- REVIEWS -
Frank Ferruci on track "Free" of his CD Jewel Eyes, 2009
"Free", a difficult piece to perform, is a fast Baiao, a rhythm from the state of Bahia, Brazil, with Portinho and Lincoln swinging and swinging. For this piece and "Cenote" I brought in Brazilian electric guitarist Claudio Celso who claimed to be a "rock guitarist". Listen to his solos on both these tunes and for the incredible energy he brings to them. Cenote begins quietly, featuring the subtle and beautiful voice of Ilana Morillo. The piece does not remain subtle for long, and the rhythm builds and sound builds to a climatic guitar solo by Claudio Celso. Cenote is the Mayan term for well, evident in Central America. I was inspired to write "Cenote" by stories of sacrifice, worship, and the central communal nature of these sacred wells that I visited in Yucatan. Ilana's voice and Claudio's guttural guitar solo paint the extremes of this culture".
"What do the Jazz legends Jaco Pastorius, Chet Baker and drummer Billy Hart have in common? Answer: all of them have had the sophisticated musical help from Brazilian guitarist Claudio Celso. Claudio has lived in the US for 25 years where he built his career and forged his style, a perfect fusion of impeccable technique and deep jazz roots with a musical brain connected to all world music tendencies and sounds of Brazil. His CD Swell has all this and much more. Claudio´s enlightened original compositions and his version of classic pieces get indeed real close to perfection. Both the title song "Swell" and the track "Tudo Azul em Monicaland" display subtle bossa nova elements, "Bye Bye Brasil" by Chico Buarque gained a fabulous be-bop version. Another nice surprise is the track "Hades" with a mysterious atmosphere and linear melody emphasizing the melodic lines of Claudio´s guitar".
Guitar Cover Magazine – Issue 145/January 2007
"Claudio Celso has just launched his marvelous CD Swell - A Brazilian Cool Jazz Experience and his interview to Guitarra Cover Magazine has been one of the best in the magazine´s history."
Paradise This Week Newspaper, Jazz/rock guitar sensation Celso rocks Virgilio´s, Key West, Florida, 2004
"Brazilian jazz/rock guitar superstar Claudio Celso hits town this weekend for gigs at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Virgilio´s Lounge on Duval Street. The show will be Celso´s only appearance in North America, and features the talents of local saxophonist/flutist Marry Stonely, Puerto Rican drummer Junito, ex Peter Tosh/Jimmy Cliff, guitarist George Victory and bassist Pepe Aparicio."
Borders Bookstore, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2001
"On Sunday, February 18 from 3-5pm, RCA and Sony recording artist Claudio Celso will be here. This amazing guitarist, composer and producer has appeared at all the top jazz festivals, and has played with artists like Roberta Flack and Richie Morales from Spyro Gyra. This afternoon, he´ll introduce us to cuts from his latest CD Brazilian Jazz. Gina Martell from WTMI´s BrazzJazz will serve as emcee for the Sunday event.
News Press Newspaper on Claudio´s Concert at the Margaret Morrow Frizzell Amphitheater in Fort Myers, Florida, 1999
"Claudio Celso will perform tonight... Saturday´s concert will feature pieces from Celso´s new CD Brazilian Jazz, which fuses Brazilian rhythms with contemporary jazz, New Age and pop. "When you hear acoustic guitar, you think of a certain kind of music" - says Jessica Neron, the Alliance´s director of public relations. "This kind of defies a certain boundary".
O´Hara´s Jazz Club Newsletter, Florida, 1998
"O´Hara´s is excited to host a CD release party for Brazilian guitarist Claudio Celso and his new CD titled Brazilian Jazz by Claudio Celso. This highly acclaimed guitar virtuoso and all-star accompanist has performed with Roberta Flack, Kenny Kirkland, Randy Brecker, Terumasa Hino, Arturo Sandoval, Naná Vasconcelos, Jaco Pastorius and Paquito D´Rivera, and with his band at jazz festivals all over the world including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Cool Jazz Festival, the Earth Day Concert in New York City and the Monterey Jazz Festival. On his new CD, Claudio steps into the spotlight to display his phenomenal solo abilities with a collection of original tracks combined with traditional Brazilian favorites. Powerful, passionate and energetic, his CD is a journey into the realm of the exotic, yet exhibiting true musical class; when talent meets experience. Don´t miss his performance at O´Hara´s on Friday, Nov 13th. Claudio will also perform, courtesy of O´Hara´s, at the Hollywood Jazz Festival on Sunday, Nov. 15th at noon".
Love 94 Jazz Radio Newsletter, South Florida, 1998
"The Hollywood Jazz Fest! November 14th and 15h. features a fantastic lineup including a new guy on the scene - Claudio Celso. He is from Brazil and has a new CD out called Brazilian Jazz by Claudio Celso... something you heard this week on Brazilian Love Jazz. Gina´s picks: Check out the new CD from Claudio Celso. It includes some great music and I think you´ll like it! The CD´s got a kind of a Brazilian/Fusion sound to it. It´s interesting and unlike unfortunately so many local CDs I often get seems to be well produced, It´s always worth the money to do it right the first time, folks. Celso has played with some very well known musicians so I doubt he´ll stay local for too long. Check it out...
Maestro Nelson Ayres (Pau Brasil)
“Impeccable taste, refinement in every detail, perfect technique never used in vain and a permanent good mood. Claudio Celso belongs to a high class of composers and guitarists. Join his fan club. I sure did”.
Henrique Inglez de Souza (Guitar Player Magazine)
“A majestic work: delicate melodies upgraded by elegant and bold improvisations”.
Rubinho Barsotti (Zimbo Trio)
“Congratulations on your musicality, the happiness that you bring and the groove of the band with a unique taste as usual”.
Sérgio Dias (Mutantes)
“Claudio Celso is a major guitarist and his music makes you daydream with waves, surf, moonlight, summer breeze, tanned skins, a smile, the promise of a kiss... The best jazz guitarist I’ve heard in decades... Perfect marriage of musical depth and good taste”.