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As an acoustic duo, guitarist Joe Carter and bassist Nilson Matta are able to interpret Brazilian popular music with a caress and a natural charm. Melody and countermelody intertwine as the pair explores the Great Brazilian Songbook from 1930 to 1960. Soothing and packed full of folk music refrains, the session offers a light mood and plenty of comfort.
”Influência do Jazz” reaches back to Carter’s early collaborations with jazzmen Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Cecil Payne and Rufus Reid. The guitarist and bassist move up-tempo with a fast samba characterization of bebop’s history. As with most early bop material, this one includes outside quotes that thrill. But it’s the only jazz material found on 2 For 2.
Carter and Matta pay homage to the memory of Brazilian composers. They’re inspired, but cool. Like the cool breeze that comes in off the Atlantic Ocean at Rio de Janeiro, their music floats on high. Passion takes a back seat, as the duo interprets with agile fingers and a comfortable swing. Theirs is carefree music for a Sunday afternoon, sitting in the shade, nestled among the trees, and far away from the crowd.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.