Quarteto Novo [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
An impressive late-'60s Brazilian jazz album, featuring early
work by percussionist
Airto Moreira, multi-instrumental
Hermeto Pascoal, and the politically-inclined
MPB songwriter Geraldo Vandre, along with guitarists Theo De Barros and
Do Monte. The album opens with "O Ovo,"
a brisk update of the turn-of-the-century "choro"
style popularized by
Brazilian musical pioneers. The album gradually progresses into more modern,
straightforward jazz material (which isn't as much fun) and even a
forro tune. The playing throughout is very rich, well recorded, and vastly
superior to many of their Braz-jazz contemporaries, even dipping into a mellow
Vince Guaraldi-style vibe. This isn't just a cool footnote into the early
careers of several of Brazil's most important musicians, it's also a very
enjoyable, well-performed album. Recommended! --an Amazon reviewer