Sons Of Brazil: Bala Con Bala


Bala Con Bala


The Sons Of Brazil


While You Were Out (Standing Bear)

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Stanton Kessler (flugelhorn), Danny Embrey (guitar), Roger Wilder (piano), Greg Whitfield (bass), Doug Auwarter (drums).

Composed by Joao Bosco


Recorded: Roeland Park, Kansas, 2008


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

As improbable as it may seem, there is a bona fide connection between these Kansas City players and the birthplace of the bossa nova and the samba. Guitarist Danny Embry used to play with Sergio Mendes; percussionist Doug Auwarter makes frequent trips to Brazil, where he performs and teaches. Those factors and the group’s obvious dedication to the unique rhythms, textures and dynamics that are hallmarks of Brazilian music should sufficiently dispel any reservation on the part of Latin music aficionados.

There is plenty of ear-pleasing solo work in this piece and an interesting opening dialogue between the piano and guitar- but the main attraction of this lively samba is the authentic feel and pulse, which should have you dancing navel-to-navel in a heartbeat. Toto, we’re definitely not in Kansas, anymore.

Reviewer: Bill Barnes

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