Vinho Do Porto

Vinho Do Porto

by Portinho Trio

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Overview

Vinho Do Porto

When drummers in Brazilian music are brought up, veteran Portinho's name has to be near the top of the list. A rhythm maker without peer, he has been a sideman all of his adult life, but these trio and quartet sessions should easily elevate his cache as a leader. They reveal him as a lover of not only the samba, but modern contemporary jazz, as evidenced by the mix of tunes from his homeland and the U.S. Mainstream trombonist Jay Ashby is the lone horn soloist, the quite able pianist Klaus Mueller has a large voice in the proceedings, while Itaiguara Brandao is the bassist on eight tracks, and the veteran Lincoln Goines on another three. This is a tight, precise, and joyous band that expands the parameters of both styles of instrumental music, paying homage to several different influences. Of the gems on this CD are Don Grolnick's great tune "Pools" with Mueller's nimble piano and the poignant bass of Goines, a hopped-up Latinized but fairly straight version of Wayne Shorter's immortal standard "Footprints" with Ashby's buoyant trombone upfront, Paquito d'Rivera's popping tune "Who's Smokin'?" where Mueller and Ashby wittily play separate halves of the melody, and the nice, light, slightly off minor inserted line of "Satin Doll." Of the Brazilian tunes, a spiky, kinetic Ashby identifies the modern, tricky staccato chart of Dom Salvador's "Vinho Do Porto," Hermeto Pascoal's "Viva O Rio De Janeiro" shifts from 7/8 to 4/4 time effortlessly in samba beat with Ashby's 'bone gliding along, and the famous melody of "Aquarela Do Brasil" is a tune that is as breezy, carefree and accessible as any perfect vacation tropical day. The samba "Vai De Vez" is the most unforced and down filled tune of the date, especially from underrated veteran Ashby, and the velvet surfaced "Homage to Tom" the softest. What Portinho brings to the dance is his ineffable good common sense, perfection in any tempo, restrained power, and an ability to shade, color and accent beats like few drummers in any category. This is a highly recommended album, a treat for those who already know the work of Portinho, and a revelation for those who don't.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2008
Label: Mcg Jazz
UPC: 0612262103322
catalogNumber: 1033

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Portinho Trio   Primary Artist
Jay Ashby   Percussion,Trombone,Guest Appearance
Lincoln Goines   Bass,Upright Bass,Group Member
Portinho   Drums,Group Member
Klaus Mueller   Piano,Group Member
Itaiguara Brandao   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Paquito D'Rivera   Composer,Author
Don Grolnick   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Roberto Menescal   Composer
Jay Ashby   Producer
Marty Ashby   Executive Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Hermeto Pascoal   Composer
Portinho   Arranger
Claudio Roditi   Composer
Dom Salvador   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Carlos Lyra   Composer
Ary Barroso   Composer
Jay Dudt   Engineer
Marino Pinto   Composer
Ronaldo Bôscoli   Composer
Lula Freire   Composer
Jeff O.Brien Myers   Cover Art
Klaus Mueller   Arranger

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