Guitarist/vocalist Sergio Pereira grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, soaking up bossa nova before moving to New York in the 80s. This album of original songs reflects both places, recorded in New York City and Brazil. The band includes several leading Brazilian jazz players, including pianist Helio Alves, bassists Nilson Matta and Itaiguara Brandao, drummers Mauricio Zottarelli and Duduka Da Fonseca, and guitarist Marcus Teixeira. Alves is an especially striking soloist, and Teixeira stands out on the two more electric tracks he contributes to (the title tune and "Leblon"). The leader's acoustic guitar is the backbone of the rhythm section, as well as an effective solo voice. He's memorable on electric guitar on "Ela," the only track where he goes electric. A very enjoyable collection which stays firmly in a Brazilian groove.
By MARK SULLIVAN
Published: August 9, 2016