Brazilian pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo has created a new album titled "Jobim Forever," dedicated to one of the most influential jazz composers to ever come from Brazil, Antonio Carlos Jobim. His 1964 album "Getz/Gilberto" single-handedly introduced the world to Bossa Nova music and gave us one of the best jazz tunes of all time, "The Girl From Ipanema." On this new release, Antonio Adolfo has taken nine of his favorite Jobim tunes and added his own spice to the songs, in order to give them a different approach. He begins with "The Girl From Ipanema," which very loosely follows the original, as Adolfo still keeps the Bossa Nova rhythm, but adds a bit more horns and piano to the mix. The graceful touch of "Wave" is highlighted by the guitar work of Lula Galvao, before the energy picks back up with the swinging rhythm of "A Felicidade." Antonio Adolfo keeps the melody flowing with his piano work on "Inutil Paisagem" and "Amparo/Por Toda A Minha Vida," before finishing his new album with the wonderful enlightenment of the album closer "Estrada Do Sol." To find out more about Antonio Adolfo and his latest release "Jobim Forever," please visit antonioadolfomusic.com.
Sticking with the theme of Brazilian jazz, we have the latest release from vocalist Irina Zubareva titled "Bridges To Rio." This Russian-born jazz artist always wanted to forge the styles of Russian jazz (which she was brought up on) with the Latin-jazz flavor of Brazil and her new 14-track album does just that. The opening song "Samba Little Samba/Show De Bola" sets the stage for the rest of the album with the intensity of the music, Irina to deliver some great scat-singing and a band that knows how to push the tempo. Irina and the band also showcase their softer, mellow sides on the sultry ballad "Copacabana" and the smooth, Bossa Nova rhythm of "Como Se Fosse." She also creates a unique sound with the melding of different jazz styles on songs like "Triste" and "I'm Beginning To See The Light," which may have you listening to music in a different way, figuring out the differences between the originals and these new versions. Irina Zubareva wraps up her new album with more swinging rhythms in the form of "Brigas Nunca Mais" and "A Ra," along with the energetic Russian composition "U Prirody Net Blohoy Pogody." To find out more about Irina Zubareva and her latest release "Bridges To Rio," please visit zohomusic.com.