- No Rio
- Sob a Estrela
- O Bom Alvinho
- Willow Tree
- Tarde em Itapoan
- Amor em Paz
- Tema pra Jobim
- North Atlantic Run
Gerry Milligan Baritone Sax
Jane Duboc Vocals
Emanuel Moreire Guitar
Charlie Ernst Piano
Rogerio Maio Bass
Leo Traverse Bass
Duduka DaFonseca Drums
Peter Grant Drums
Waltinho Anastacio Percussion
Norberto Goldberg Percussion
Recorded in New York in July of 1993.
I have never heard a bad
Gerry Mulligan record, he is the outstanding
baritone saxophone player in jazz, his tone
on the instrument is unique and if you had
never seen a baritone, you would never guess
that it is such a large and cumbersome instrument.
Probably only the legendary Harry Carney from
the Duke Ellington Band had such an immediately
identifiable style, but it was of course very
different from that of Mulligan.
As well as being the best
baritone player of all times, he also played
the Soprano sax very well, never sounding
like a snake charmer! That however is nowhere
near the end to his talents, he is also a
very talented composer and arranger. This
album consists entirely of his compositions,
with the exception of Wave and Amor em Paz.
He sounds very comfortable
throughout with the Latin rhythms, which is
not surprising, because many of his compositions
for his Concert Band were in that genre.
Jane Duboc studied music
in both Brazil and the USA and has had hit
albums in both Brazil and Portugal. She wrote
the words to all of the Gerry Mulligan songs
as well as singing them on the album; she
has a very pleasing voice in the classic Latin
female vocal style.
The support of the other
musicians is excellent, whether accompanying
the singer or backing Mulligans solos, they
are just right. Unlike some Latin rhythm sections,
they are not overpowering, but always exciting,
The sleeve note gives the
lyrics in English for 8 of the 11 tracks;
I am not sure why when they are sung in Portuguese!
I have wondered before why the lyrics should
be printed in sleeve notes, but this is the
first time I have seen them in a different
language to the performance. This is a very
minor point however and should not in any
way detract from what is a delightful album
from these splendid musicians and a singer
with a superb vocal delivery.
A favourite track? Not really
they are all excellent, but the version of
Wave is as good as I have heard,
Recommended without reservation.