Antonio Adolfo is a composer/arranger/pianist whose mission it is in this album of `fine mixtures' to bring together the besting jazz and in the Brazilian `sound' - that infectious mixture of Latin beats with the unique dance rhythms that have made the music from Brazil so universally popular. Though many may know his work form his compositions he created for Dianne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Sergio Mendes and Earl Klugh, this album will offer a taste of many of his won composiions for instruments alone that will likely bring him more fame.
Four of the en works on this CD are written by Adolfo - `Balada', `Floresta Azul', `Misturando', and `Tres Meninos' while the others are arrangements of works by John Coltrane (`Giant Steps' and `Naima'), Dizzy Gillespie (`Con Alma'), Ketih Jarrett (`Memories of Tomorrow'), Bill Evans (`Time Remembered') and Chick Corea/Neville Potter (`Crystal Silence'). Listening to all of these tracks will place one thing in the foreground - Antonio Adolfo's magic for arranging both his own and the music of others into a particularly fine blend of jazz and Brazilian sound.
The ensemble performing on this recording made December 2012 in Brazil includes Antonio Adolfo,piano, Leo Amuendo, electric guitar, Claudio Spiewak, acoustic guitar, Marcelo Martins, tenor sax and flute, Jorge Helder, double bas, and Rafael Barata, drums and percussion. The music swings and is beautiful and is a fine study in the many aspects of Brazilian influence - Bossa Nova, Samba, Toada, Baião, and Calango. In the intuitive hands of Antonio Adolfo it simply works - very well! Grady Harp, Mar 13