Adriano Santos Quintet: In Session (2010)
The opening Raul Mascaranhas' "Sabor Carioca," is a brisk lively number typical of what one would expect to hear in a carnival atmosphere. With David Binneyleading the charge on the alto saxophone and pianist Helio Alvesproviding back up chords, Santos and percussionist Dende seal the music with their combined percussive contributions. The music takes a softer road at first before kicking in with more gyrating Brazilian flavored rhythms on the following Milton Nascimento piece, "From the Lonely Afternoons" featuring more of Binney's and Alves' exemplary play.
"Contemplacao," penned by Jao Theodore (J.T.) Meirelles, considered one of the creators of samba-jazz, is the highlight of the disc, moving in mid-tempo mode, the melody is infectious and catchy. From that gentler chart, Santos once again moves into high-energy territory on the Victor Assis Brasiltune "Pro Zeca" containing a slice of the samba sound, the music is contains some of Binney's best work, another Alves piano charge and Santos' expressive drum solos.
Closing with a very fine rendition of the Dori Caymmicomposition "Ninho da Vespa," Santos' In Session caps an exciting set of vibrant Brazilian jazz complete with an interesting selection of music, a heavy percussive base and a stellar crew that brings the music to life.
Track Listing: Sabor Carioca; From The Lonely Afternoons; De Ton Pra Tom; Xibaba; Contemlacao; Prozeca; Amphibious; Ninho Da Vespa.
Personnel: Adriano Santos: drums, percussion; David Binney: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone; Helio Alves: piano; Dave Ambrosio: acoustic bass; Dende: percussion.
Record Label: Kingjazzad Music