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ADOLFO, ANTONIO - Tema - CD - AAM Music - 2015

Tema is a recording full of beauty. Engaging melodies are at the heart of each tune here, treated with sensitive, crafted and concise jazz playing.

Antonio Adolfo is a seasoned Brazilian artist, and he is responsible for all the compositions here (some are co-written with others) as well as the piano playing. Each of the pieces has its own melodic hooks, and these are kept even on the improvisation parts, maintaining the lyrical articulation of the music.

The opening "Alegria For All" features budding unisons of the piano with flute and electric guitar. These are a bit mischievous, and Latin flavors are incorporated gently to the percussions. The electric guitar solo (by Leo Amuedo) here is truly magnificent, so much that we just had to point it out.

The second track "Natureza" is more plaintive and fragile, but the interplay (including, one again, exceptional guitar playing) is bright and makes everything sound hopeful.

These aforementioned tones recur throughout Tema, which is a consistently elevating, intimate yet lush album. This is tuneful jazz of the highest caliber. (8.6/10)

 

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