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Album Review

The tender, yet exciting, string style that Peter White perpetuates found an early '90s Brazilian equivalent in Ricardo Silveira, whose lilting grooves on both acoustic and electric guitars makes the personal statements of this album a radio programmer's dream. While the title cut and the brassy and sassy "Marimba Dance" feature South American vocal chants and "Backlash" features a percussion groove indigenous to Silveira's homeland, most of the treats on this disc fall into the funky or romantic line of contemporary pop jazz. Silveira's catchy and melodic writing and perky playing provide the charm which makes this by far his most accomplished work, and he is helped along by East Coasters Terri Lyne Carrington and Branford Marsalis, and South American pals Justo Almario, Alex Acuna, and Paulinho Da Costa. Yellowjackets Jimmy Haslip and Russell Ferrante also make the most of their cameos.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Ricardo Silveira was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he was exposed to the varied musical styles of his native country. He found inspiration in bossa nova, samba, and carnival, as well as the music of Baden Powell and Jimi Hendrix among others. He left Brazil after high school to attend the Berklee College of Music. He used his training to move to New York City, where he began to play with Herbie Mann among others. He eventually made his way back to Brazil, becoming one of the most sought-after studio...
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