Jim Nolet finds himself in a decidedly Bossa-Nova Mood on this new Cathexis release.
Syzygy, Jim Nolet's previous Cathexis release, was a cyber cross between Nicolo Paganini and John Coltrane (the latter's "Central Park West" and "Countdown" being creatively covered by Nolet and his crack band. It was highly virtuosic and smacked of superb technique and intelligent performance. Part of Syzygy 's intelligence was a powerful internal cohesion that revolved around the near avant-guard realm in Jazz. Nolet infuses this same cohesion into his latest release, Arco Vos, this time focusing on a readily appealing Bossa Nova humor.
Arco Vos is a very interesting disc because of Nolet's mixing of viola and voices on nearly all tracks. This wonderful alchemy results in a breathy display of the arc-sensual side of Brazilian music. The effect is aurally one of cultivated sexuality, not that of humid earthiness, but of sweet essence, like fine cologne.
Two standards are included ("You don't Know What Love Is" and "Let's Get Lost"), both really breathing in Nolet's account. The almost melancholy viola is well-chosen over the violin for these pensive exercises.
I would recommend Arco Vos without condition for any fan of Bossa Nova. It is a splendid update of that time-tried genre. Mr. Nolet should find himself on marked on the ballot of many jazz critics this year as the finest jazz violinist playing.
Track Listing: El Preciso Perdoar / Me Deiux Em Paz; Samba Da Pergunta; Algo; Modo Paulista; Joana Francesa; You Don't Kno' What Love Is; Esse Sew Olhar; Let's Get'Lost; Lygia; Samba De Orfeu. (Total Time: 47:35)
Personnel: Jim Nolet: Viola; Rodrigo Rodrigues: Guitar, Vocals; Mario Manga: Cello, Guitar; Celio Barros: Acoustic Bass; Adriano Busko: Percussion; Luiz Carlos De Paula: Percussion; Monica Salmaso, Marcia Lopes; Ana Amelia, Maria Castello: Vocals.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.