Mark Weinstein: Jazz Brasil (2011)

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Mark Weinstein: Jazz Brasil
Jazz Brasil continues flautist Mark Weinstein's odyssey through the world of Latin jazz. The former trombonist-turned-philosophy-professor-turned-flute-phenom has delivered a steady stream of Latin jazz releases that highlight material from well-known Latin American composers, deal with original material, and deliver Latin-ized takes on jazz classics. His previous release, Timbasa (Jazzheads Records, 2010), tackled Cuba with percussion-heavy gusto, and Weinstein now turns his sights westward from that locale, visiting the music of Brazil.

Weinstein and his more-than-capable quartet cover the cream of the crop, with healthy helpings of Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
("I Mean You" and "Ruby My Dear") and Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
1927 - 1994
piano
("If You Never Come Along" and "Triste") placed alongside music from Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
, Herbie Mann
Herbie Mann
Herbie Mann
1930 - 2003
flute
and Ary Barroso, each piece authentically shaped within the Brazilian traditions. Weinstein's alto flute proves to be soothing and warm on Shorter's "Nefertiti," and drummer Marcello Pellitteri creates a light percussive layer that evolves underneath the action. Jobim's "Triste" is Brazilian-by-birth, but pianist Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
b.1943
piano
creates some montuno-like movements at times, and delivers one of his most engaging solos on the record. Bassist Nilson Matta's "Sambosco" is one of the bouncier numbers on the program, but the band takes a mid-track pause for an unaccompanied, tom-heavy solo from Pellitteri.

Blues are visited via Brazil on fellow flautist Herbie Mann's classic "Memphis Underground," held in place by a rock-leaning groove and highlighting Weinstein's bass flute work, while saxophone titan Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
1937 - 2001
sax, tenor
's "Isotope" features explosive solo work from Matta and Pellitteri. Gentler fare comes in the form of Jobim's "If You Never Come," Weinstein's "Dawn's Early Light," and Monk's "Ruby My Dear," which begins with an all-too-brief piano introduction from Barron.

Weinstein covers all of his stylistic and repertory bases on Jazz Brasil—another fine collection of music from a man rightfully viewed as a leading light in the world of Latin jazz.

Track Listing: I Mean You; Triste; Nefertiti; Brazil; Ruby My Dear; Sambosco; Dawn's Early Light; Memphis Underground; If You Never Come To Me; Isotope.

Personnel: Mark Weinstein: concert, alto and bass flutes; Kenny Barron: piano; Nilson Matta: bass; Marcello Pellitteri: drums and percussion.

Record Label: Jazzheads

Style: Latin/World


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