Friday, May 6, 2011

CD Review: The Brazilian-Jazz Sounds of Nilson Matta & Roni Ben-Hur's 'Mojave'

Nilson Matta & Roni Ben-Hur w/Victor Lewis & Cafe


The acclaimed quartet of Nilson Matta, Roni Ben-Hur, Victor Lewis, and Cafe, display a fine set of international musical talents with two Americans (one of Israeli origin) and two Brazilians on-board. Mojave includes Roni on guitar, Nilson on bass, Victor on drums, and Cafe on percussion. The instrumental, Brazilian jazz tunes are a mix of original compositions and music by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, and Burt Bacharach. The cool-jazz feel of the compositions reflect the relaxed nature of watching the sunset on the beach with palm trees swaying gently in the breeze. While that is a dream for most and a reality for some, the primary importance of Mojave is it's global, yet accessible appeal. The instrumental ambiance incorporates a bit of jazz, samba, bebop, and Latin elements without the big bands and orchestras, which gives it a more intimate and welcoming sound. Anyone with an interest in Brazilian jazz music will find Mojave scintillatingly addictive. ~ Matthew Forss

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