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Fotografia

by Michael Tracy & Hora Certa

Brazil and its music have a longtime hold on my imagination and this recording features music by the cream of Brazil’s best, blended with a twist of jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Minha Saudade (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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2. Viola Violar (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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3. A Ra (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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4. Joy Spring. (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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5. Certas Cancoes (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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6. Blackbird (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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7. Besos (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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8. Beijo Partido (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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9. Fotografia (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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10. In a Sentimental Mood (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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11. Coisa Feita (feat. Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O'Mahoney & Kiko Sebrian)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Saxophonist, educator Mike Tracy may soon need to staple more pages into his passport. This veteran jazz teacher now has more than four decades of experience in classrooms, studios and concert halls, and he’s accumulated more frequent flier miles than many pilots, teaching in schools all over the world. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, he’s worked with and advised jazz programs in Tallinn, Estonia (2004), the Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Tbilisi, Georgia (2016) and Universidad de las Américas in Quito, Ecuador (2018-19). He’s also got 45 years of experience teaching at the University of Louisville, where he’s Director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program.

I first saw and met him at the Hermitage in the Garden Jazz Festival in Moscow in 2008, when he was on stage playing with young Muscovites half his age. He was good then, sounds even better today. He’s now got seven CDs to his credit and the one you’re holding in your hand – Fotogragia – is a follow-up to his 2016 Brazilian Jazz release from his group Hora Certa (Right Time).

Brazil and its music have a longtime hold on Tracy’s imagination and this one features music by the cream of Brazil’s best, including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Donato, Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta and Joao Bosco, as well as two jazz classics done in a Brazilian style.

This collection begins with a joyful fast samba by Joao Donato Minha Saudade offering a bubbling, electric bass solo by Hamilton Pinheiro, and enough harmonic meat on the bone for Tracy to spin an adventurous solo. Solos by a two-man batucada, drummer Terry O’Mahoney and percussionist Kiko Sibrian bring it back home.

Milton Nascimento’s Viola Violar is another samba though this one starts slow before it shifts to double-time. A short passage with intriguing sax and piano doubling leads to a two-fisted statement from pianist Winton Reynolds.

A Rã is a catchy sambaiao by Joao Donato and Caetano Veloso based around a kind of repeated rhythmic stutter. Tracy is particularly relaxed here and Reynolds starts his solo in middle register with single note lines before unfurling into something more elaborate.

Joy Spring is Clifford Brown’s tune cast as a modern partido alto with sections of samba, an imaginative retelling of a classic jazz composition that might be heard on any bandstand anywhere in the world.

Milton Nascimento’s Certas Canções (Certain Songs) is a gorgeous song filled with ache and longing set in a modern Brazilian 6/8 groove.

Lennon and McCartney’s Blackbird is arranged as a jazz partido alto and it finds Tracy on soprano saxophone stitching together sing-able memorable phrases. Pinheiro dances while O’Mahoney’s brushes percolate.

The only composition by a group member is Winton Reynolds’ Besos, who spent his early years in Rio and his youth traveling through Latin America. It is a lively, ear-catching mixed meter samba with jazz elements.

Beijo Partido (Broken Kiss) is a slow bossa nova written by a heart-broken Toninho Horta in 1973. It was introduced by Milton Nascimento in the mid-70s.

Fotografia is another slow bossa nova, this one written by arguably the greatest songwriter of the post-war era, Antonio Carlos Jobim. It is about an illicit, late afternoon love affair, composed in 1959 and recorded that same year by Sylvia Telles.

In a Sentimental Mood is a page from the book of Ellington arranged as a slow partido alto-samba funk line. Tracy displays a beautiful vibrato and makes the most of his solo statements. Pinheiro brings the funk and plays the last figure unaccompanied.

Coisa Feita is a spirited arrangement of a very catchy tune by Joao Bosco, Aldir Blanc and Paulo Emilio about feminine black magic and the power a woman has over men. Pinheiro is dancing all over his strings and Tracy gets off one his best solos on this session.

The thing about this new Hora Certa record is that the music is both well played and feels good. If more recordings like this were made, it might put the antidepressant industry out of business.


Larry Appelbaum


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