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Steve Barta: Another Life Brazil (2012)

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Pianist Steve Barta continues his musical travels through Brazil that started with Blue River (Source Music, 2001), a collaboration with flautist Herbie Mann
Herbie Mann
Herbie Mann
1930 - 2003
flute
. Mann joined Barta on Another Life Brazil, performing his valedictory on the title tune shortly before his death at 73, in 2003. None other than Hubert Laws
Hubert Laws
Hubert Laws
b.1939
flute
rounds out the wind parts on Another Life Brazil, but it is Mann's contribution that is the most compelling among an otherwise excellent Latin project.

"Another Life Brazil" was composed and sung by frequent Barta collaborator Lee Trees. The piece is dry and breezy, like the Caribbean breathing into Rio. Mann's support is warm and exact, melding well with Trees' assertive and confident voice. Barta steers the festivities as if sailing on a rich Mojito to the promised land. Barta and company remain confident and durable interpreters of Brazilian fare, and Another Life Brazil is excellent and compelling evidence.

Track Listing: Track #1; Track #2; Track #3.

Personnel: Steve Barta: piano; Dori Caymmi: Guitar; Paulinho de Costa: percussion; Herbie Mann: flute; Mike Shapiro: drums; Jerry Watts: bass; Lee Trees: vocals.

Record Label: Self Produced


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