Colors of Latin Jazz: Samba

Colors of Latin Jazz: Samba


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The term Latin jazz usually refers to a blend of jazz and Afro-Cuban music. When people hear the term Latin jazz, the artists who immediately come to mind include Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Cal Tjader, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, and Poncho Sanchez. Meanwhile, the term Brazilian jazz has been used to describe artists ranging from Airto Moreira to Stan Getz to Claudio Roditi -- improvisers who have combined jazz with Brazilian rhythms. Latin jazz and Brazilian jazz are thought of as two separate categories, but because Brazilian music is a form of Latin music, Brazilian jazz is technically a form of Latin jazz. Thus, it makes perfect sense for Concord to put together a Brazilian jazz compilation and call it Colors of Latin Jazz: Samba. Assembled in 2002, this good-to-excellent CD looks back on Concord's contributions to Brazilian jazz in the '80s and '90s. Some of the selections are actually by Brazilian artists, including Tania Maria's "Dear Dee Vee," Marcos Silva's "Street Samba," and Flora Purim's "Samba Do Cantor." But some of the artists are not, which isn't surprising because Stan Getz and Bud Shank proved long ago that one doesn't have to be Brazilian to play Brazilian jazz effectively. Some of the American improvisers who demonstrate their mastery of the samba beat include pianist Joanne Brackeen on "Recado Bossa Nova," flutist Ali Ryerson on "Não Está Colando (I'm Not Buying It)," and guitarist Charlie Byrd on Luiz Bonfá's familiar "Samba de Orfeu" (which features Ken Peplowski on tenor sax). Colors of Latin Jazz: Samba is far from the last word on Concord's Brazilian jazz output -- for one thing, it doesn't include anything by Laurindo Almeida. But it's an enjoyable compilation that shows listeners how appealing a combination jazz improvisation and the Brazilian samba rhythm can be.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2002
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431530824
catalogNumber: 5308
Rank: 107370

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joanne Brackeen   Track Performer
Charlie Byrd   Track Performer
Jeff Linsky   Track Performer
Tania Maria   Track Performer
Hendrik Meurkens   Track Performer
Ken Peplowski   Track Performer
Marcos Silva   Track Performer
Ali Ryerson   Track Performer
Trio da Paz   Track Performer
Weber Drummond   Track Performer
Romero Lubambo   Track Performer
Nilson Matta   Track Performer
Hélcio Milito   Track Performer
Flora Purim   Track Performer
Claudio Roditi   Track Performer
Claudia Villela   Track Performer
Jorge Dalto & The Interamerican Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Burk   Executive Producer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Michelle White   Illustrations

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