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Felipe Salles: Departure

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São Paulo native Felipe Salles blends the visceral and the cerebral on his fascinating fifth album, infusing classical modernist strains with the buoyant rhythms of his Brazilian homeland. And that’s by no means all. Departure spans a hard, shape-shifting blues (“B’s Blues”), Bartók-ian snake-charmer sounds (“Béla’s Reflection”), dappled pastorale (“Adagio Triste,” featuring Salles’ floating flute over strings) and invigorating postbop in “Natural Selection,” the last track.

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