Finas Misturas – by Roberta on the Arts

This CD is a fusion of Brazilian rhythms and tones set to original compositions of Antonio Adolfo, as well as to works composed by jazz masters who inspired this pianist over the years, including Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, and John Coltrane. The music is relaxing, ambient, and crystalline. Adolfo is a master pianist, and his ensemble of five brings out the poignancy and pulse on each of the ten tracks.

Notable tracks:

#3 – Giant Steps – Composed by John Coltrane. This dynamic, yet smooth track, features Marcelo Martins on tenor sax, in solo and tenor-piano combo, with Adolfo. There’s percussive playfulness, thanks to Rafael Barata, along with Jorge Helder’s rich bass riff, that’s accompanied by Adolfo’s chordal conversation.

#4 – Con Alma – Composed by Dizzy Gillespie. Both Leo Amuedo’s electric and Claudio Spiewak’s acoustic guitars join in on this breezy track, adding tenor sax flourishes. A buoyant Bossa beat ensues with piano, drums, and some exotic percussion, like dancing on a summer’s night.

#5 – Misturando – Composed by Antonio Adolfo. Clearly this track, composed by Adolfo, is mostly a warm splash of sparkling piano. Guitars and drums add clarity and verve, but Adolfo takes the spotlight and transports us to Rio.

#9 – Crystal Science – Composed by Chick Corea and Neville Potter. This is one of my favorite tracks with Martins’ sultry, sensual flute, evoking a tonal image of a truly South of the Border cocktail party. In fact, this Antonio Adolfo CD would be a great addition to any party, with its vibrant spirit.