Glauco Sagebin: When Baden Meets Trane (2004)
Two Jobim charts (“Olha Maria” and “Luiza”) bookend three originals, as well as “Nada Como ter Amor” by Carlos Lyra. There is also a frenetic rendition of the Gershwins’ “Fascinating Rhythm” and a moody, languid take on Johnny Mercer’s “Laura.” Among these Sagebin’s bilingualism is always manifest. Whether reviving the music of his compatriots or the American standards of his current home, the pianist and bandleader is nothing short of expert. He comes to each one with a thoughtful, technically bold interpretation, though this sacrifices none of the requisite emotion, and in the case of bossa nova, the brooding, humble philosophising that gives much of the music its impetus and appeal. When Baden Meets Trane is an excellent disc: intelligent, engaging and full of nuance and flair. It should take pride of place when the Blue Toucan label is showing off its emerging lineup.
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Track Listing: 1. When Baden Meets Trane (4:23); 2. Fascinating Rhythm (3:38); 3. Olha Maria (3:40); 4. Short Story (5:38); 5. Earlier Departure (4:58); 6. Villa (5:52); 7. Nada Como ter Amor (4:06); 8. Luiza (7:25); 9. Rio Negro (4:06); 10. Pra Dizer Adeus (5:26); 11. Laura (6:31)
Personnel: Glauco Sagebin: piano; Santi Debriano: acoustic bass; Paulo Braga: drums