When Brazilian vocalist Carol Saboya turned stateside heads with her lovely 2012 'Belezas,' no one thought it would be four years until her next CD. 'Carolina' (AAM Music) has been nurtured by her mentor Antonio Adolfo who plays piano, produces and arranges. The result is a stunningly gorgeous bossa-nova supreme where samba meets up with its progenitors in new and surprising ways plus meets some strangers along the way (Lennon/McCartney and Sting) to provide some syncopated surprise.
Last year, Antonio Adolfo's 'Tema' was an alternative to actually traveling to Rio de Janeiro and soaking up Brazilian samba. This year, his 'Tropical Infinito' (AAM Music), with his new octet, pinpoints an early 1960s samba groove revitalized and reimagined but keeping the essential DNA that makes this music so earthy, swaying, satisfying and sensual.
Pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and educator, Antonio Adolfo, has spent the better part of his 68 years writing film scores in his native Brazil. His songs have been recorded by Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Earl Klugh, Herb Alpert and dozens of others. On 'Tema,' he's tapped into the rich cultural legacy of his native Brazil...but with a difference. This time it's all his own songs.