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28 May 2017

Raul de Souza “Colors” 1974 Brazil Jazz,Latin Jazz,Modal Jazz







Raul de Souza “Colors” 1974 Brazil Jazz,Latin Jazz,Modal Jazz
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This nearly forgotten Brazilian trombonist -- a protégé of Airto Moreira and Flora Purim who made a moderate impact in the U.S. in the '70s only to mysteriously give it up and return to Brazil and subsequent obscurity -- resurfaces on a CD reissue of a star-studded session from 1974. Producer Airto, who appears frequently on percussion (never mind the camouflaged percussion credits "Kenneth Nash and others; " one shake and you know it's Airto), succeeded in enlisting J.J. Johnson to make the horn arrangements and getting the polyrhythmic drums of Jack DeJohnette to drive the session. Cannonball Adderley makes one of his last appearances on record (he died nine months later), his alto sax burning in an otherwise cluttered stab at Baden Powell's "Canto de Ossanha," and venturing on the outside on "Chants to Burn." The most noteworthy track is Joe Zawinul's "Dr. Honoris Causa," which gets a fascinating Brazilian/jazz/rock arrangement straight out of the mid-'70s. Although the occasionally overloaded arrangements sometimes get in the way of the rhythm section, Raul turns in some capable, swinging, breathlessly phrased performances, perhaps excited by the non-playing presence of the great Johnson..... by Richard S. Ginell.....allmusic.............

The inimitable trombonist Raul de Souza recorded "Colors" for the Milestone label in 1974, with production of Airto Moreira and the plight of jazz trombone giant J. J. Johnson in the arrangements. At the head of a combo formed by first-rate musicians like: Jack DeJohnette, on drums; Ted Lo, piano and keyboards; Richard Davis, double bass and, although not listed as a musician in the session, the percussion of Airto Moreira and Kenneth Nash. Being one of the best albums ever recorded by Raul, "Colors" brings a high quality repertoire, with the trombonist passing from the gafieira to the fusion with the most naturalness. The highlight of the session is the participation of the saxophonist Cannonbal Adderley in a straight-ahead version of "Song of Ossanha" and "Chants to Burn." The fusion is visited on two themes composed by leading style, Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea in "Dr. Honoris Causa "and" Crystal Silence ", respectively. Having achieved relative international success in the 1970s, Raul currently lives in Brazil where, obviously, he has fewer opportunities to show his art to the general public than he deserves. Raul is undoubtedly one of the great stylists of the instrument, having developed his own voice, in a career that reaches 5 decades of pure art...........

Credits
Arranged By [Horns], Conductor [Horns] – J.J. Johnson
Bass – Richard Davis (2)
Drums – Jack DeJohnette
Engineer – Don Cody
Executive-Producer – Orrin Keepnews
Illustration [Silk Screen] – J. Putnam*
Keyboards – Ted Lo
Mastered By – David Turner (2)
Percussion – Kenneth Nash
Photography By – Phil Bray
Producer – Airto*
Reeds – Jerome Richardson (tracks: A1, A3 to B3), Sahib Shihab (tracks: A1, A3 to B3)
Soloist [Guest] – Cannonball Adderley (tracks: A2, B3)
Trombone – Raul De Souza
Trombone, Horn [Baritone] – Don Waldrop (tracks: A1, A3 to B3), George Bohanon (tracks: A1, A3 to B3)
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Snooky Young* (tracks: A1, A3 to B3), Oscar Brashear (tracks: A1, A3 to B3)

Tracklist
A1 Nana 3:52
A2 Canto De Ossanha 3:55
A3 Water Buffalo 4:44
A4 Dr. Honoris Causa 7:02
B1 Festival 4:44
B2 Crystal Silence 11:21
B3 Chants To Burn 4:52 

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