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Constelacao contains a wonderful range of material, from the passionately churning title track to pianist Cedar Walton's classic "Bolivia," which features a great drum opening by Duduka Da Fonseca.
Tucked between these splendid bookends are such gems as Dori Caymmi's beloved "O Cantador," which many will recognize as "Like a Lover." Introduced to North American audiences by Sergio Mendes, its lyrical melody and meaning are regularly rediscovered and newly recorded by singers. There's the requisite contribution of the master, Antonio Carlos Jobim, who is represented by both his relatively obscure work ("Quebra Pedra," "O Boto") and his more familiar ("Luiza"). Each trio member contributes one engaging original as well, together producing a swinging, nuanced and delightful session from start to finish.
This CD exemplifies the seamless ease of playing with old friends who are also masters of their instruments. Finally, as it so often happens with Brazilian music, whether driving forward or laying back it manages to be both energizing and relaxing at the same time.
Track Listing: Constelacao; Bebe; Embalo; O Cantador; Quebra Pedra; LVM/Direto Ao Assunto; Luiza; O Boto; Isabella; Bolivia.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.