Antonio Adolfo: Octet And OriginalsBy
Octet and Originals is no different, except insofar as it is all Adolfo's original music. True, what you find here has been shorn of accompanying lyrics (and the melodious Brazilian Portuguese is part of the music's charm), but there is a helpful (sort of) phoneticized version of the titles. The musicians are outstanding, and a few of the names may well be familiar to devotees of the genre. The band is tight and sounds utterly professional, which by now is routine.
While Adolfo is more than adequate as a pianist, the entire vibe of the recording is just relaxed and musical. It may seem odd to pick on a tune named "Teletema" (TV Theme) as a favorite, but Jesse Sadoc's trumpet work really does mark him as a major player. The same with Rafael Rochahis solo on "Minor Chord" is a fetching combination of tone and techniqueon trombone, Danilo Sinna on alto sax and Marcelo Martins on tenor sax. Everyone is outstanding. The rhythm section simply seems to float on top of the time.
Even for those not inclined to dig Brazilian fare, this is a recording that will wear very, very well. It is an outstanding example of its genre, and of Antonio Adolfo's work in particular. He has been in the midst of it all since the late '60s. With any luck, he has a long way to go and much more to offer.
Heart Of Brazil; Boogie Baiäo, Emaú; Cascavel; Pretty World; Teletema; Feito Em Casa; Minor Chord; Zabumbaia; Modern Toada.
Antonio Adolfo: piano; Jesse Sadoc: trumpet; Danilo Sinna: saxophone, alto; Marcelo Martins: woodwinds; Rafael Rocha: trombone; Jorge Helder: bass, acoustic; Rafael Barata: drums; Ricardo Silveira: guitar.
Title: Octet And Originals | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: AAM Music
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