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Freddie Bryant is a busy young man with a taste for diverse musical adventures. Along with an active career as a classical guitarist, Bryant is also a current member of trumpeter Tom Harrell's quintet. And he's appeared with everyone from African pop star Salif Keita to Klezmer virtuoso Giora Fiegman. On his third CD as a leader, Bryant renews his romance with the music of South America, succesfully melding his superb classical technique with the explosive rhythms of Brazil.
The album opens with Bryant alone on acoustic guitar, offering a hushed, passionate reading of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Por Toda Minha Vida." He quickly switches gears - and guitars - for the full-band, full-tilt electric boogie of the title tune. The rest of the set is mostly quiet, meditative and acoustic, evenly split between Bryant's harmonically complex, but deeply rhythmic originals and well-selected covers including Miles Davis' "Solar" (played to a samba beat) and Horace Silver's "Peace."
Bryant is joined by a septet of some of New York's hottest young jazz and Latin musicians - including bassist Avishai Cohen and saxophonist Steve Wilson from Chick Corea's Origin, and drummer Jordi Rossy from Brad Mehldau's trio. Together they create a mood of lush, tropical splendor that bridges the gulf between the worlds of jazz, classical and Brazilian music. This is an album to savor by an artist to watch.
Personnel: Freddie Bryant - acoustic and electric guitars; Chris Cheek - tenor and soprano sax; Steve Wilson - alto and soprano sax, flute, alto flute; Edsel Gomez - acoustic bass; Jordi Rossy - drums; Gilad - percussion.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com