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Pandeiro Jazz

by Scott Feiner

A unique recording featuring the Brazilian pandeiro with New York City based jazz musicians
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big Brother
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2. The Sheriff
6:37 $0.99
3. Giant Steps
2:41 $0.99
4. Estate
6:30 $0.99
5. United
4:35 $0.99
6. Botafogo Blues
4:32 $0.99
7. Peace
6:34 $0.99
8. Denisio
7:33 $0.99
9. Song For My Father
4:02 $0.99
10. Speak Low
4:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Scott Feiner has created a unique sonic world on "Pandeiro Jazz" in his choice of instrumentation. He's found a way to keep the pandeiro at the center of the music, while surrounding it with a rich, appealing texture - Freddie Bryant's guitar and Joel Frahm's saxophone blend perfectly with Scott's rhythms. The music goes down easy, but is full of subtelty and surprise - it's a record that you want to go back to and listen to again right after hearing it."

"It makes me happy to see an American musician playing jazz on the Brazilian pandeiro as well as Scott does. It opens new frontiers.

"I really like the orchestration of pandeiro, guitar and saxophone on Pandeiro Jazz. This band has a great hook up."

What happens when you mix the Brazilian pandeiro with the intensity of New York City level jazz? You get Pandeiro Jazz. What is a pandeiro you ask? Well, it's not a tambourine (although it looks like one)! It's a Brazilian hand drum which is considered the most complete percussion instrument used in Brazilian music. Ex-jazz guitarist Scott Feiner moved to Brazil out of his passion for the instrument and on one of his trips back home to New York City the idea for Pandeiro Jazz was born.

Scott wanted to mix the distinct tone of the pandeiro and rhythms he had learned in Brazil with the energy and creativity of the New York jazz scene. He wanted to play with great improvisers, on a variety of themes, in ways you wouldn't normally "expect" to hear a pandeiro.

In June of 2004 while in New York City for a few weeks, Scott was offered a gig at a small club in Greenwich Village. He called upon a couple of old friends, guitarist Freddie Bryant and saxophonist Joel Frahm. Freddie was the perfect choice for this blending of styles: a rare breed of guitarist and composer with deep roots in jazz, Brazilian and classical music, who's mixed them into a highly personal style. Joel is one of New York's most sought after saxophonists known for his deep mix of "head and heart". He and Scott played for years together in the early 90s when Scott was a guitarist and Joel recorded on both of Scott's CDs from that period.

After that gig it was clear that the trio had a special sound and had to be recorded. A year later, in May 2005, Scott returned to New York and in two days this CD was recorded. Pandeiro Jazz has a vibe all its own. Check it out and see for yourself!

Scott Feiner: pandeiro (all tracks); pandeiro adufe, reco-reco (track 4); cymbals (tracks 2, 10)
Freddie Bryant: nylon string guitar (all tracks except track 6); 12-string guitar (track 2); electric guitar (track 6); live guitar loops (track 7)
Joel Frahm: tenor saxophone (all tracks); soprano saxophone (track 2)

Special guests:
Joe Martin: acoustic bass (tracks 2, 6, 9)
Beto Cazes: tamborim & shaker (track 8)



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Chip Thomas

pandeirista/jazz-heads - our time has come
Elvin JOnes is smiling y'all. Yeah, he's dead but wherever his spirit is, it's wearing a great big grin. Remember, it was Elvin who said "'s all about the love," a love supreme in fact. Though gifted with an intimate knowledge of polyrhythms from the motherland, Elvin wasn't known as a Brazilian drummer. Yet, his influence ranges far and wide in the worlds of jazz, rock and world music. His sound was about the pulse and feel of the music while driving the people he accompanied to explore new dimensions within the music.

So, what would happen if Coltrane and Elvin hooked up with Joao Gilberto in 1959 after viewing "Black Orpheus" and got together for an unplugged set? Or, fast forward. What if the Bad Plus ran into Sergio Mendes hanging out late one night in a club by the aqueduct in Lapa? Boom! Enter Scott Feiner, a NYC jazz guitarist who became a hard core pandeirista living in Rio for the past five years studying with the masters, such as Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celsinho Silva and Marcos Suzano. Hearing a different sound in his head, Scott pursued the free, creative improvisation of bop and hard bop and combined this with his love of the pandeiro and "Pandeiro Jazz" was born.

The songs range from Stevie Wonder, Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver covers to soulful, engaging originals. True, at times some tunes tend towards jazz lite ("Giant Steps"), but his accompanists and friends guitarist Freddie Bryant and saxophonist Joel Frahm are experienced NYC jazz musicians who seem to relish in the opportunity to stretch out in this down tempo setting. Listen to what they're feeling. There are moments when Joel is playing free and straight ahead. For example, at the end of the Feiner original composition "Botofogo Blues," Joel and Scott engage in an exchange reminiscent of Coltrane being pushed further ahead by Elvin. It's simply magical. But I think my favorite tunes are the two covers by the "God Pop of Funky Hard Bop," Horace Silver. The band covers "Peace" (in 5/4) and "Song for My Father." Freddie rides the vibe home alone riffing out the final strains of "Peace." Scott's playing is never repetitious and is devoid of gimmicks or licks. His isn't a cliche sound and he possesses one of the purest slaps I've ever heard. Check the Wayne Shorter composition "United." There's freedom and fun in his playing similar to Sergio Krakowski.

The vibe of this cd is captured at the end of the first selection when we hear one of the musicians conclude the selection by laughing. One gets the impression there was a lot of laughter in the studio during this recording. Remember, it's a love supreme, y'all.

Recently I was rapping with a friend about examples of straight ahead/free jazz and BRazilian fusion. We both identified "Ritual Beating System" pretty quickly then slowed a bit as we scratched our heads trying to find other examples. There're some wickedly wonderful moments on Suzano's "Flash" ("Zona Norte" comes to mind), and Eli Goulart e Banda do Mato get nasty on "bicho do mato." A shout goes out to dj Dolores ("Contraditorio"), dj John Beltran ("Sun Gypsy"), and Claudio Vilella and Ricardo Pixoto ("Inverse Universe"), as well.

Although this cd probably isn't the definitive bossa/free jazz fusion cd I was looking for with my friend, it's satisfying on many levels and forges into new sonic terrain. Elvin would be proud.