Brazilian pianist Age Garcia recently moved to South Florida, where he recorded Alabastro (Golden Dome), which consists of 10 of his compositions. The performances are short, from 3:16 to 4:52. There is minimal jazz content here and little interaction between Garcia and bassist David Wertman and drummer/percussionist Neal Backman. Garcia’s piano dominates the proceedings-there is only one bass solo and there are no drum solos-and his tunes are somewhat reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi’s but without Guaraldi’s melodic hooks. (It is possible that a lyricist could use “So Far” and “Mirra” to create good songs for a vocalist.)
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