Serginho Trombone

Serginho Trombone

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One of the excellent Brazilian instrumental musicians, Serginho Trombone faces the same curse that ravages the genre -- the lack of interest by audiences. To promote some repercussion for his album, the musician opted for a light approach, based in danceable pop/funk. Layers of keyboards and drum machines irremediably dilute the integrity of his music, but some of his solos made it clear that he could record a jazz album if he wanted. All are originals, except "Maracangalha" (Dorival Caymmi). "Maracaturama" has a duet with Sérgio Abreu, from the Duo Assad, which had world fame and success as the best classical music duo. But the track doesn't have much air to breathe -- under the pop obsession for effects there is little room for solos. The album may appeal, for Abreu and guests' (Márcio Montarroyos on trumpet, Bidinho on trumpet, Mauro Senise on alto saxophone, Celso Fonseca on guitar, and others) extreme musical competency, to instrumental pop/funk fans, but not to jazz listeners.

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