Off the heels of 2017’s acclaimed archival release "Just Friends – Live at the Village Vanguard" from 1988, jazz clarinet icon Eddie Daniels has a new project paying tribute to the world-renowned Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist, Egberto Gismonti. "Heart of Brazil" features Daniels with the top-shelf trio of pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Kevin Axt and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, plus the Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet. With new arrangements by Ted Nash, Kuno Schmidt and Josh Nelson, "Heart of Brazil" collects songs from Gismonti’s classic early 1970s albums on Odeon/EMI Records, such as his self-titled 1973 album, "Água & Vinho" (1972), "Corações Futuristas" (1976), "Carmo" (1977) and others.
Gismonti says in his interview with acclaimed author James Gavin, “When I heard the record I felt immense joy…The repertoire spans a rich period of my composing. What a great present for my seventy years of life.”
EDDIE DANIELS, clarinet, tenor sax JOSH NELSON, piano KEVIN AXT, bass MAURICIO ZOTTARELLI, drums
And The HARLEM QUARTET: Ilmar Gavilán (vln) Melissa White (vln) Jamey Amador (vla) Felix Umansky (clo)
Recorded at Resonance Studios, Beverly Hills, CA, April-July, 2017.
01 Lôro (Parrot) 02 Baião Malandro (Badass Baião) 03 Água e Vinho (Water and Wine) 04 Ciranda (Folk Dance) 05 Folia (Revelry) 06 Maracatú (Sacred Rhythm) 07 Adágio 08 Tango Nova (New Tango) 09 Chôro 10 Tango 11 Cigana (Gypsy Woman)