Free Jazz Festival - Brazil
Substituting the Art Van Damme Quintet, which couldn't attend, Pat Martino (g) and John Ridl (p) evidenced a big power of communication and interplay in a highly subtle performance. Martino provoked pronounced tension as he played with rhythm, avoiding reiteratedly the obvious resolutions, while ideas flowed seamlessly in phrases in which chromaticism abounded. Ridl participated in the dialogue with great precision, complementing Martino's statements in a quasi-telepathic manner. The duo offered remarkable harmonic sophistication and melodic inventivity in Martino's originals like "Interchange", "Welcome To a Prayer", or in "Oleo" (Sonny Rollins).
Closing the night and the festival, followed the performance by the Phil Woods Quintet --- brilliant, as always. The pulmonary problems suffered by the leader weren't evident, absolutely, during his solos, which were long, fluent and perfectly enchained, both in terms of ideas and execution. Only after these, and as he left the stage in charge of Brian Lynch during all "Bus Stop" (Lynch), it would be more conspicuous that the old saxophonist needed to get his wind. In the same way, Lynch revealed himself as a great sensation, presenting virtuosic, inventive and brilliant solos in rapid tempi as in "So In Love" (Cole Porter). Also in ballads the two soloists topped expectations, shining in compositions like "People Time" (Benny Carter) and "Body And Soul". The audience thanked the juicy performance with long and enthusiastic applause, extensive to the wise selection by the fest's organizers, anticipating the next one and willing that something new happens so many other editions of the Free Jazz Festival occur in the future.
Alvaro Neder covered the festival by invitation of In Press Assessoria de Comunicação/ Concita Carvalho.