Nivaldo Ornelas

Nivaldo Ornelas & Amilson Godoy

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Both long-time renowned performers, Nivaldo Ornelas and Amilson Godoy bring to this live-recorded album (they don't perform together, each one has his solo act, although the inlay can be -- purposefully? -- misguiding) some of their beautiful themes where parsimonious improvisation counterpoints written parts. More commercially bent yet tasteful, Nivaldo's section won't scare away people not fond of wild jazz improvisations, but at the same time it is several notches superior to the average instrumental pop release. The Brazilian and contemporary pop rhythms, delivered through electronic piano, acoustic soprano sax, electric bass (with some dispensable yet discrete slaps), and crying/pop guitar may appeal to a broader audiences than an acoustic set would, but the artistic integrity is kept nevertheless. Amilson at his acoustic solo piano is energetic and vibrant but also peaceful and romantic (never corny). All the way Brazilian, both his piano playing and compositions, richly harmonized yet never revolutionary, deliver his vision that cannot be confounded with jazz music. The album is not for a die-hard jazz fan, but it works perfectly for instrumental music lovers.