Felipe Salles: Seven Days

Track

Seven Days

Artist

Felipe Salles (soprano, tenor, baritone saxes)

CD

South American Suite (Curare Records CRCD 3864)

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Musicians:

Felipe Salles (soprano, tenor, baritone saxes),

Joel Yennior (trombone), Jacam Manricks (flute, alto sax), Laura Arpiainen (violin), Nando Michelin (piano), Fernando Huergo (bass), Bertram Lehmann (drums), Rogerio Boccato (percussion)

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Composed by Felipe Salles

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Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, August 10-11, 2006

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Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Salles's South American Suite is an impressive seven-piece work, and the opening "Seven Days" perhaps best accomplishes its intent. Salles takes native rhythms of Brazil – some well-known, many more obscure – and writes compelling compositions based on them, with richly textured modern orchestrations that encourage expressive ensemble playing and solos. The leader's tenor and Michelin's piano begin the track with a spiritual duet remindful of Coltrane and Tyner, which soon evolves into a dancing riff-like melody inspired by two Brazilian rhythms – the Baião and Maracatu – with trombone punctuating the enticing beat. The theme is then effectively repeated at times with varying blends of instruments. Among the soloists during this absorbing, nearly 11-minute performance, Manricks on alto and Salles on tenor excel, each creatively using vocalized inflections and cleverly altered rhythmic patterns to enhance the harmonic depth of their improvisations.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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