Monday, December 4, 2017

Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido

Kudos to Antonio Adolfo, who just received a Grammy nomination for the best Latin Jazz album for Hybrido – From Rio To Wayne Shorter. On it, Adolfo interprets standards by Shorter, including "Speak No Evil" and "E.S.P." Antonio is backed by the likes of Lula Galvão (electric guitar) and Jorge Helder (double bass). Shorter is a legendary composer and saxophonist who played with Art Blakey and Miles Davis before co-founding the fusion group Weather Report. He has also collaborated with Milton Nascimento and other Brazilian musicians for decades. Adolfo is a master of fusing jazz and Brazilian styles, has composed MPB standards such as "Sá Marina" (Pretty World), and has been an important figure in Brazilian music since the 1960s. Here, he adds his usual deft touch to some great material. Highly recommended. The album was also nominated for a "Latin Grammy" award in 2017 in the Best Latin Jazz/Jazz category. Available from: AAM Records, 2017.