Friday, December 17, 2010

2 Sem. 2010 - Part Twenty

Joyce & Tutty Moreno
Samba, Jazz & Outras Bossas

by Dr. Leandro "Leo" Lage, The MPB-Jazz Guru
Quando surgiu em 1968,grande parte da crítica torceu o nariz para ela: ninguém acreditava naquela compositora-cantora: seria uma "jogada" da gravadora porque ela era uma "gata"? Bom,os anos vieram provar que Joyce além de uma menina linda,também viria a ser uma de nossas maiores compositoras,ótima cantora,violonista talentosa,até hoje,firme na estrada como vem provar nesse seu último disco que divide com seu marido,obaterista e também saxofonista Tutty Moreno(este cara fez um disco irrepreensível chamado Forças da Alma,lembram-se ?). Nesse CD Joyce e Tutty comemoram 30 anos de casado e convidaram um time de músicos imbatível. Manjem só:Jorge Helder(baixo),Lula Galvão(violão),Nailor Proveta(sax alto),Teco Cardoso(flauta,sax barítono),Hélio Alves(piano),Vittor Santos(trombone),Jessé Sadoc(trumpete),Paulo Aragão(violão) e Henrique Band(sax tenor).
Querem ouvir jazz,bossa-nova e samba ? Tudo isso você encontrará aqui,da mais alta qualidade. Das 14 músicas 10 são de Joyce e as outras são de Moacir Santos(April child), da dupla Luiz Reis e Haroldo Barbosa(Devagar com a louça),Baden e Vinicius(Berimbau,num arranjo notável de Dori Caymmi) e Embalo(Tenório Jr. numa linda e comovente homenagem). Um dos pontos altos do disco é a participação desse grande pianista,Hélio Alves. No cair de 2010,eis que surge esse discaço. Não percam!

Dado Moroni Trio

Cover (Shapes:Dado Moroni Trio)

by Claudio Botelho
Some twenty years came by since Ron Carter presented this Italian piano player (and, now, singer…) to the American jazz aficionados. Last year, I listened to his “Solodado” (Abeat Jazz/2009), comprising solos of some well known songs and others of his make. Man, what a Yamaha was that piano! I never thought it could sound so good! Was the Bösendorfer, now owned by that Japanese company, the culprit? Maybe so, as Yamahas used to have a metalized signature.
Anyway, this time he is with another sound maven, acting as a bonus in what is already a very satisfying work.
It seems, he pays tribute to McCoy Tyner and Shirley Horn in his renderings of his own “Brother Alfred” (which could as well be named “Brother McCoy”) and “Here’s to Life” which, nobody can deny, has been a hallmark of that late diva. The veteran pianist was mentioned in Moroni’s acknowledgments. “Brother Alfred”was performed in an up tempo mood which wouldn’t be my preferred pace to homage Tyner, as his faster playing seems a little mixed up, presenting notes in excess. This distracts the listener from following the natural course of the song. Still, that is the way Tyner is more easily recognizable. It may explain the reason behind Moroni. I’d rather listen to McCoy Tyner in slower tempi…
“Here’s to Life” was sung in a respectful manner: the spirit of the song was judiciously followed and he decided not to abstract from its main line. It wasn’t jazz in fact, although he chose to sing it in a very particular way, which was faster than Horn’s, just bordering the line that would transform it altogether. But he succeeds very well in his kinda masculine rough singing: The message came out unaltered. If, as I guess, he was thinking of her, kudos for him! (I know, I Know: he said it was dedicated to Bobby Durham – “drummer extraordinaire” – but I couldn’t stop thinking of her…)
Every jazz musician is potentially a composer and a singer and, in this work, Moroni shows he’s not any different…
Two Brazilian gem songs from Lins (“Love Dance”) and Jobim (“Desafinado”) compose his portfolio and the trio presents them with panache, showing a right balance and a very interesting intro arrangement in its “Desafinado” presentation. It was never out-of-tune!
The welcome piece, a song from his make named “Ballade pour Gianni”, is uncommonly plenty of optimism for a ballad. I did not have the lucky of knowing that master sax man (Gianni Basso) but, judging by the easy flow of that song, he was really someone special!
Electronic Keyboards…Why use it here? I don’t know, maybe for a change… Listen to “For the time Being” and “Shark Attack”. They’re not bad, by any standards, but I would be happier with the other way. Anyway, listen to the fancy atmosphere of the first of these. In the following, the shark attacks first with a bass and the drums, then uses the keyboards. The danger prevails all the time…
You can also listen to the imaginative “the Duck and the Duchess”, also by him, and to “F.B.S”, which presents a piano-bass duel and, once more, Tyner arrived…
All in all, an excellent production from TCB, with a very important support from Zerodiecistudio of Genève.

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