Franco D'Andrea


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This intriguing set features pianist Franco d'Andrea and his quartet playing 11 songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, but not as bossa novas. Although some of the songs are quite famous, d'Andrea deconstructs them, turning them into post-bop explorations and stripping them of the Brazilian rhythms. He is joined by altoist Andrea Ayace (who is slightly reminiscent of Lee Konitz in spots), bassist Aldo Mella, and drummer Alex Rolle on very different versions of such songs as "Corcovado," "The Girl From Ipanema," "How Insensitive," and "Dindi." Listeners with an open mind toward the rich Jobim melodies will find this set to be of strong interest.

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