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Nothing is more fun or exciting for a critic as to be introduced to an artist stone cold, no press release just "good buzz." On occasion good buzz is literally all that can be said on a release but not this time. Combine Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta with Israeli be-bop guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and the end result is one of the most solid and consistent releases of the year. Heed the buzz!
Vertical starts out with "Some Days," a light-hearted fast samba featuring fluffy flute and romantic guitar. Not a big surprise; guitarist Sandro Albert was born in Brazil and singer Milton Nascimento is a major influence. But as the session proceeds, though Albert remains in South America, he's not always on Rio's sunny beach. Turns out Heitor Villa Lobos was another major influence, and this album owes as much to that classical composer as to Nascimento or Antonio Carlos Jobim. Track six is "O
Light My Fire is Eliane Elias at her best and perfectly reflects her great talent as a composer, singer, songwriter and pianist. There are twelve songs on this excellent collection. Among the songs are found "Rosa Morena," "Stay Cool," "Aquele Abraco," "Light My Fire," "Silver Sandal," "My Cherie Amour," "Toda Menina Baiana," "Bananeira," "Made in Moonlight," "Turn To Me," "Take Five," and "What About the Heart."Having followed the musical career of Eliane Elias since the late 1980s, she has a
Sounds of Brasil by bassist Ark Ovrutski is a collection of interesting original compositions by Ovrutski that touch at the heart of Brasilian jazz and jazz in general. The ensemble is graced with the talents of Duduka Da Fonseca, Helio Alves on piano and the saxophone talents of both Craig Handy and Jorge Constinentino. Together these players bring Ovrutski's compositions to life with a depth that makes these contemporary pieces come across as if they were standards in the genre. Ark delivers a
The first cut here, "Espelho de tua força," has the expectant vibe of great things to come. What does follow is Brazilian-tinged jazz driven by consistently precise and colorful percussion--friendly but not exceptional. The flute is light and fluffy, the keyboard electronically mellow, the bass plump and springy. Alexandre Cunha provides the main excitement. He's a wonderful percussionist, fluent in the idioms of both American jazz and Latin rhythms, and active, but careful to fit in as he prod
Brazilian Jovino Santos Neto allows us to glimpse the contemplative side of the piano maestro on his latest double-CD of duets, Veja O Som (See The Sound), featuring 20 tracks recorded in both the U.S. and in Brazil. However, the samba, so close to JSN’s heart, provides the rhythmic pulse on the album. The sheer number of talented guests is exhaustive, and any real devotee of jazz would be remiss not to check it out. Monica Salmaso, Joyce Mareno, Paquito D’Rivera, David Sanchez, Bill Frisell, Ai
Brazilian Voyage indeed hits some breezy, swaying Brazilian highlights, but there are stops in Germany, New York and, perhaps, Kentucky. Even the samba-like tracks are more worldly than usual. Brazil's most famous classical composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, is represented by "Trenzinho Do Caipira." It's from his collection Bachianas Brasileiras, which honored the musical style of Bach. All of this could have turned out to be overly intellectual. It didn't. Villa-Lobos' noisy depiction of a little
Morello and Barth is a partnership between guitarist and saxophonist/flutist that found its full expression in the land of the Bossa Nova. In 2001 the two went to Rio with the intent to be close to the music. Their experience, the hospitality, the collaboration, the creativity became “Fim De Semana Em Eldorado” (Weekend in Eldorado). This truly wonderful recording of Samba and Bossa Nova compositions bridges the old with the new. Two young musicians come together with the music of a country
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