Àlvar Monfort (tp, flh), Piero Cozzi (as), Jaume Vilaseca (p), Ramiro Pinheiro (vcl, g), Rodrigo Balduino (b), Pedrinho Augusto (d), Pablo Giménez (fl)
Reference: FSWJ 049 CD
Bar code: 8427328425490
Alma Brasileira is a real journey. A joyful and surprising pilgrimage through Brazilian music, and a singular way of feeling this culture. They stroll along paths which have been opened by jazz, moving smoothly through improvisation, recreating themselves in the interaction of the musicians, and thus giving birth to an album which is alive.
Edu Lobo (Casa Forte open the album, with a firm declaration of intent), Moacir Santos, Carlos Lyra, Tom Jobim (Mojave, a rare and precious waltz), Chico Buarque (Chão de Esmeraldas, the first of the three vocal pieces of music, in the bright voice of Ramiro Pinheiro), giants of composition are harmoniously accompanied by the works of Àlvar Monfort (Qué te voy a decir, Olga, a samba-choro that sounds deeply familiar), Piero Cozzi (La Única, another samba, that carries scents of something a little more jazzy) and Ramiro Pinheiro (closing the album, the evocative baião Viagem Nova).
In this exhibition of landscapes and rhythms there is, at the same time, an homogeneous concept, a unity which breathes diversity, a varnish which gives it all a unique brightness. It is an album that resembles a journey, a Viagem Nova.
—Ana Rossi (From the inside liner notes)