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Further South by Felipe Salles

Further South, the debut CD by Saxophonist Felipe Salles is keeper. It has enough variety of tone and texture to relax you to bonelessness one minute and have you snapping your fingers the next. It could be the underscore of one of those romantic European art films.

Salles came from Brazil to study at the New England Conservatory of music. Since 1994 he has been performing in the Boston area and earning a Master's Degree and Graduate Diploma. All the songs on his debut CD are his own except the Mingus Ballad dedicated to Duke Ellington. Some of the compositions are personally inspired: "The Cage an almost progressive sounding cut, concerns Felipe's adjustment to American culture; While the in the forlorn "I Can See You From Here" the saxophone alternately whines and comforts in a lullaby voiced to his friends and family back home.

Felipe's tone on tenor is mellow and rich and he doesn't mind dipping into the historical legacy on the Sound of Love. The musicians feature the spirited trumpeter Tony d'Aveni, Pianist Alain Mallet, and the drum/bass team of Bob Moses and John Lockwood.

The first cut, "Triad Again" is smooth and wistful, yet adventurous. It's like an abstract painting with high trumpeting passages and mellow improvisation. Cut seven, "Noite a Dentro" has a mysterious quality like a night journey when you don't know where you might end up. The title cut "Further South", has its Latin influences, but there's more; the counterpoint of melody and bass line is hypnotic and perhaps a little edgy, before it settles back into more traditional rhythms. Altogether there's definitely variety her and it's all good!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Felipe Salles
  • CD Title: Further South
  • Genre: Brazilian Jazz / Brazilian Pop Jazz
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent
  • Rating: Five Stars
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