Embrace

Embrace

by Dave Pietro
     
 
Saxophonist Dave Pietro has opted to conjure up the sounds of Brazil by way of his own muse. Rather than exclusively relying upon the work of, say, Antonio Carlos Jobim or other noted Brazilian composers, Pietro has composed many of his own Latin-inspired pieces. His mixed ensemble features both American jazz players -- including pianist David Berkman, guitarist

Overview

Saxophonist Dave Pietro has opted to conjure up the sounds of Brazil by way of his own muse. Rather than exclusively relying upon the work of, say, Antonio Carlos Jobim or other noted Brazilian composers, Pietro has composed many of his own Latin-inspired pieces. His mixed ensemble features both American jazz players -- including pianist David Berkman, guitarist Pete McCann, and trumpeter Scott Wendholt -- and Brazilian musicians, including drummers Paulinho Braga and Duduka Da Fonseca and percussionist Waltinho Anastacio. The intermingling of musicians -- the jazzmen bringing improvisational acumen, the Brazilians adding rhythmic spice (Anastacio is featured on three solo “interludes”) -- enriches the melodic qualities of the compositions. A gifted saxophonist, a crafty arranger, and a clever composer, Pietro admirably evokes the pleasures of Brazilian music without ever going for a spot-on imitation. His own music never loses its American flavor, and that element adds richness to this delightful and engrossing project.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Dave Pietro's approach to Brazilian music avoids the tepid attempts by Americans who simply add Brazilian rhythm sections to their existing front lines and expect the results to astound everyone. Instead, the saxophonist mixed and matched musicians from both continents in different combinations from one track to the next, fusing elements of post-bop into original compositions with Latin rhythms. Pietro's "Never Nothing" features adventurous solos by the leader (on alto sax) and trumpeter Scott Wendholdt. The delightful "Equanimity" suggests children playing, while his writing for the backing horns and reeds, along with the wordless vocals of Valtinho Anastacio, make it a song worth returning to. The engaging percussion of Anastacio and drummer Paulo Braga provides the foundation of "Cururu," which would likely get any crowd on their feet to dance. Pete McCann introduces the timeless bossa nova "Canto Triste" on nylon-string acoustic guitar as Pietro switches to the infrequently heard C-melody sax for this bittersweet ballad. Pietro plays soprano sax in his tense, uptempo "Hamartia" and his mellow ballad "Embrace." The supporting cast of musicians also includes either Helio Alves or David Berkman on piano, bassist Nilson Matta, drummer Duduka Da Foncesa (of the group Trio da Paz), trombonist Pete McGuinness, and tenor saxophonist Tom Christensen, among others.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2004
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917324228
catalogNumber:
73242
Rank:
309563

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Pietro   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,C-Melody Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Valtinho Anastacio   Percussion,Conga,Vocals,Berimbau,Caxixi,Pandeiro,Surdo,Cuica,Shaker,Tamborim
Paulinho Braga   Drums
Sergio Brandao   Electric Bass
David Finck   Acoustic Bass
Duduka Da Fonseca   Drums
Nilson Matta   Acoustic Bass
Scott Wendholt   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Berkman   Piano,fender rhodes
Helio Alves   Piano
Pete McGuinness   Trombone
Tom Christensen   Clarinet,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Pete McCann   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)

Technical Credits

Chico Buarque   Composer
Edú Lobo   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Valtinho Anastacio   Composer
Michael Marciano   Engineer
Dave Pietro   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bret Primack   Liner Notes
Fernando M. Natalici   Cover Photo
Anita Brown   Session Photographer

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