Splendidly sensual saxophone jazz Márcio Resende – ELEGANT FISH: It’s always a pleasure to receive music that is new to my ears, and saxophonist Márcio Resende gives us some of the most splendidly sensual saxophone jazz I’ve heard (yet) in 2021… he’s joined by Hélio Alves (piano); Jorge Hélder (bass) and Marquinhos da Costa (drums) as well as feature artists Sandro Albert (guitar) and Toninho Horta (guitar) and vocalist Claudio Nucci in a dozen song celebration of what Márcio calls “New Bossa Nova”… while I didn’t find any LIVE performances, you CAN preview the entire album on Márcio’s YouTube topic channel…
Songs like “You Don’t Know What Love Is” bring back subtle memories of the early Stan Getz albums I used to enjoy when I first started listening to jazz… Márcio’s tenor saxophone style is somehow “throatier” than Stan’s… I have no doubt that this most unique interpretation of this classic tune will be getting a LOT of airplay on many different types of stations around the globe!
The acoustic guitar intro for “Body Heat” is just splendid, and when Márcio joins in, you’ll feel the warmth of love… just the type of song we need for our oh-so-troubled times.
Márcio’s beautiful original composition, “Elegant Fish“, the title track, closes out the album… there’s no question that this high-energy tune is one of the most creative jazz journeys I’ve listened to (yet) in 2021!
After listening through the entire album twice (with headphones on, of course), I had no doubt what my choice for personal favorite of the dozen offered up would be… their performance on Benny Golson’s “Along Came Betty” will have you up and dancin’ ’round the room as soon as it opens… great energy and a clear demonstration of how much the players enjoy playing together.
I give Márcio and all his stunning players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this highly contemporary jazz adventure. Get more information on Márcio’s BandCamp page for the album as it becomes available. Rotcod Zzaj
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