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Nilson Matta: EastSideRioDrive

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Brazilian-born, now New York-based acoustic bassist and bandleader Nilson Matta finds distinctive, sometimes unexpected ways to present well-known compositions on EastSideRioDrive. Matta is joined by a stellar group of players-including saxophonist Craig Handy, flutist Anne Drummond, guitarist Romero Lubambo, pianist Edsel Gomez and percussionist Cyro Baptista-and he utilizes them to great effect in a variety of combinations, all anchored by his eloquent, melodic bass work.

The set kicks off with the Matta original “Sertao,” a sparkling full-band Brazilian dance number with a stick-in-your-head melody, set aloft by Lubambo’s rhythmic guitar and Jesse Lynn’s vibrant vocals. Matta opens his cover of Charles Mingus’ “Boogie Stop Shuffle” with an agile solo, and then he and the ensemble take off, turning the familiar tune into a freewheeling jam driven by Handy, Drummond and Gomez’s inventive soloing.

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