Adriano Santos: In Session (2009)
Santos chose an array of music written by some of Brazil's most revered composers. Compositions by Milton Nascimento, Airto Moreira, Moacir Santos, Toninho Horta and many others are performed with precision and passion and Santos' pulsating bass drum patterns are at the center of these songs. Percussionist Dendê helps to color the musiceven conjuring images of a misty rainforest once or twiceand he blends well with Santos in a few key solo spots. Bassist David Ambrosio locks in with the drums and percussion on these songs, allowing saxophonist David Binney and pianist Helio Alves some room to work their magic.
Binney's work on soprano saxophone and alto saxophone livens up the music and he seems to get stronger and more creative as the album goes on. His lengthy solo on "Pro Zeca" and his spicy work on "Amphibious" are two of his strongest performances. Alves is clearly comfortable in the musical waters of Brazil but he also shows a blues-based side to his playing during "Contemplação" and "From The Lonely Afternoons." Santos also demonstrates his diverse stylistic tendencies throughout the album. While his affinity for Latin grooves is obvious from the get-go, he shows off other strengths as he creates hypnotic ride patterns on "Xibaba" and drives the band with a train-like hi-hat pattern on the modernistic "Ninho Da Vespa."
With In Session, Adriano Santos has created a record that surveys the finest songwriters from his country, showcases the talents of his band members and highlights his impressive drumming all at once.
Track Listing: Sabor Carioca; From The Lonely Afternoons; De Ton Pra Tom; Xibababa; Contemplação; Pro Zeca; Amphibious; Ninho Da Vespa.
Personnel: David Binney: alto and soprano saxophones; Helio Alves: piano; David Ambrosio: bass; Dendê: percussion; Adriano Santos: drums, percussion.
Record Label: Self Produced