Samba Jazz Alley, by Robert Ratjczak – LongPlay – Poland

Presented on stage for over five decades, pianist, band leader, composer, arranger, producer and teacher from Rio de Janeiro, Antonio Adolfo already in the 1960s ran his own trio and collaborated with such performers as Flora Purim or Carlos Lyra, and his compositions they have in their repertoire, among others Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick and Herb Alpert. An artist with a thorough musical education (including studies at Eumira Deodato in Rio and Paris with Nadia Boulanger), he is very active, recently also helping as a producer, composer and musician, his daughter Carol Saboya (“Carolina”) , 2016), hailed as the New Discovery of the Brazilian Song. Coming from a family with musical traditions (mother music was a violinist of the famous Brazilian Symphony Orchestra) Antonio Adolfo, he is also a valued teacher whose school at Rio de Janerio has over 1300 students fascinated by bossa nova and Brazilian jazz.
After the albums “Tropical Infinito” (2016), filled with songs by Wayne Shorter “Hybrido” (2017) and “Encontros – Orquestra Atlantica”, Antonio Adolfo offers the album “Samba Jazz Alley”. The recordings are accompanied by a group of musicians who have been tested for years and which constitute a strong foundation of the Brazilian jazz scene, including the well-known bassist Jorge Helder and drummer Rafael Barata.
On the CD next to the pianist’s original works (including Herbie Hancock’s song “Hello, Herbie”), we will find interpretations of works by Badena Powella (“So Por Amor”) and Antonio Carlos Jobim (“Passarim”, “Corcovado”).