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TRE is the third album by Rodrigo Simoes. A new concept album through Canadian jazz label Three Pines Records under the inspiration of the number 3 where we may find the DNA of Rodrigo Simoes' sound: Latin guitar, Afro-Brazilian grooves and jazz fusion. 

M. Simoes joined forces with Mark Nelson (drums) and Carl Mayotte (bass) to forge a trio. On top of that there are 3 renowned guests: Jean-Pierre Zanella (saxophone and flute), Bianca Rocha (vocals) and Elli-Miller Maboungou (yambu).

TRE's music can be described as vibrant, joyful, diverse, dynamic, positive and energetic. The musical influences are clearly visible, ranging from Milton Nascimento, Mercedes Sosa, Charlie Parker, Airto Moreira.


Artist Stacy BBE created the overlapping images to forge the album cover,

again featuring numerous references to the number 3.


(Nov 2022)

Art cover of "Add 1 teco" single

“Add 1 teco – the very first samba in 9/4 – is the result of a clever rhythmic modification of the samba that goes off the beaten track. »

Claude Thibault, Jazz Nights outings


(Jan 2023)

Art cover of "Baião de 3" single

“Baião” rhythm is traditionally in 2/4. There's also a traditional Brazilian dish called “Baião de 2”. So, why not try an alternative on those themes?

[Baião de 3 recipe on the link]


(Feb 2023)


“Ibi” is the piece that inspired the whole project. I used to call it “All three”, since it uses 3 modes, has a three-bar melody period and many other coincidences. Also, Ibi is the short for Igbim, an Afro-Brazilian conga pattern in 3/4 that ignites TRE project.



« Rodrigo Simões will quickly make you forget the cold and the spray of winter with Brazilian Jazz. With this new album which features singer Sonia Johnson and saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella, we have a resolutely happy and dancing record. »

Christophe Rodriguez, Sorties Jazz Nights

« Brazilian jazz rhymes very often with bossa-nova, but Rodrigo Simões opens the door to much more than the style invented and popularized among others by Antonio Carlos Jobim. It takes us on the paths of the maracatú, the forró and the samba. »

Frédéric Cardin, ICI Musique

« Probably influenced by a line of soloists like Jim Hall, Pat Martino or Toninho Horta, he finds his phrasing, his own sound, while demonstrating a good quality of playing with the mandolin and the acoustic guitar. »

Ralph Boncy, VOIR

« That's really a discovery. To are taking the classic stuff and refreshing it !!! »

Marty Lebovitz, Basa Basa, CKUT 90.3 FM

Art cover of "Jazz brésilien" album
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Best Brazilian Jazz Album - Global Music Awards (Bronze Medal)
Nomination best vocal jazz album - 
Independent Music Awards
The 5 best 2018 jazz CDs from Quebec - Jazz Nights outings

Art cover of "Aos velhos amigos" album



Aos Velhos Amigos ("to old friends") is the first album by Rodrigo Simões. A mixture of original compositions and emblematic songs of Paraná, it is a tribute to this little-known region of Brazil where the musician was born. There is a cover of Gambá, a folk theme of fandango, and As mocinhas da Cidade, a song by the country duo Belarmino & Gabriela.

Bass, accordion, mandolin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and also viola caipira are in the spotlight.

The album cover offers a panoramic view of the incredible Guartelá canyon under the lens of João Inácio.

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