All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

491

Haroldo Mauro Jr.: Bossa Na Pressao

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
It seems obligatory on a bossa nova outing to include some Jobim tunes. Brazilian pianist Haroldo Mauro takes care of that duty on the opener of his debut CD, Bossa Na Pressao, with the classic "Caminhos Cruzados." It's a standard bossa nova, but in the way that the late Bill Evans' take on "Witchcraft," from Portraits in Jazz (Riverside, '59), was an American Songbook standard—with a richly developed harmonic freshness, subtle yet inventive improvisaton, and vibrantly original trio interplay.

The Bill Evans Trio comparison—especially the tragically short-lived Evans/La Faro/Motion lineup—is not one to be brought up lightly, but listen to Sergio Barrozo's bass on Mauro's original "Quietude"—a big, thick center for Mauro's light, glowingly pretty melody, plus drummer Duduka da Fonseca's pastel splashes and delicately insistent timekeeping.

The disc includes a couple more Jobim tunes, "Voce Vai Ver" and the much-covered "Desafinado" (bright and up-tempo), in addition to familiar bossa tunes from the pens of Mendonca, Moraes and Lyra, as well as five excellent Mauro originals.

Haroldo Mauro Jr. is new and a bit of mystery to this writer. He attended Berklee School of Music (1972-73) and the Manhattan School of Music (1981-83) and currently teaches at the University of Rio de Janeiro. But Bossa Na Pressao features liner notes in Portuguese, and a trip to the pianist/composer's web site shows a biography "under construction." But there's no mystery to this piano trio take on bossa nova, with light and gorgeous sounds floating over the trio's contrasting richness and depth. A mesmerizing listening experience, from beginning to end.

Track Listing: Caminhos Cruzados; Rua Juquia; Sabor Carioca; Leda; Voce Vai Ver; Big Sur; Quietude; Terra De Angara; Lele Do Coracao; Coisa Mais Linda; Desafinado; Depois Da Natal.

Personnel: Haroldo Mauro Jr.: piano; Duduka da Fonseca: drums; Sergio Barrazo: accoustic bass.

Title: Bossa Na Pressao | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Delira Musica

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To CD/LP/Track Review
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 24, 2018
Read We Out Here CD/LP/Track Review
We Out Here
by Chris May
Published: February 24, 2018
Read Best of the Bootlegs 2017 CD/LP/Track Review
Best of the Bootlegs 2017
by Doug Collette
Published: February 24, 2018
Read The Asylum Years CD/LP/Track Review
The Asylum Years
by Doug Collette
Published: February 24, 2018
Read Solo Contra CD/LP/Track Review
Solo Contra
by Daniel Barbiero
Published: February 24, 2018
Read Ellipse CD/LP/Track Review
Ellipse
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 23, 2018
Read "Avenida Graham" CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read "Animal Image" CD/LP/Track Review Animal Image
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 4, 2018
Read "Thought You Knew" CD/LP/Track Review Thought You Knew
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 5, 2018
Read "Acknowledgement" CD/LP/Track Review Acknowledgement
by Don Phipps
Published: November 23, 2017
Read "The Failure of Words" CD/LP/Track Review The Failure of Words
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 24, 2017
Read "Graviton" CD/LP/Track Review Graviton
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 8, 2017