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Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica

by Antonio Adolfo

Grammy® nominated pianist-composer Antonio Adolfo teams up with a Brazilian big band for a rare and wonderful recording
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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1. Partido Samba-Funk
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2. Pentatonica
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3. Atlantica
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4. Luizao
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5. Milestones
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6. Saudade
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7. Capoeira Yá
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8. Africa Bahia Brasil
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9. Delicada Jazz Waltz
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10. Sa Marina
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Antonio Adolfo
Encontros – Orquestra Atlantica

For a long time, I have waited for the chance to record an album with a large ensemble.
In October 2017, when I was beginning to put together some ideas for my new recording project, I was invited to attend a concert in Rio de Janeiro performed by Orquestra Atlantica. It was such a magical experience that I fell totally in love with the sound of the group. At that point, there was no option other than to invite them to participate in my upcoming recording. What a joy!
For the album, I chose some of my new tunes, some older ones, and one by Miles Davis, the master himself. The compositions had to be the right ones to fit my sound when playing such native Brazilian styles as Samba, Baião, Frevo, Bossa Nova and Afoxé, all well-mixed with elements of the jazz vocabulary and performed with seven horns plus a rhythm section.

About Orquestra Atlantica:
"The desire to have Brazilian music played with a big band sound in Rio de Janeiro prompted the creation of Orquestra Atlantica in 2012." That is how the orchestra's founders defined their motivation to create this magnificent large instrumental ensemble.
The group’s Rio-based musicians are: Marcelo Martins (tenor sax and flute - soloist), Danilo Sinna (alto sax and flute - soloist), Levi Chaves (baritone sax, and soprano sax - soloist), Gesiel Nascimento (1st trumpet), Jessé Sadoc (2nd trumpet and flugelhorn - soloist), Aldivas Ayres (1st trombone - soloist), Wanderson Cunha (2nd trombone), Marcos Nimrichter (piano and accordion – soloist on accordion), Jorge Helder (bass - soloist), Williams Mello (drums) and Dadá Costa (percussion).

Antonio Adolfo



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SmoothJazz.com Global

One of Brazil’s most prolific and influential artists for over half a century, pianist, composer and multiple Latin Grammy nominee Antonio Adolfo fulfills his lifelong dream to record with a big band ensemble on his latest album ENCONTROS – ORQUESTRA ATLANTICA. It’s a melodically and harmonically surreal, rhythmically eclectic set mixing his inventive piano skills with the youthful exuberance of a group that, formed in 2012, represents the exciting present and bold future of Brazilian music.

judith Wahnon

Excelent album !
Antonio Adolfo, the master piano player and composer did it again, this time in great style accompanied by a superb orchestra. This is an album to listen and listen again . It deserves a Grammy !

Joe Ross, Roots Music Report

The impressive big band is both vibrant and inspiring
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Antonio Adolfo is a pianist, composer and arranger who has had a busy career in music for the past 40 years with singers and small groups. His dream was to record an album with a big band that understood both Brazilian music and jazz. “Encontros” means “musical gatherings,” and Adolfo’s dream was realized after hearing Orquestra Atlantica, a Brazilian jazz ensemble formed in 2012 that includes seven horns and a rhythm section. On this album, big band jazz meets native Brazilian styles such as Samba, Baiao, Frevo, Bossa Nova and Afoxe. We hear Adolfo’s poignant original pieces like “Partido Samba-Funk” and “Africa Bahia Brasil,” and the album’s one standard, Miles Davis’ “Milestones” was rearranged to feature piano and accordion solos rather than trumpet. A piece like that may work better to showcase Adolfo’s piano in a smaller ensemble than in an overshadowing big band setting. Understated vocals and guitar on a few tracks similarly get overwhelmed. Despite that, the impressive big band is both vibrant and inspiring. We hear cohesive arrangements with distinctive moods and creative soloing. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)