In 2008 saxophonist/composer Felipe Salles offered up the superb South American Suite (Curare Records). The highly rhythmic ode to his home continent seemed a natural for Salles, who hails originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He now moves his focus to the east, across the Atlantic for the gorgeous Ugandan Suite, a collection brimming with surging rhythms and fluid reed work. The use of the geographical suite" in jazz, going back to composer/band leader Duke Ellington with his suites for Far East, New Orleans, Latin American, might be seen as a effort to bring more gravitas and respect to ...read more
Rapidly changing rhythms, crisp ensemble playing, a broad sonic feel and unique voicings define South American Suite, an adventurously composed look at Brazilian music from multireedist/flutist Felipe Salles. While he draws on Brazilian music, Salles eschews the breezy bossa beats that are typically associated with that country's jazz intercourse. Instead, he utilizes lesser-known styles such as choro, frevo and baião to inspire new extended compositions and advanced arrangements for a distinctive take on Latin jazz. In addition to Salles' cadre of saxophones, clarinets and flutes he has assembled an octet that is able to sustain the harmonic ...read more
Modern jazz is a virtuoso's art. More often than not, it's the capacity of the soloist that we listen for. And even though jazz is fundamentally about communication and the assemblage of sounds that forms a band, listeners get caught up in what the single voice can accomplish, whether it's a sax, guitar, or vibraphone.
As a result, it's sometimes a true pleasure to fall into a lush fabric of sounds. It's what Duke Ellington does for some. Although he writes in a very different vein than. Ellington, Felipe Salles also supplies this same form of ...read more
Saxophonist Felipe Salles’ sophomore recording, Mind Motions, continues on the melodic theme of dynamic material and strong musicianship. A native of Brazil, his sound blends music from his homeland as well as Latin persuasions into a contemporary feel. His debut recording Further South showed his effectiveness in composing as well as performing. The new recording gives further insight and exploration into music that continues to have a fresh outlook.
Mind Motions features Salles in a variety of settings from quartets to almost nonet-sized ensembles. The blend of various reed instruments combined with trumpet and trombone conveys richness and depth. Percussion ...read more
It’s always refreshing to witness the emergence of new and vibrant talent. Such is the case with saxophonist Felipe Salles’ new cd Further South. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Salles now lives and performs in the thriving jazz scene of New York. His tenor voice is strong and skillful. His sound is reminiscent of other purveyors of the pervasive saxophone, but it’s his style and more importantly his writing and arranging skills that illuminates his new recording. Simply put, Salles is a very creative and talented musician. When differentiating between the masses of other talented sax players in today’s ...read more