Two for Brazil: Take Five (2003)
Fishman is a disciple of Stan Getz, and has a similar breathy sound, although a bit edgier. For the most part, his sax or flute compliments the melodic and rhythmic lead established by Garcia; occasionally he soars on his own in a solo or intro. Garcia is a master of rhythm and melody on his guitar, as well as vocally. This talent gives depth and fullness to the duo setting, adding another color to the tapestry.
Garcia's voice is like warm velvet in his ballad interpretations. In the up-tempo sambas, it is transformed into another percussion instrument with his scat-like vocalizations. Take Five is a very listenable album with a nice mix of tempos and styles. The ballads make me wish I'd studied Portuguese when I had the chance.
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This review first appeared in All About Jazz: Los Angeles .
Track Listing: Meio de Campo/ A Night in Tunisia/ Deixa/ Take Five/ Que Maravilha/ Pra Dizer Adeus/ Chovendo Na Roseira/ Aqui Oh!/ Anos Dourado/ Capim/ O Grande Amoe/ Menina Flor/ Januaria/ Batida Differente
Personnel: Paulinho Garcia- guitar, vocals; Greg Fishman- tenor saxophone, flute
Record Label: Jazzmin Records