272

Adriano Santos Quintet: In Session

Woodrow Wilkins By

Sign in to view read count
Adriano Santos Quintet: In Session
To say that everybody loves Brazilian music would be too general. But clearly, the sound has a mystique, as so many have embraced it. Percussionist Adriano Santos revisits the music of several Brazilian composers with In Session.

Santos grew up in Sao Paulo and began study at the Zimbo Trio Music School at the age of 12. He continued study at Berklee College of Music in Boston and City College in New York. His professional associations include Astrud Gilberto, Romero Lubambo, Eumir Deodato, John Pizzarelli and Slide Hampton.

Raul Mascaranhas' "Sabor Carioca" brings a vision of fine dining in Rio to life. The high-energy piece is led by alto saxophonist David Binney, with solid contributions from the rest of the quintet. Pianist Helio Alves solos over Santos, bassist David Ambrosio, and percussionist Dende. Near the end of the piece, Santos and Dende enjoy a brief percussive call-and-response with the rest of the band, a brief conga fanfare then setting up a drum solo.

"From the Lonely Afternoons," written by Milton Nascimento and Fernando Brant, begins softly, with percussion and piano evoking the atmosphere of an isolated beach near the jungle. As the tempo picks up, the sax takes point with a charming melody, followed by a strong solo from Alves.

Victor Assis Brasil's "Pro Zeca" is another hard-charging selection. Riveting piano over bass and drums sets the samba mood, with Binney leading the melody and, after a quick stop, a solo that's as engaging as the rest of the song. Alves keeps the mood intact during his turn, with Ambrosio, Dende and Santos complementing the lead with strong accompaniment. Dende and Santos enjoy an extended duet before the song returns to the melody.

In Session is a prime example of why many musicians love Brazilian music. Santos' interpretations honor past performers without losing sight of his own personal stamp.

Track Listing

Sabor Carioca; From the Lonely Afternoons; De Ton Pra Tom; Xibaba; Contemplacao; Pro Zeca; Amphibious; Ninho Da Vespa.

Personnel

Adriano Santos: drums, percussion; David Binney: alto saxophone; Helio Alves: piano; David Ambrosio: acoustic bass; Dende: percussion.

Album information

Title: In Session | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Kingjazzad Music

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Light In The World
Light In The World
Nocturnal Four
Read A Time And A Place
A Time And A Place
Dustin Laurenzi's Natural Language
Read Mayan Suite
Mayan Suite
Brian Andres
Read When You Find It
When You Find It
Arthur White and Merge
Read Rainbow Baby
Rainbow Baby
Cathlene Pineda
Read An Open Dialogue
An Open Dialogue
Linda Sikhakhane

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.