Bola Sete: Voodoo Village (2004)
As good as that recording was, Voodoo Village is even better. While on his earliest recordings Sete kept his influences distinct and separate, here his melds them into an interesting mélange on every track. While many bossa nova records were heavily orchestrated and sound dated today, Sete relies on a sparse trio setting for his recordings that keeps them fresh forty years later. Along with his usual fine playing and rhythmic sense, Sete shows a knack for creating lovely melodies, and most of the songs here are originals. "Lamento de Negro" is a tune Jobim would be proud to call his own, given an extra boost by the tasteful flute of Paul Horn, and "Cosolacao" is a lovely trio recording with shades of "So What." The only weak spot here is that some of the more extended improvisations like "Soul Samba" seem to go on until the tank just about runs dry, but they are balanced by brief, bouncy tunes that work within the bossa nova idiom without sounding derivative.
Sete's most famous association is his recordings with Vince Guaraldi, an artist from whom he clearly absorbed a gift for melody. However, it's good to see him get his due as an artist in his own right.
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Track Listing: 1. Bolido 2. Lamento de Negro 3. Influ
Personnel: Bola Sete-guitar; Johnny Rae-percussion; Paul Horn-flute; Monty Budwig-bass; Nick Martinez-drums; Sebastiao Neto-bass; Pauhlino-drums.
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz