Pianist Steve Barta continues his musical travels through Brazil that started with Blue River (Source Music, 2001), a collaboration with flautist Herbie Mann. Mann joined Barta on Another Life Brazil, performing his valedictory on the title tune shortly before his death at 73, in 2003. None other than Hubert Laws rounds out the wind parts on Another Life Brazil, but it is Mann's contribution that is the most compelling among an otherwise excellent Latin project.
"Another Life Brazil" was composed and sung by frequent Barta collaborator Lee Trees. The piece is dry and breezy, like the Caribbean breathing into Rio. Mann's support is warm and exact, melding well with Trees' assertive and confident voice. Barta steers the festivities as if sailing on a rich Mojito to the promised land. Barta and company remain confident and durable interpreters of Brazilian fare, and Another Life Brazil is excellent and compelling evidence.
Personnel: Steve Barta: piano; Dori Caymmi: Guitar; Paulinho de Costa: percussion;
Herbie Mann: flute; Mike Shapiro: drums; Jerry Watts: bass; Lee Trees:
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.