REVIEW: Antonio Adolfo’s “Finas Misturas”

Antonio Adolfo photo AAdolfo_cover_zpscc4c810a.jpg Pianist Antonio Adolfo has released a mighty fine recording in the form of Finas Misturas (AAM Music), the title of which translates to “fine mixtures”, and after hearing this, it is the mixtures of different instruments and influences that help make this album a stand out.

For those of you who may follow or casually glance at my jazz reviews, you’ll know that I’m a fan of the jazz flute. My dad loved Herbie Mann’s music like crazy, and while to this day it’s still not considered a primary jazz instrument, I like it because of its sound, how its played, and what it can do within a jazz context. Marcelo Martins handles the flute along this album (he also does tenor sax duties in other tracks), but hearing their rendition of Bill Evans’ “Time Remembered” will definitely make people think that this is a fine mixture indeed.

It’s a bit like coming into a new city or town, not sure where to go. Maybe you’re at a hotel and you head downstairs into the bar, and you ask for a drink. You tell the bartender to make the bar’s special. He offers a suggestion of Keith Jarrett’s “Memories Of Tomorrow”, and you take it. You get a pinch of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma”, you swig it down. A double shot of John Coltrane in the form of an expected “Giant Steps” but then here comes “Naima”. Then after a few drinks, you know you’ve got a mean buzz and you might as well head back into your room and sleep off and… oh, who is this? A seductive hand touches yours and says “hello, I’m” and you don’t even remember her saying her name. She wants to give you a drink but you say “I’m good” and she says “no no, let’s make it a nightcap”. She tells the bartender to make the both of you her favorite: Chick Corea’s “Crystal Silence”. Oh, you say after the first step, now this one is a doozy. You dare think if asking about the ingredients of this fine mixture but the lady says “no, you look like you’ve had enough”. The next thing you see is sunlight, and a note near your cell, and a room number. You know you’re supposed to be on a plane in a few hours, but you take a shower and try to figure out what you’ll do next. The beauty of Finas Misturas is wondering about the possibilities but being more than happy about its ultimate conclusions.

(Finas Misturas will be released on March 11th.)

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