Brent Black / www.criticialjazz.com
The Spokfrevo Orquestra brings the music from the Brazilian streets front and center with Frevo, the dynamic sound of Brazil perhaps more closely associated with carnival with Frevo which is an improvisational style that moves at a frenetic pace. This 17 piece orchestra is a high octane tour de force that shines a laser beam of lyrical focus on Pernambuco, the birthplace of frevo! Ninho De Vespa smolders with intensity!
Saxophonist and arranger Inaldo Cavalcante is taking a small page from the lyrical playbook of the Bueno Vista Social Club and is celebrating some of the finest Brazilian players of our time that may otherwise go unnoticed. Compositions are pulled from such legends as Dori Caymmi and are as much a celebration of dance and the indigenous rhythm heartbeat as they are a lyrical exploratory of a rich and fertile improvisational setting. The tunes are relatively unknown yet pulled from a myriad of cultural backdrops within Brazil allowing for a far more vivid cultural representation that would might normally occur. The soundtrack to Carnival! Individuals are allowed to shine while the collective orchestral presentation is simply melodic muscle with plenty of meet on it's bones.
Frevo is a style with a distinct global intent and The Spokfrevo Orquestra certainly posses the ability to this project to fruition. One of the most exciting new release to come out of Brazil in some time.!
Tracks: Onze De Abril; Comichao; Spokiando; Capibarizando; Pisando Em Brasa; Quatro Cantos; Ninho De Vespa; O Que Nelson Gostou; Ta Achando Que Ta Devagar; De Baixo Do Frevo; Pipocando; Cara De Carranca; Moraes E Frevo.
Personnel: Spok: Alto, Soprano Sax; Carlos Cleber: Alto Sax; Gilberto Pontes: Tenor Sax; Rafael Santos: Tenor Sax; Enok Chagas: Trumpet; Augusto Franco: Trumpet; Flavio Santana: Trumpet; Eric Verissimo: Trumpet; Rlci Ramos: Trombone; Marcone Tulla: Trombone; Adonis Garcia: Trombone; Trombone; Thomas De. Lima: Trombone; Renato Bandeira: Guitar; Helio Silva: Guitar; Adelson Silva: Percussion; Augusto Silva: Drums and Percussion; Dede Simpatia: Percussion.