Antonio Adolfo

Puro Improviso

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Antônio Adolfo, an experienced arranger/pianist for major names in Brazilian music, with a resumé ranging from the bossa nova/Beco das Garrafas days when he composed the hit "Teletema" (with Tibério Gaspar) until his recreations of the instrumental works of the first Brazilian female conductor Chiquinha Gonzaga, explores new directions on this album. Puro Improviso, or "pure improvisation," is an unpretentious project described by him as his lifelong dream: just to sit at the piano and register the music spontaneously created on the spot. As he said, it would be even better to be able to capture incidental sounds as bird singing, falling rain, or traffic, but in the end he opted for just plain studio recording due to the higher quality.

The result is not a paradigm-breaking release; it's a competent delivery of a soothing sound, properly suited not only for relaxation and meditation but for focused listening as well. Calmly paced yet always moving, scented of stylized northeastern baião rhythms and Southeast samba, it is distinctive enough of this musician's personality, of which make part some Jarrett/Gismonti echoing here and there as references.

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