music (Review - International)

Antonio Adolfo "Chora Baiao" (AAM, 2011)
(Produced by Antonio Adolfo)
New stuff from Brazilian jazz pianist Antonio Adolfo, who explores the music of composers Chico Buarque and Guinga, with a trio of his own originals tunes woven in between a bunch of their songs. Adolfo largely sidesteps the bigs hits of the Buarque and Guinga repertoires in favor of lesser-known material that gives him a chance to stretch the songs out into a jazz context without fear of ruffling the feathers of fans... The album has a soft-jazz/fusion feel, with some elegant piano work, particularly on a pair of songs, "Voce, Voce" and "A Ostra E O Vento," which feature Adolfo's daughter, vocalist Carol Saboya. If you've enjoyed his recent records, or if you are generally into softer contemporary jazz styles, this is certainly worth a spin.