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Lori Bell: The Music of Djavan

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Jazz flute and Brazilian music go all the way back to Herbie Mann’s pioneering work, recordings that predated even tenor saxophonist Stan Getz’s crossover hits. Both Getz and Mann embraced bossa nova and collaborated with Brazilian musicians, but Bell, a flute player whose Web site’s motto is “From Bach to Bebop,” here delves into the broader, more eclectic Brazilian “tropicalismo” of composer Djavan, with his wider rhythmic palette and pop and rock elements. The emphasis is on jazz rather than the tropics, a more propulsive rhythmic approach signaled by David Enos frequently using electric bass rather than acoustic, the presence of Tamir Hendelman’s piano, the absence of guitar, and drummer Enzo Todesco’s funky takes on Brazilian and jazz rhythms.

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