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.