All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review


Guilherme Vergueiro: Molambo

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
If you like the piano, and appreciate the softer-flowing melodies of Latin America, you'll love Molambo, on which Guilherme Vergueiro plays unaccompanied. If you don't, you won't. It's about as simple as that. There are no up-tempo numbers here, nor are there any improvisations to speak of. Vergueiro simply plays 11 Latin tunes, almost all of which are ballads, in an unembellished style that owes as much to classical music as it does to Jazz. Tempos are slow to even more so, the mood warm and introspective. I kept hoping Vergueiro might shift gears, turn up the heat and toss in a spicy mambo, samba, bossa or two, but he doesn't. As a result, even though the music is lovely, the sameness of each number can become rather tedious. On a more positive note, Vergueiro is clearly a capable, well-schooled player who knows this music well and interprets it with insight and affection. All of the tunes - the last three of which, "Promises," "Dedicated to You" and "Alone" - were written by Vergueiro, were new to me. Each one is charming, albeit exceedingly subdued, and several seem almost interchangeable (that is, they sound almost alike to me). I spelled out earlier the criteria for enjoyment here; if the shoe fits, you'll fancy wearing it. Otherwise, you may want to consider a flashier model.

Track Listing:

Molambo; Carinhoso; Ronda; Eu Sonhei Que Tu Estavas T


Gilherme Vergueiro, solo piano.

Title: Molambo | Year Released: 1998 | Record Label: Mangotree


comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles





Power Bros Records


Ao Vivo

Power Bros Records


Related Articles

Read Peaks of Light CD/LP/Track Review
Peaks of Light
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 18, 2018
Read In Denmark I Was Born CD/LP/Track Review
In Denmark I Was Born
by Gareth Thompson
Published: March 18, 2018
Read Dreams of Belonging CD/LP/Track Review
Dreams of Belonging
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 18, 2018
Read In Copenhagen - Live at Jazzhus Slukefter 1983 CD/LP/Track Review
In Copenhagen - Live at Jazzhus Slukefter 1983
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 18, 2018
Read A Year Ago Today CD/LP/Track Review
A Year Ago Today
by Doug Collette
Published: March 18, 2018
Read Ravensburg CD/LP/Track Review
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: March 17, 2018
Read "Common Ground" CD/LP/Track Review Common Ground
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 16, 2017
Read "Absolutely Live II" CD/LP/Track Review Absolutely Live II
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: January 4, 2018
Read "Time for the Dancers" CD/LP/Track Review Time for the Dancers
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 30, 2017
Read "Graveyard Whistling" CD/LP/Track Review Graveyard Whistling
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 5, 2017
Read "Birdhoused" CD/LP/Track Review Birdhoused
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2017
Read "WashAshore" CD/LP/Track Review WashAshore
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 30, 2017