Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

3

Antonio Adolfo: Finas Misturas

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Pianist/Composer Antonio Adolfo is a bit of a musical mixologist. Throughout his four-plus decades in the music world, he's often found his way and made his mark by merging jazz language with the sonic sensibilities of his native Brazil; now, this very idea serves as a thematic umbrella that hangs over Finas Misturas.

Adolfo takes a crop of classics and serves them up with Brazilian seasoning, adding new flavors without altering the base taste of each number. Some of these songs seem like a natural fit on paper ("Con Alma") while others read like odd choices ("Giant Steps"), but they all manage to accept their respective graft(s) and thrive in their new skin. Adolfo adds a hint of samba to pianist Bill Evans' "Time Remembered," brings the sounds of bossa nova to the surface on Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma," and captures the Brazilian Toada temperament during a piano-guitar duo take on Keith Jarrett's "Memories Of Tomorrow." Adolfo proves to be a clever and sensitive arranger when working with jazz standards, but he also takes the same care in dealing with his own music. His gentle qualities come to the fore on the soothing "Balada" and his enthusiasm is never in doubt during the peppy-but-controlled "Tres Meninos."

The band on hand mirrors Adolfo's feelings and amplifies the emotional suggestions already present within these songs. Marcelo Martins' flute work is pure beauty and the rhythm team of bassist Jorge Helder and drummer Rafael Barata keep things afloat without ever being forceful. Adolfo seems relaxed and at ease with all of these musicians, but it's the guitarists that appear to be his closest musical friends and confidants. Adolfo's piano shares many a rhythmic whisper and close encounter with Leo Amuedo's electric guitar and Claudio Spiewak's acoustic guitar, furthering the very notion of fine mixtures that defines this album.

Track Listing: Floresta Azul; Balada; Giant Steps; Con Alma; Misturando; Memories Of Tomorrow; Naima; Tres Meninos; Crystal Silence; Time Remembered.

Personnel: Antonio Adolfo: piano; Jorge Helder: bass; Rafael Barata: drums, percussion; Leo Amuedo: electric guitar (1, 4-8); Claudio Spiewak: acoustic guitar (2-5, 9); Marcelo Martins: tenor saxophone, flute (1, 3-5, 7, 9, 10).

Title: Finas Misturas | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: AAM Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Rio, Choro, Jazz...

Rio, Choro, Jazz...

Antonio Adolfo
Rio, Choro, Jazz...

Misturando

Misturando

Antonio Adolfo
Finas Misturas

Chora Baiao

Chora Baiao

Antonio Adolfo
Chora Baiao

Album Reviews
Take Five With...
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Bailey's Bundles
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Viralata

Viralata

Far Out Recordings
2017

buy
Tema

Tema

AAM Music
2015

buy

Related Articles

Read Day to Day Album Reviews
Day to Day
By Paul Naser
May 24, 2019
Read Theia Album Reviews
Theia
By Jim Worsley
May 24, 2019
Read Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You Album Reviews
Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You
By Dan McClenaghan
May 24, 2019
Read Nexus Album Reviews
Nexus
By Jakob Baekgaard
May 23, 2019
Read The Second Coming Album Reviews
The Second Coming
By Daniel Barbiero
May 23, 2019
Read Luminária Album Reviews
Luminária
By John Sharpe
May 23, 2019