"The ever vibrant Joanne Brackeen marked her upcoming 70th birthday...reunited with her longtime colleague, special guest Eddie was immediately apparent that this was to be a most happy reunion. Propelled by the percussion section of Adam Cruz on drums with the remarkable Zé Maurício on an arsenal of shakers, bells, rattles, tambourines, and hand drums that spilled off the stage and out into the room..." Russ Musto, All About Jazz, August 2008. "Eli a quartet with New Yorkers Aaron Goldberg, Ben Street, and Jeff Ballard. This has some good spots, particularly the cut with guest Zé Maurício on pandeiro..." Jazz Consumer Guide #12 "The cornerstone number of the performance was a piece translated as "tasty" in English, in which the quickness of Mr. Maurício on the pandeiro was most impressive." Nancy Plum, Town Topics "The precision interplay of strings is delicate yet robust, carried forward on Maurício's driving yet restrained percussive swing." Roots World 
 "... is a genuine happening, in which three vocalists and an airtight rhythm section serve up sambas, bossas and newer fare to an appreciative (and largely Brazilian) crowd." TimeOut Magazine "... regarded by many as the best representation of Brazilian music in the US today..." National Geographic
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