Joanne Brackeen

Breath of Brazil

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For Joanne Brackeen, this was an unusual record. The brilliant post-bop pianist performs three originals, plus a variety of Brazilian songs (including some by Jobim, Ivan Lins, Gilberto Gil and Egberto Gismonti) with her longtime bassist Eddie Gomez and two Brazilian musicians, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and percussionist Waltinho Anastacio. Although one would not think that Brackeen's percussive and adventurous style would sound comfortable playing softer Brazilian pieces, the pianist modified her style a bit and shows surprising flexibility. This is a delightful set, with the highlights including "Waters of March," "Velas" and "So Many Stars."

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