Brazil - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 16 - 02/11/98
LPC Music Inc.
I am convinced that the only requirement one needs to play
Brazilian music and assure audiences that what they hear is authentic
is a Brazilian soul. Kimson Plaut's Ubatuba validates my
statement beyond any doubts. Ubatuba, which in Tupi-Guarani
means place of the canoes, is Kimson's soulful reflection of the 11
years he spent in Brazil (Ubatuba is a city in the state of
São Paulo). He composed eight of the nine tracks in this
release, and his arrangements embrace what is most authoritative in
Brazilian instrumental traditions. Masterfully blending American jazz
with bossa nova, baião, choro, and samba, Kimson parallels his
artistic performances to those of other masters in Brazilian
instrumental music, such as Cesar Camargo Mariano and José
Roberto Bertrami (of Azymuth).
Lacraia(Centipede) is a most fitting overture. This song
showcases Vanderlei Pereira's drums and Café's percussion in
rare form. The horn section, composed by Steve Sacks, Rick Savage,
Aaron Heick, and David Sacks, has full dominance through most of this
song. When Romero Lubambo's acoustic guitar takes over, the mood
smoothly shifts into another direction. Swinging back and forth from
progressive jazz to samba, Kimson skillfully captures your attention
for the rest of the CD. Ubatuba itself is a more relaxed soft
samba clearly intended to convey a bossa-nova feeling. The
arrangement and Kimson's performance will most likely make you think
of some of Cesar Camargo Mariano's arrangements for the great Elis
Regina. With Mercado Modelo (Model Market), Kimson reminisces
of the time he spent in Recife. His accordion and Steve Sacks's
flutes transport you to any city market in northeast Brazil. Paquito
D'Rivera's clarinet solo enriches Rice & Beans, a
samba-choro like the ones we are used to hearing from Pixinguinha.
Kimson, like in Luiz Simas's New Chorinhos from Brazil,
carries forward a Brazilian musical legacy. Once again, the rich
imagery Kimson attains with his music is highlighted as his fingers
glide on the ivory in Camburí. Like a gentle breeze,
Camburí harmonizes nature and music. This constant
balance is the focus in Ubatuba. Even when Kimson chooses the
Brazilian Lady of Jazz, Leny Andrade, to join in the only vocal
number in this majestic release, his choice could not have been any
better. Considerando (Considering), by Edu Lobo and Capinam,
is one of those songs that will haunt you forever. Leny's smoky voice
and Kimson's crystal piano blend in a most perfect combination.
Ubatuba is a rare paragon in Brazilian instrumental music.
The evocative images and Kimson's stirringly heartfelt performances
are a consummate portrait of the Brazilian soul.
If Ubatuba is not distributed where you live, please
contact Kimson Plaut directly.
Copyright © 1998 Egídio Leitão