Ivo Perelman

Brazilian Watercolor

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By now, Perelman has established himself as a wickedly majestic torch thrower, with a melodic bent, in the tradition of Albert Ayler. Whether or not Perelman developed his sound independent of Ayler misses the point, which is that Perelman is one of the few saxophonists with the sound and stamina to sit in Ayler's shoes. This recording is bifurcated between pieces left over from Perelman's excellent pairing with pianist Matt Shipp on "Bendito of Santa Cruz," and the remainder a set with percussionists Rashied Ali, Guilherme Franco, and Cyto Baptista. The best tracks tend to be the ones with Shipp, with whom the saxophonist seems to share a natural affinity. Perelman proves himself an interesting pianist on a couple of pieces, though we only hear a glimpse of his potential. The saxophonist's takes of "Desafinada" and "Summer Samba" are characteristically triumphant and exultant.

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