Not only an exceptional guitarist with a wonderful sound and great fluidity, Chico Pinheiro is a unique composer of originality and maturity, qualities that stand out on his solo recordings.
His first album ‘Meia Noite Meio Dia’ (Sony Music/ 2003) was released in 2003 with great reviews at all the most important newspapers and music magazines in Brazil and abroad, and was included in the ‘Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year’ in the major newspapers of Brazil: ‘O Estado de São Paulo’ , ‘A Folha de São Paulo’ and ‘O Globo’ . This well-received debut included performances from special guest vocalists Lenine , Ed Motta , Chico César , and Maria Rita .
His second release, ‘Chico Pinheiro’ (Biscoito Fino/ 2005) enjoyed great critical and audience acclaim, once more being included in the ‘Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year’ by newspapers ‘O Estado’, ‘O Globo’ and ‘Folha de São Paulo’.
The third album, NOVA , was released in dec/ 2007 in collaboration with the american guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson . It was, again, celebrated by critic and audience.
His fourth album, There’s a Storm Inside (CT Music Japan/ Sunnyside Records, NY, 2010) was released in 35 countries. It includes guests such as Dianne Reeves and Bob Mintzer, and was featured on theDownbeat, Revista Veja, O Estado de São Paulo, Folha de São Paulo, Jornal O GLOBO and Revista Rolling Stone among the ‘best albuns of the year’. This record also won prizes as Best Brazilian Jazz Álbum of the year and Best Latin Jazz Composition of 2010 with ‘Mamulengo’, in the Latin Jazz Corner Association, USA. Chico also won as Best Latin Jazz Guitarist, in the same association.
In 2012 he released the CD ‘TRIZ’, in partnership with the pianist and composer André Mehmari and singer and composer Sergio Santos. The album received highly favorable reviews and was also listed among the best albums of the year.
Meanwhile. Chico was elected as one of the RISING STAR/ Guitar by The DOWNBEAT Magazine – Annual Critics Poll list, along with Julian Lage, Peter Bernstein and Adam Rogers.
In 2017 Chico releases a new album – Varanda” – a collaborative project with Edu Ribeiro, Tiago Costa, B. Migotto and F. Salles, that again is figured in all the major papers and magazines in Brazil and abroad with wonderful reviews.
Today Chico is a remarkable presence in – and outside the Brazilian music scene, who has distinguished himself as a guitarist, composer and arranger. Besides his main projects as leader, he has collaborated with the ‘cream of the crop’ of Brazilian artists such as Joyce, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Dori Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, João Donato, Johnny Alf, Chico César, Ed Motta, César Camargo Mariano, Elza Soares, while also making his mark internationally, recording and playing with Placido Domingo, Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Nnenna Freelon, Bob Mintzer, Roberto Fonseca, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, The Paris Jazz Big Band, The Swiss Jazz Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band, The Seasons Guitar Quartet (w/ Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage & Steve Cardenas), Ari Hoenig, Gary Novak, Sammy Figueroa, Cachaíto Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club), Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Tom Scott, Eddie Gomez, Claudio Roditi, Duduka da Fonseca, Giovani Hidalgo, amongst others.