Glauco Sagebin Trio

When Baden Meets Trane

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Glauco Sagebin may be a Brazilian pianist, but don't let that fact fool you into thinking that you know what this album is going to sound like. Bossa nova and samba rhythms are more of an influence than an explicit factor in this music, and instead of fronting a large band rich with Latin percussion, on When Baden Meets Trane he leads a standard piano trio, with bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Paulo Braga. The album title is somewhat misleading -- there are no Baden Powell tunes here and no John Coltrane compositions either; the phrase is meant only to be evocative of a blend of Brazilian and American jazz influences. Sagebin is a brilliantly inventive pianist, one who is at his best on slow and midtempo numbers; he seems to know himself well enough to be conscious of that fact, and after opening the program with the rhythmically blurry and slightly disappointing title track, he settles into a better set of tempi. His take on "Fascinating Rhythm" is sprightly enough, but much more sharply defined, and he layers rhythmic dislocations on top of the familiar melody with both charming good humor and mathematical precision. Even better is his gently complex rendering of Antonio Carlos Jobim's"Olha Maria" (note how Braga's restive drums keep the energy level high beneath Sagebin's contemplative piano), and perhaps best of all is his gorgeous setting of "Nada Como Ter Amor," on which his solos are simple but elegant and exquisitely tasteful. Very highly recommended.

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