The Brazilian Trio: Forests

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Forests

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The Brazilian Trio

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Forests (Zoho ZM200806)

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Musicians:

Helio Alves (piano),

Nilson Matta (bass), Duduka Da Fonseca (drums)

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Composed by Nilson Matta

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Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, May 22-23 and September 24, 2007

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Rating: 82/100 (learn more)

This composition by bassist Nilson Matta is a 3- part suite. In part one, sound effects from a Brazilian rain forest introduce Helio Alves's gentle but melancholic piano. The second part then kicks off an upbeat rhythmic adventure. Alves's sensitive pianism is pushed along by the steady syncopated beat of Matta and drummer Da Fonseca, with his restrained use of cymbals. Alves's one-line improvisations converse nicely with Da Fonseca's drum rolls until breaking into a samba-influenced solo that allows for exploration atop the more heated rhythmic activity. Midway through the center section, we are treated to a subtle interplay between Matta and Da Fonseca, which then yields to the drummer's tasty, understated solo. In the final section, Alves and company return to the melancholic feel of the first section, bringing the suite to appropriate closure. One man's vision of the forest of his native land.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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