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Jazzical: Brazil by Joel A. Martin

For those who enjoy Jazz with a Brazilian theme, pianist Joel A. Martin's "Jazzical: Brazil" will become a very welcome addition to the home musical library! For those of you who recall the early recordings of pianist Peter Nero with his unique ability to fuse classical with jazz, you will discover in Joel A Martin a greatly creative individual in the same imaginative vein of approach! Total time on this CD is 43:09 minutes, wonderful minutes! Joining Joel A. Martin, is Steve Bargonetti on acoustic steel and nylon string guitars, Brian Q. Torff on double bass and Banchetti bass, Richard Crooks on drums and percussion, and Margo Ricci on background vocals for tracks 7 and 8. The musical selections are: "C'est l'extase langoureuse" ('Tis the ecstasy of languour) by Debussy; "Apres un reve" (After a Dream) by Faure; "The Sleep that Flits on baby's eyes" by John Alden Carpenter; "Corals" by Bryceson Trehame; "Cradle Song" by Xavier Montsaltvatge; "En Sourdine" by Faure; "Etude, Op. 2, No. 1" by Scriabin; and "Nocturne in F Minor, Op. 55, No. 1 by Chopin. Where Joel A. Martin adds his own vocals is worth listening to, for he has a very mellow and pleasant voice that blends well with the music he is performing. Everything about this CD has the touch of Brazilian jazz about it, and it is a worthy gift for a loved one or friend, and a good item to have in the Public Library jazz music section. This remarkable collection forms a highly melodic cd, one that will linger long in the listener's mind, and one to play again and again! For those who like Brazilian music, this is a must have CD for them. Excellent.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Joel A. Martin
  • CD Title: Jazzical: Brazil
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: MCS Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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