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Bob Mintzer Big Band : For the Moment

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A love letter to Brazil, this aural travelogue blends tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer’s compositions with tracks by Baden Powell, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chico Pinheiro, a São Paulo guitarist and vocalist whose version of “Corcovado” transforms Jobim’s glittery ennui into subtle swing.

The musicianship of all involved, including fellow Yellowjacket Russell Ferrante on piano, makes Mintzer’s Los Angeles big band run like clockwork, and Marty Ashby’s production is clean and even, allowing Mintzer’s varied voicings to shine. This is a summery album, nimble and generally lighthearted. Mintzer’s title track is a delight, setting flutes against guitar until they mesh behind Frank Basile’s baritone saxophone and Mintzer’s own tenor. Mintzer has fun with his arrangements.

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