Various Artists

Jazz Brazilia: New Wave Acoustic Jazz and Beyond

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This is the companion volume to the excellent Brasilia Acoustico (Nascente 065). It continues in the vein of the earlier disc in that it highlights the latest evolution in traditional and popular Brazilian song forms such as choro, samba, bossa nova, modhina, cançao gafiera, and more. The difference is that while the previous disc showcased its emphasis on singers, this one, while including singers, digs deeply into the adventures in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation these timeworn forms are undertaking at the hands of young musicians from all over the country. The set opens with a steamy Pagode samba called "Pagoda Jazz Sardhina's Club" by Rabo De Lagartixa (The Lizard's Tail). The tune is meant to played outdoors and shimmys along at samba heat, flowering in the middle section with entwining guitar and mandolin solos amid the small-instrument percussion and the flavor of the dance saturating it. On numbers four and 12 by Agua Di Moringa, a chorino group, the approach becomes very contemporary, with glorious use of the clarinet as a stride and solo instrument as well as the caipra, with its deep blues flavor of being played bottleneck style at dizzying yet swinging tempos. The tunes are choros written by other composers, but are played in a style that encompasses all of the pop underpinnings that have developed in Brazilian music during the last 35 years of the 20th century, and yet comes across as steaming, burning jazz with lovely improvisation throughout. It would be easy to rave about every track on this fine collection, but it would be pointless because as descriptive as words are, they can never begin to capture the hot, sensual, churning rhythmic wind that blows with seductive, innovative force through these recordings.

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