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Saxophonist Jorge Reis and his fellow musicians are very capable, and at times they're inspired, as on the soaring second piece on Pueblos, simply titled "S." The lilt in their music may have its source in their Portuguese culture, but they also establish a firm, thrusting swing.
Reis has a full, glowing sound on both of his horns, and he swings reliably. On "In Mami" he reaches inspired heights, while on "Saggara" he attains a floating yet powerful lyricism. As a composer, Reis, who wrote half of the eight compositions on Pueblos, favors long, angular phrases, seemingly reflecting the influence of Dave Douglas. In fact, not only is Douglas one of the dedicatees on the album, but Reis also performs a deeply introspective rendition of one of the great trumpeter's compositions, "Magic Triangle." Overall, Reis proves to be yet another first-rate jazz musician whose origins are outside the United States.
The sidemen on the album make solid, fitting contributions to the music. Guitarist Andre Fernandes is consistent in the inventiveness of his improvising. He plays long, singing lines with a clear, clean sound and original, swinging ideas. Bassist Nelson Cascais and drummer Andre Sousa Machado are an excellent rhythm section, giving the Latin rhythms an attractive airiness, swinging with conviction and improvising well during their solos. It is notable that these musicians don't imitate anybody; they have transcended their influences and established their own identities. Jorge Reis, for one, would never be mistaken for anyone else.
In fact, individuality is but one of the assets that make this album sound so attractive. Jorge Reis and his sidemen are creative and swinging improvisers, and Pueblos represents a high water mark in jazz from Portugal.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.