Essentially Hermeto by Erik Charlston Jazz Brazil

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Sunnyside Communicat


  1. Vale Da Ribeira
  2. Rebuliço
  3. Santo Antonio
  4. Essa Foi Demais
  5. Hermeto
  6. Paraíba
  7. Frevo Rasgado
  8. Viva O Rio De Janeiro
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Essentially Hermeto by Erik Charlston Jazz Brazil

Editors’ Picks: Downbeat

Source: Downbeat
Author: Bobby Reed

Erik Charlston JazzBrasil, Essentially Hermeto (Sunnyside)  On his Sunnyside debut, vibes/marimba player Erik Charlston pays tribute to composer Hermeto Pascoal, who rose to prominence in the ’60s in his native Brazil with the group Quarteto Novo (which also included percussionist Airto Moreira). Charlston and his New York-based group JazzBrasil energetically interpret six Pascoal compositions, as well as Egberto Gismonti’s “Frevo Rasgado” and Luiz Gonzaga and Humberto Teixeira’s “Paraíba.” The latter tune is the only vocal cut on this brilliant album, which was recorded in a single day—an incredible fact to ponder when one considers how intellectual and complex these arrangements are. A serpentine, grin-inducing version of “Rebuliço” features a marimba solo that is as wildly entertaining as anything heard on the soundtrack to a Carl Stalling cartoon. “Santo Antonio” opens with whistling sounds that evoke birds in a rainforest, and Ted Nash’s lovely flute solo gives the song a dreamy, cinematic feel. The adventurous, nine-minute track “Hermeto” is spiced by a propulsive piano solo from Mark Soskin along with Nash’s dynamic flute work. Warning: If you’re reading this review in a town where there is snow on the ground, one listen to the samba “Viva o Rio de Janeiro” will make you yearn for an immediate trip to Brazil. Charlston is a humble leader, and when he steps into the spotlight, as he does with an 82-second vibraphone solo on the aforementioned “Viva,” it’s for good reason. This album serves as a symbol of the collaborative spirit, wondrously illustrating the fireworks that can happen when a leader finds the right material and the right musicians to help execute his vision.

Essentially Hermeto by Erik Charlston Jazz Brazil

Erik Charlston JazzBrasil – Jazz Times

Source: Jazz Times
Author: Bill Milkowski

Vibraphonist Erik Charlston was wise to recruit native Brazilians for this tribute to the great, enigmatic composer Hermeto Pascoal. Drummer Rogerio Boccato and percussionist Café both hail from Sao Paolo, and Boccato has also worked with Pascoal; together they provide the spark that ignites this effervescent, soulful project. From the opening bouncy baiao “Vale Da Ribeira,” which showcases Ted Nash’s soaring alto sax along with Mark Soskin’s forceful comping and glistening piano solo, to the closing samba “Viva O Rio De Janeiro,” this session oozes authenticity. The ebullient choro “Rebulico” features Nash on clarinet doubling the cascading melody alongside Charlston’s marimba, before each turns in exhilarating solo work. The stirring ballad “Santo Antonio” pairs Nash’s flute and Charlston’s vibes on the frontline, and the Afro-Brazilian maracatu number “Essa Foi Demais,” introduced by Café’s solo on the berimbau, a one-stringed, bow-like Brazilian instrument, finds the leader stretching out on marimba over a mesmerizing modal groove. Charlston and Soskin also turn in a bristling duet rendition of Egberto Gismonti’s rhythmically charged “Frevo Rasgado.”

Essentially Hermeto by Erik Charlston Jazz Brazil

Lucid Culture – Hermeto

Source: Lucid Culture

“Bright and carnavalesque but also hypnotic and constantly shapeshifting, vibraphonist Erik Charlston’s new album Essentially Hermeto more than does justice to legendary Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal… It’s more than just a tribute: this is a mostly brisk, fascinating ride through a whole bunch of diverse Brazilian styles… Count this among the best jazz albums to come over the transom here this year.”

– Lucid Culture