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has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D’Rivera, Gato Barbieri, Dave Samuels, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim and Oscar Castro-Neves, to name but a few. Alves has recorded two Reservoir releases with Roditi, Samba Manhattan Style (1995) and Double Standards (1997). He is also featured on Roditi’s 2009 release “Brazilliance X4 (Resonance) as well as “Simpatico” (Resonance 2010).
From 1995 to 1997, Alves toured extensively with Joe Henderson’s DoubleRainbow Quartet celebrating the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and was featured in the Grammy-winning release, Joe Henderson’s Big Band (Verve, 1996). Alves was the pianist on Grammy-winning releases by Yo-Yo Ma (Obrigado Brazil, 2003) and Paquito D?Rivera (Brazilian Dreams, 2002), and on the Grammy-nominated Samba Jazz Fantasia (Malandro Records, 2002), by Duduka Da Fonseca, and “Forests” (Zoho Music 2008) by the “Brazilian Trio”, that he co leads with Da Fonseca and bassist Nilson Matta.
His growing discography includes releases by Rosa Passos (Amorosa, SONY/Classical, 2004), Joyce (Samba Jazz e Outras Bossas, Far Out Recordings, 2007 and “Slow Music, Biscoito Fino, 2009), Louis Hayes ( The Time Keeper, 2009), Slide Hampton (Slide Plays Jobim, 2002), Sadao Watanabe (Sadao With Brazilian Friends, Warner 2010) and Gino Sitson (Bamisphere, 2005, and Way To Go, 2009). He’s also been featured on recordings and performances with The Caribbean Jazz Project, Phil Woods, Herbie Mann, Gal Costa, Sadao Watanabe, Randy Brecker, Don Braden, Santi Debriano, Hendrik Meurkens, Paul Winter, David Sanchez, Harry Allen, The New York Voices, Andy Narell, Mike Stern among many others.
Helio has also released four albums under his own name: “Trios” (Reservoir Music, 1998), featuring John Patitucci, Al Foster, Nilson Matta and Duduka Da Fonseca, “Portrait in Black & White” (Reservoir Music, 2004) featuring Matt Wilson and Santi Debriano, “It’s Clear” (Reservoir Music, 2009) featuring Romero Lubambo, Scott Colley and Ernesto Simpson and “Musica” with Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo
first contact with Jazz was as a child when his Grandfather would practice his drums to the recordings of Stan Getz and Dave Brubeck, leaving a lasting impression on him.
“I loved music from the time a was born. I refused to go anywhere without taking my Mother’s records. I always knew I would become a musician. I settled on the Guitar after I heard Jimi Hendrix. Previous to this I wanted a Saxophone or a Bass. Hendrix led me to all The King’s ( B. B., Albert and Freddy ) and my first jobs were playing Blues, Funk and R&B. I later worked backing many Motown Legends and did sessions with some of the Funk Brothers (Johnny Griffith, Pistol Allen, Joe Hunter) and Motown arranger David Van dePitte. I really wanted to play Jazz after I discovered Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter. My main Jazz influences have not been Guitarists. Other influences include McCoy Tyner, Ravel, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Burt Bacharach and Frank Zappa.”
Recorded with Cindy Blackman, Carlton Holmes, Dwayne Burno, Allen Farnham, Sean Smith, Tomoko Ohno, Chip Jackson, Ugonna Okegwo, Dion Parson, Ted Rosenthal, Daoud David Williams, Calvin Hill, Bradford Hayes, Charles Davis, Michael Cochrane, The Spirit of Life Ensemble and Brazilian vocalist Yashmin Charnet, whom he married in May of 2004.
Paul also started his association with Chesky Records film / TV division – Manhattan Production Music with 2 projects Jazz Trio & Bossa Nova .
His latest CD release is “Fearless” featuring Cindy Blackman, Marion Hayden & Carlton Holmes on the Bossa Nova Music label.