Wonderful collaboration of Brazilian jazz John Finbury – SORTE!: Brazilian singer-songwriter-actress Thalma de Freitas is joined by an all-star set of players (Vitor Gonçalves – piano, Rhodes & accordion; Chico Pinheiro – guitar; John Patitucci – bass; Duduka da Fonseca – drums; Airto Moreira – percussion and Rogerio Boccato – percussion) in a wonderful collaboration of Brazilian jazz from John Finbury… as always, the VERY best way to be introduced to musical winners like this is to watch them LIVE – in this case, Thalma and the band performing the opener & title track, “Sorte!“…
…absolutely SWEET, folks… be sure to SUBSCRIBE to John’s YouTube channel, too, so you can watch more great performances.
I loved that opener, but I also found the 5:12 “Oração” to be totally intriguing… partially because it opens with sounds of the rain forest, but also because the recording and execution are pure perfection… I have no doubt that this tune will achieve HIGH spin levels on jazz stations ’round the world!
A sense of true serendipity courses through each of the songs, & the mutual birth dates of Thalma and John in May on the song “Maio” just can’t be a coincidence… they were meant to work together.
Since I’m a keyboard player, it was certainly a no brainer that my personal favorite of the six sultry songs offered up for your jazz listening pleasure would be the 4:49 closer, “Surrealismo Tropical“… absolutely one of the most haunting jazz tunes I’ve listened to (yet) in 2019!
I give John & the players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this splendid album. Get more information on the Green Flash music label site.
Originally published on Contemporary Fusion Reviews By Dick Metcalf, editor, May 30, 2019