All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

257

Rodrigo Ferrari Nunes: The Bias Project

By

Sign in to view read count
Here's an unusual entry in the new releases department! For his debut recording, Rodrigo Ferrari-Nunes, a 29-year-old bassist/composer/producer and anthropologist, has come up with a bebop tribute from his Brazilian group—with a twist. The album is subtitled "A Tribute To the Music of Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans & Hermeto Pascoal."

As an aspiring musician who was also studying for his degree in anthropology at University of British Columbia, Ferrari-Nunes was also working as a musician with the rock band Toyshop, only to find that his record company "stole" the copyrights to the group's compositions and sold them to the producers of a film. The title of this album, The Bias Project, reflects Ferrari-Nunes' view that the recording industry wants quantity, not quality, from aspiring musicians.

The musicians on this recording were personally chosen by Ferrari-Nunes from the Sao Paolo jazz scene—and with the exception of Cuban-born pianist and percussionist Pepe Rodriguez, are all Brazilian. The group includes Sandro Haick (guitar, drums, Rhodes, melodica and piano), Vinicius Dorin (soprano, alto and tenor saxophones), Pepe Rodrigues (piano and drum), Daniel D'Aleantara (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Cuca Teixeira (drums).

Ferrari-Nunes' selections for this project are jazz classics, plus two Brazilian compositions from Hermeto Pascoal and Sandro Haick. The album begins, rather in a rather prosaic way, with readings of "Fables of Faubus" and "Giant Steps" that present straightforward playing from the group. On "Mr. P.C.," Dorin's tenor sax is very much in a post-Coltrane mode (a la Michael Brecker), while "Donna Lee" shows off Ferrari-Nunes' bass work and then Haick's guitar style. Trumpeter D'Alcantara shines on "Up Jumped Spring" and fully emulates Freddy Hubbard's original version.

The only tunes that are at all distinctive on the album are the two Brazilian compositions. Haick plays melodica, which is not an unusual instrument for these artists, on his "Marmelada." Also, Pascoal's "Quatro De Setembro" is a good opportunity for Vinicius Doris' soprano sax. In sum, if you're thinking about this album as a source of Brazilian jazz, there is none (or very little) on hand. The two Brazilian pieces are the only ones that are that would fall within that category, and as non-bebop classics, they're also the only parts of this album that are refreshing. Also, the trumpet and flugelhorn playing of Daniel D'Alcantara deserves more exposure.


Track Listing: Fables Of Faubus; Giant Steps; Mr.P.C.; Peggy's Blue Skylight; Marmelada; Donna Lee; Up Jumped Spring; Quatro De Setembro; 26-2; Time Remembered; Giant Steps (Take 2).

Personnel: Rodrigo-Ferrari-Nunes: 6-string electric basses; Sandro Haick: guitar, drums, Rhodes, melodica, piano; Vinicius Dorin: soprano, alto and tenor sax; Pepe Rodriguez: piano, drums; Daniel D'Alcantara: trumpet, flugelhorn; Cuca Teixeira: drums.

Title: The Bias Project | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Elegiax

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Dawn CD/LP/Track Review
Dawn
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Life Of CD/LP/Track Review
Life Of
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun CD/LP/Track Review
Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun
by Gareth Thompson
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Enso CD/LP/Track Review
Enso
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Let Your Light Shine On CD/LP/Track Review
Let Your Light Shine On
by Chris May
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Dirt...And More Dirt CD/LP/Track Review
Dirt...And More Dirt
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 26, 2018
Read "Bach: Solo Works for Marimba" CD/LP/Track Review Bach: Solo Works for Marimba
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 15, 2017
Read "Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter" CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "Lessons And Fairytales" CD/LP/Track Review Lessons And Fairytales
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 23, 2017
Read "Unnatural  Events" CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "Live at C-Boy's" CD/LP/Track Review Live at C-Boy's
by Doug Collette
Published: March 31, 2018
Read "Jersey" CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 16, 2017