by Chris M. Slawecki
Except for two ballads--the cosmopolitan Carinhoso with her Brazilian jazz fusion compatriots Azymuth, and Herbie Hancock's title track--Ithamara Koorax's ninth album is her most adventurous release. It seems constructed to honor legendary Brazilian vocalist Flora Purim and her husband/bandleader/percussionist Airto. This Brazilian Butterfly soars and flutters while multiple percussionists (often as many as four on the same song, most often led by the late and legendary Dom Um Romão, with Koorax frequently flailing away among them) knit together, pull apart, ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Yes, I asked myself the same question when a music representative friend of mine dropped by one day with a bunch of CDs from Italy and said, You gotta hear this, Wes." Do you know what? He was right on the mark.
Bossa Nostra is a band of up and coming stars from Italy and their debut CD features a mixture of self penned acid bossa grooves which feature a prodominent acoustic piano, sax and percussion sound. If ...read more