Soulful Latin jazz Sergio Pereira – NU BRAZIL: One of the truly lasting pleasures of having reviewed music for (over) 40 years is knowing that many of the artists I review will “be back”… I first reviewed Sergio’s soulful Latin jazz in issue # 165, where it got high marks, to be sure… this new album will be officially released in 7 September, 2018 (sample links won’t work until just before then), and as I listen to Sergio’s splendid guitar on the percussion-driven opener, “Down South“, the “thrill is back” – no doubt!
If it’s high-spirit & hip you’re wanting to dig down deep into, you’re going to love “Sambinha“… though it’s one of the shorter tunes, the guitar runs on this one make the album purchase well worth it.
As usual, Sergio is joined by a stellar cast of players – Alexey Leon on sax, Perico Sambeat doing alto sax, Oriente Lopez on flute, Voro Garcia on trumpet/arrangement, Marcus Teixeira doing guitar, Baptiste Bailly on piano, bassist Ales Cesarini, Ariel Ramirez on bass, Gabriel Grossi with harmonica, pianist Helio Alves and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli. Vocalists Paula Santoro, Sergio Santos and Viktorija Pilatovic also join the fantastic crew on songs like the amazing title track, “Nu Brasil” – one of the most spirited Latin jazz tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2018… you’ll be hearing this one in regular rotation on jazz stations across the country, guaranteed.
It was quite easy to pick my personal favorite of the ten songs Sergio offers up for your jazz adventure… “Trem Do Tempo” (Time Train) will sway you gently on your way to Latin jazz oblivion… I can (easily) see this one winning awards this year.
I give Sergio and his high-talent crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this fine release. Get more information on Sergio’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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