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Zarvos’ acoustic piano works from composed impressionism. The session features Peter Epstein’s distinctive flute-like soprano sax with round edges. His interpretation of melody works well alongside swirling brushes on drumheads. There are no sharp edges. Glimpses of vibraphone, the occasional marimba for a walkabout effect... Each provides added proof that Zarvos’ chamber jazz is unique. There are subtle references to music from several different continents.
"Avenida Paulista" stands out as the one piece that’s different from all the rest. It’s drawn from Brazilian folk music. Saxophone, timbales, cello and piano swing with a dance-like charm, as the piece takes purposeful turns, becoming a miniature suite concentrating on Brazil’s folk culture. Recommended, Zarvos’ latest project is an excellent album with classical and world music overtones from a talented ensemble.
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Personnel: Marcelo Zarvos- piano, accordion; Peter Epstein- soprano saxophone; Dorothy Lawson- cello; Chris Dahlgren- double bass; Mauro Refosco- mallets, percussion; Satoshi Takeishi- percussion.
Record Label: MA Recordings
Style: Fringes of Jazz
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