and Jazz.

Before coming to the United States, Felipe was active in numerous combos and bands as a saxophonist, composer and arranger. He played with such bands as Octeto de Musica Brasileira, Zerro Santos Big Band, Banda Farinha Seca, Zydeco Band, Santa Gafieira, Sampa Crew, Savoy Quartet, and the Axel Fisch Group, and has performed with Brazilian artists such as Daniela Mercury, Paulo Moura and Wagner Tiso. He has also appeared on the same bill as many prominent American artists, including Betty Carter, at Bourbon Street Club, in São Paulo, Brazil....
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”Felipe Salles has truly taken a step into the future with this CD. He has found a way to incorporate the rich musical heritage of his native country, Brazil ( with more than a nod to the genius Hermeto Pascoal), while at the same time incorporating sounds and colors from the advanced harmonies of 20th century contemporary classical music. Possessing a gift for orchestration and arranging, Felipe's music is definitely pointing to the future.” --David Liebman

”It’s always refreshing to witness the emergence of new and vibrant talent. Such is the case with saxophonist Felipe Salles new cd Further South. Salles contains an approach that is full of creativity and energy.” --Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz.

“Felipe and his fellow band members have a solid jazz album here [Further South] which will appeal to mainstreamers and ‘live jazz’ goers. The set includes all that is great in jazz, masterful playing, good delivery and thoughtful and intelligent arrangements.” --Wes Gillespie, The Jazz Site.

“Felipe Salles represents a new generation of musicians whose (pan-American) approach is expanding on the jazz tradition (ex: Miguel Zenon, David Sanchez, Osmany Paredes, Sebastian Schunke, etc).” --Thomas Peña, Latin Jazz Network.

“Recommended, Salles’ album [Further South] reflects both spontaneity through individual improvisation, and creativity from his inspired compositions.” --Jim Santella

“What attracts most of all in this recording [Further South] is Salles’ talent as a composer , which offers a wide variety of textures in his arrangements and an ease in his rhythmic treatment. (…) A solid album which predicts a beautiful career.” --Luc Delannoy, Jazz Magazine.


South American Suite
2008
Self Produced


Mind Motions
2003
Self Produced


Further South
2003
Self Produced

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