TEMA, by Rotcod Zzaj

Antonio Adolfo – TEMA: As I’ve so often said here, I consider myself to be among a privileged few who get to hear the music of “now” – every day, all day if I choose. What makes Antonio’s jazzy piano/composition work so notable on this release is that he has re-arranged and revamped several of his earliest originals, and that’s especially evident in the kind of coolness expressed on the high-energy “SamboJazz“, truly one of the liveliest Brazilian jazz tunes I’ve listened to in 2016 (this was actually released in 2015, so I’ve really been listening to it since then). I fell in love immediately with the wonderful percussion intro to “Natureza“, and the beautiful changes Antonio and his players take you through on this song. What you are actually hearing is 50 years of musical expertise laid over tunes that were written in Antonio’s earliest years… I was especially impressed with the 6:09 “Trem da Serra“… it takes you through a whole lot of beautiful emotions and will certainly bring back fond memories of train rides into jazz oblivion… in fact, I chose his as my personal favorite of the ten grand sonic adventures offered up on this CD. I give Antonio and his friends a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this great album. Get more information about this great artist at Antonio’s website. Rotcod Zzaj