Konitz and The Brazilian Band...great stuff...
douglasnegley | Pittsburgh, Pa. United States | 09/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lee Konitz is an alto sax legend. Here he teams up with Romero Lubambo, Duduka DaFonseca, Peggy Stern, and Dave Finck, along with Waltinho Anastacio on percussion. There is a track also, the famous "A Felicidade", with vocal by Adela Dalto. This is a wonderful samba trip with an alto sax. While Desmond's sound is smoother - almost classical sounding - the thing which makes this particular CD better than a similar one done by Desmond and Jim Hall in 1964 is the natural sound and authenticity of guitarist Lubambo. Comprised of almost all Brazilian bossa/samba standards, this CD has the sound, the dynamics, and the soft authentic rhythm of Lubambo's classical guitar that was missing from Desmond's "Bossa Antigua". I would recommend this CD highly in any bossa/samba collection, right up there with CDs in the same mold, like "Jazz Samba". This deserves some more recognition."