351

Heloisa Fernandes: Heloisa Fernandes

By

Sign in to view read count
Heloisa Fernandes: Heloisa Fernandes Brazilian pianist Heloisa Fernandes can tickle both the hearts of those with a quieter, more elegant classical palette and those whose survival is reliant upon jazz. Even without a team of dynamic percussionists and fine string accompaniment, Fruto is a feat of arrangement and composition.



Vocal beats in "Colheita" create an epic, fundamental sound featuring piano and multiple musicians creating choral rhythms together.



Bottomless, dark violin tones change the character of Fruto during the fourth number, "Crianca." Assuming the entire record will be set in a cheerful scene becomes a fleeting thought as a string duo stabs away with sorrow before Fernandes re-enters and stylishly brings spirits back up as the piece interestingly spirals through its nine minutes.



Fernandes pounds her way along the keys and through the record's most apocalyptic track on the Caetano Veloso-penned "Trilhos Urbanos," one of only two songs not written by the pianist. The piece lets loose and devastates the quite casual sound of the album.



Two drummers, a percussionist and a guest percussionist (Nana Vasconcelos) do get their rest time, allowing for Zeca Assumpcao (contrabass) to guide the pianist to another level—one of a jazz duo. After a challenging, genre-splitting ride, a 90 second finale called "Rita" serves as a simple goodbye.

The seven-part "Suite das Meninas" moves quickly along through entirely improvisational material and, juxtaposed against the creatively crafted first half of the CD, begs for more to be heard.



On the strength of Heloisa Fernandes, hopefully a solo recording is in the air. Alone, her arrangements stand-up strongly. With this group of musicians behind her the sound is determined and complete, making for magnificent Brazilian flavored modern music with jazz in its soul.


Track Listing: Voo; Rosa; Colheita; Crianca; Fruto; Trilhos Urbanos; Jasmim; Suite das Meninas (Ana); Suite das Meninas (Beatriz); Suite das Meninas (Isabel); Suite das Meninas (Maria); Suite das Meninas (Laura); Suite das Meninas (Ines); Suite das Meninas (Rita).

Personnel: Ari Colares: percussion; Sergio Reze: drums and percussion; Andre Magalhaes: drums and percussion; Nana Vasconcelos: perscussion; Claudio Cruz: violin; Alceu Reis: cello; Teco Cardoso: flutes; Zeca Assumpcao: contrabass; Heloisa Fernandes: piano; Gil Jardim: musical director.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Maritaca | Style: Brazilian


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Carrera Quinta Big Band" CD/LP/Track Review Carrera Quinta Big Band
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 26, 2016
Read "Lovers" CD/LP/Track Review Lovers
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 20, 2016
Read "The Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review The Unknown
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 31, 2016
Read "O Horizonte" CD/LP/Track Review O Horizonte
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 8, 2016
Read "The Space Between" CD/LP/Track Review The Space Between
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2016
Read "Wede Harer Guzo" CD/LP/Track Review Wede Harer Guzo
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: May 28, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!