Brazilian piano jazz review: Antonio Adolfo – Hybrido

Antonio Adolfo – HYBRIDO (From Rio to Wayne Shorter):  I’ve been mightily impressed with Antonio’s ultra-hip jazz piano work ever since I first reviewed him (on an album with Carol Saboya) in issue # 160.  As you listen to this nine-song excursion that explores many of Wayne’s tunes, you will be impressed as well… especially when you hear his mellow keys on the wonderful opening track, “Deluge” (samples aren’t available yet, as this is a “pre-release” review – I’ll be back to add them when the album goes hot on the net).

The closing track, “Afosamba”, an original by Antonio, is the perfect way to close out this tribute to Shorter’s high-talent compositions, and the supporting cast of players (far too long to list here) make this one of the most pleasant Latin jazz experiences you’ll ever encounter.

The percussion intro on “Prince of Darkness” is absolute excellence, and (of course) leads into a tune that fully develops over it’s 6:03 length… it will dig down deep into your soul and pull out mem’ries and emotions you thought were long buried!  My personal favorite on this session, though, is Antonio’s rendition of the immortal “Footprints”… man, this is sweet – LOVED the vocals… it’s the piano that “made” this one stick in my head, though, & I’ll guarantee that once you fully listen to it, you’ll keep coming back.  I give Antonio and his musical compadres a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for an album that’s sure to become another “instant classic”.  Get more information on Antonio’s page for the new CD.            Rotcod Zzaj


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