Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CD Review: Toninho Ferragutti's 'O Sorriso Da Manu'

Toninho Ferragutti
O Sorriso Da Manu

Brazil's Toninho Ferragutti brings us a pleasant album of instrumental greatness, Latin jazz, and neo-classical brilliance. The musical repertoire includes piano, accordion, viola, clarinet, contrabass, violins, assorted percussion, and other strings. The tunes are rather light, yet contain a little flamenco embellishments, as well as jazzy undertones. The piano twinkles with jazzy brilliance, as well as the ambulating instrumentation. The music is very cinematic and all-encompassing. Nothing is overtly dance, Latin, jazz, or fusion. There seems to be a good mix of styles and instrumentation that should satisfy any Brazilian music fan. There are nine compositions in all. The melodic tunes are energetic, contemplative, and playful throughout. The music changes with the moods of the instruments. Fans of the accordion will love it. Others into Brazilian jazz and contemporary music will also love it. You can't help but love it. ~ Matthew Forss

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