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Haroldo Mauro Jr.: Bossa Na Pressao

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It seems obligatory on a bossa nova outing to include some Jobim tunes. Brazilian pianist Haroldo Mauro takes care of that duty on the opener of his debut CD, Bossa Na Pressao, with the classic “Caminhos Cruzados." It's a standard bossa nova, but in the way that the late Bill Evans' take on “Witchcraft," from Portraits in Jazz (Riverside, '59), was an American Songbook standard--with a richly developed harmonic freshness, subtle yet inventive improvisaton, and vibrantly original trio interplay.