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Saturday, December 03, 2016

CD Review: Leandro Cabral Trio - Alfa

Leandro Cabral (piano); Sidiel Vieira (bass); Vitor Cabral (drums) + V.anessa Moreno (vocal); Cássio Ferreira (alto)
(Review by Lance).
For some unknown reason, maybe it was the packaging, I thought this was an ECM release.
Four bars in I knew it wasn't!
Absolutely delightful example of today's Brazillian jazz.
Cabral, a young pianist based in Sao Paolo, is a real find. Sensitive, explorative and, behind Vanessa Moreno, as sympathetic an accompanist as any singer could wish for - and Moreno isn't just 'any singer' but a sultry serenader reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto. The addition of Cássia Ferreira on sax adds to the ambiance of the track.
Composer of 7 of the 10 tracks (of the others; 2 are by Jobim and one by Johnny Alf) Cabral is as adept with the [virtual] musical pen as he is with the piano. His compositions are melodic, at times almost Chopinesque, whilst his playing sounds like Bill Evans may have sounded had Bill Evans been born in Brazil.
I'm not sure if Cabral the drummer is related to Cabral the pianist but the intuitive touches they share suggests he may be and Vieira is undoubtedly a musical blood brother.
An album to play repeatedly to capture the subtle nuances and perhaps persuade you to take your next holiday in Sao Paolo.
Described as his sophomore album (that means his second) the Leandro Cabral Trio's Alfa is now available.
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