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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 it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.