132

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

Personnel:

Gilherme Vergueiro, solo piano.

| Record Label: Mangotree | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Welcome to Swingsville! CD/LP/Track Review Welcome to Swingsville!
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 26, 2017
Read Points of View CD/LP/Track Review Points of View
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 26, 2017
Read Migration Blues CD/LP/Track Review Migration Blues
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 26, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 26, 2017
Read N.O. Escape CD/LP/Track Review N.O. Escape
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 26, 2017
Read Reflections CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 25, 2017
Read "Beauty Within" CD/LP/Track Review Beauty Within
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 3, 2016
Read "The Invariant" CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Molto Bene" CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Soundscapes" CD/LP/Track Review Soundscapes
by Jim Olin
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "Alba" CD/LP/Track Review Alba
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 7, 2016
Read "Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute" CD/LP/Track Review Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 13, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT 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!