Home » Jazz Articles » Ricardo Silveira and Luiz Avellar: Live: Play the Music of Milton ...

198
Album Review

Ricardo Silveira and Luiz Avellar: Live: Play the Music of Milton Nascimento

By

Sign in to view read count
Ricardo Silveira and Luiz Avellar: Live: Play the Music of Milton Nascimento
There's a musical relationship between Brazil and the United States that transcends tourism and politics. Each nation gave birth to its own style of music. Yet those styles, jazz and what many Brazilians refer to as "typical" Brazilian music, when performed by competent musicians, can be interchangeable.

Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Djavan are just a few Brazilian musician/songwriters who've not only had the honor of their work being translated by North American jazz artists, but who also have performed with or written songs for such jazz acts as Stan Getz, The Manhattan Transfer and Lee Ritenour, to name a few.

One name that should be noted among these is Brazilian singer/songwriter Milton Nascimento. His work has been interpreted by George Duke and Earth, Wind & Fire, among many others. But perhaps an even greater honor is when fellow countrymen pay tribute—as is the case with Ricardo Silveira and Luiz Avellar. Joined on some tracks by percussionist Robertinho Silva, the acoustic-instrument duo takes the beloved music of Nascimento's classic work to a different level of elegance and passion. As longtime members of Nascimento's band, they are able to draw upon two-plus decades of musical chemistry.

Recorded over two nights in Rio de Janeiro, Live , appropriately subtitled "Play the Music of Milton Nascimento," is a fresh and charming spin on the legendary songwriter's classics, supplemented by a few original songs. The performance was part of the 2002 "Grandes Encontros (Great Encounters)" concert series that paid tribute to Nascimento's music. While the songs are distinctly Brazilian, their sounds and message are universal. Rare is the day when an entire album performed by a duet—joined on several tracks by a percussionist -is a joy to listen to. Silveira and Avellar come through in a way that not only displays their skills as frontmen, but also shows how beautiful and timeless is the work of the man they honor. And with several tracks spanning more than six minutes—such as "Maria, Maria," "Nuvem Cigana" and the effervescent "Vera Cruz"—the pair get plenty of room to stretch out.

Whether you like jazz with a Brazilian flavor, Brazilian music with the freedom to improvise, or simply good, clean music, Live is worth a listen—or several.

Track Listing

Para Lennon e McCartney (For Lennon and McCartney); Maria, Maria; Nuvem Cigana (Gypsy Cloud); Travessia (Bridges); Saudade dos Avioes da Panair (Conversado no Bar) (On the Wings of Panair - Chatting at the Bar); Vera Cruz; Pe Cega, Faca Amolada (Blind Faith, Sharp Knife); Cravo e Canela (Cinnamon and Clove); Saidas e Bandeiras (Exits and Flags); Cor de Rosa (The Color Pink).

Personnel

Ricardo Silveira (acoustic nylon-string guitar), Luiz Avellar (acoustic piano), Robertinho Silva (percussion)

Album information

Title: Live: Play the Music of Milton Nascimento | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Adventure Music


FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter Since 1995, shortly after the dawn of the internet, All About Jazz has been a champion of jazz, supporting it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

WE NEED YOUR HELP
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to rigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

Post a comment about this album

Tags

More

The Sound Of Listening
Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet
At The Royal Albert Hall
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Two Centuries
Qasim Naqvi / Wadada Leo Smith / Andrew Cyrille

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and includes upcoming jazz events near you.