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Tutty Moreno: Forcas d’Alma (Forces of the Soul)

Were you not informed that this was an album of Brazilian jazz performed by a Brazilian drummer, you might never guess it. No giveaway ta-tap-tap-tap-ta-taps of bossa nova, no jingle-jangling percussion. Instead, it’s a collection of thoughtful jazz restatements, in the best late 20th century sense, of a handful of tunes that represent some of Brazil’s most interesting, complex composers.

Moreno, a respected drummer in Brazil for three decades, learned his craft studying the likes of Edison Machado, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette, and has performed with everyone from Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento and Gilberto Gil to Joe Lovano and Jim Hall, yet this is only his second recording as a leader.

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