Arthur Maia

Planeta Música

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In this instrumental release by bassist Arthur Maia, devoted to his preferred styles (soul, fusion, samba, pop), his simple melodies/harmonies are vehicles for competent performances delivered by the Brazilian rhythmic section and the guest soloists Mike Stern, Paquito D'Rivera, and Hiram Bullock. More oriented toward the building of atmospheres than the development of a form such as in jazz, the album nevertheless has some good solos scattered throughout, but the focus always remains on the vibrant polyrhythmic approach, with some relenting in songs like "Gôga" and "Depois do Amor." As the release title hints ("Music Planet"), several different countries and nations are referenced through the limited use of some elements of African, Arab, and Indian music, always merged in a kaleidoscope of sounds and processing, kind of a globalized Persian market that caters to contemporary tastes. Vocals also play a small part on this record; Ivan Lins/Victor Martins' "A Noite" was chosen as a more easily marketable single, and this is a subtle soul rendition.

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