John Finbury, the only American in this bunch, is a Massachusetts based pianist and songwriter who caused something of a stir in 2016 when a song of his was nominated for a Latin Grammy. His new recording, Sorte! (Greenflash; 28:46 ♦ ♦ ♦ ½), is a collaboration with Brazilian actress-singer Thalma De Freitas, who wrote the Portuguese lyrics. This is sophisticated Brazilian style chamber jazz, played to the hilt by a group of mostly Brazilian all-stars, including guitarist Chico Pinheiro, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, pianist Victor Gonçalves, and percussionists Airto Moreira and Rogerio Boccato.

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Beyond – Downbeat Magazine Review By Allen Morrison

DownBeat Oct 2019 Pg 66

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