I trust guitarist Howard Alden’s taste in music. But I had never heard of the Brazilian mandolinist / composer Jacob Do Bandolim before this session at Jazz at Chautauqua started. I had heard of the pop music form “choro” (a kind of cousin to ragtime) from conversations with Ehud Asherie and Julio Andrade Schwarz, but their words didn’t prepare me for this set.
The melodies are lovely and the playing is . . . well, “sublime” is not too strong a word, I think. Howard’s colleagues here are Duke Heitger, trumpet; Dan Barrett, trombone; Dan Block, Scott Robinson, reeds; Jon Burr, bass; Pete Siers, drums.
Howard began with a trio version of SIMPLICIDADE:
MIGHALAS DE AMOR (TEARS OF LOVE):
The set ended with a glorious version of ASSANHADO:
Beautiful melodies, tenderly explicated by jazz masters . . . !
P.S. I heard a rumor that the Hotel Athenaeum is going to start serving freshly-made chimichurri sauce with every meal in honor of this new and delicious Brazilian trend . . . I hope it’s true!