Brazilliance by Jerry D'Souza
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His rendition of Jobim’s “Corcovado (Quiet Nights)” and the Menescal/Boscoli chart “O Barquinho” are nothing particularly new, and Figueira’s nasal English vocals on “Corcovado” irritate more than they soothe. He tries to drag words across the preceding or succeeding bar for the sake of variation, but this is something even Sinatra couldn’t always pull off. Figueira is more at home with the scat-like rapidity of “Preta-Porter de Tafetá.”
For Brazilian jazz fans looking for a solid contemporary remake of some familiar bossa nova standards mixed in with a bit of enjoyable fresh material, Brazilliance ought to fit the bill. But there are definite alternatives, namely When Baden Meets Trane , by another artist on the new Blue Toucan label, pianist Glauco Sagebin.
For more Blue Toucan reviews, please see Toucan Play That Jazz Game .
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