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Phil Wilson’s Panamerican All-Stars: Celebrate the Music of Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim

Don’t look for trombonist Phil Wilson to take the Jobim route less traveled here. This is, for the most part, a collection of the composer’s most famous and frequently recorded themes, beginning with “Desafinado” and featuring “Corcovado,” “Triste,” “Samba De Uma Nota So” and “Chega De Saudade.” But if the melodies are largely familiar, the arrangements are invariably fresh, as you might expect coming from an ensemble that features Wilson on trombone, Matt Marvuglio on bass flute, Larry Baione on guitar, Dario Eskenazi on piano, Oscar Stagnaro on electric bass, and Mark Walker on drums.

Of course, those aware of Wilson’s credits-big band stints with Woody Herman and Buddy Rich, for starters-won’t be surprised to find that it’s not the songs but the settings that allow this Jobim tribute to stand apart. There are harmonic and textural subtleties throughout, with Marvuglio’s resonant flute and Wilson’s airy lyricism contributing more than their share of charms to “Corcovado,” also a terrific showcase for Eskenazi and Baione, and several other performances, not least a soulful take on “Insensatez.”

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