by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Constelacao contains a wonderful range of material, from the passionately churning title track to pianist Cedar Walton's classic Bolivia," which features a great drum opening by Duduka da Fonseca.Tucked between these splendid bookends are such gems as Dori Caymmi's beloved O Cantador," which many will recognize as Like a Lover." Introduced to North American audiences by Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66, its lyrical melody and meaning are regularly rediscovered and newly recorded by singers. There's the requisite contribution ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
This exciting recording is a perfect example of the thorough absorption of the Bossa Nova being integrated with the mainstream jazz piano trio. All three members of Brazilian Trio are, in fact, Brazilians but have lived in New York City for decades,settling in the 1970s, '80s and '90s.
Pianist Helio Alves is the youngest of the three, having worked with Oscar Castro-Neves, Rosa Passos and Paquito D'Rivera. His decidedly modal approach to piano jazz is undoubtedly a credit ...read more
by Karen Hogg
Forests marks the auspicious debut of the Brazilian Trio--pianist Helio Alves, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca--three musicians already well known in Brazilian jazz circles, having played with an impressive list of Latin icons, including Paquito D'Rivera, Rosa Passos and Antonio Carlos Jobim. While the traditional piano trio format serves them well, the group's bicultural background takes the music deeper. All three hail from Brazil yet have made New York their home. Alves' improvising sounds ...read more