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Erik Charlston JazzBrasil: Essentially Hermeto

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Erik Charlston is not shy about revealing his main influence. Not only did he title this album Essentially Hermeto after the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist/composer/mystic Hermeto Pascoal, he even starts the first track with the kind of rustling ambient sound that Pascoal loves so much. Unlike Pascoal himself, who might use that sound for a few minutes or an entire track, Charlston moves pretty quickly into “Vale de Ribeira"--like most of the selections on the album, a Hermeto Pascoal song. A straightforward Brazilian jazz tune, it features Charlston's precise tone on vibes, Ted Nash's winding solo work, and a solid beat structure ...

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Erik Charlston JazzBrasil: Essentially Hermeto

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No musical expedition to Brazil can be complete without a reverent doffing of the proverbial hat as the traveling musicians make an essential stop at Barrio Jabour, the place where the great Hermeto Pascoal lives. This is what vibraphonist and marimba artist Erik Charlston did. Fortuitously, he captured the resident and hovering spirits in the splendid Essentially Hermeto. This is an album of songs resplendent in the feelings of unbridled alegria; of joy, as they say, no matter where in Brazil men, women and children live. And because Brazil has a soul as deep as the deepest part of the ...



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