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Rich Perry/Harold Danko: Cancoes do Brasil

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On this unusual recording, we find two widely experienced North American jazzmen, tenorman Rich Perry and pianist Harold Danko, embracing nine pieces by Brazilian composers that seem to have come about independently of the bossa nova movement. As a matter of fact, so as to emphasize the uniquely lyrical quality of this material, Perry and Danko eschewed the support of a conventional Latino or even jazz rhythm section. Using all of the freedom inherent in a duo setting, they engage Edu Lobo’s “Canto Triste,” Egberto Gismonti’s “Cafe” and “Memoria E. Fado,” Toninho Horta’s “Beijo Partido,” Francis Hime’s “A Tarde” and “Hora E. Lugar,” Ivan Lins’ “Choro Das Aquas,” Milton Nascimento’s “Leila, Venha Ser Feliz,” and Nelson Cavaquinho’s “Folhas Secas” as if to the manner born. Presumably not designed for dancing, this music is nevertheless subtly rhythmic and in a sense almost hypnotic in its charm.

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