June 08, 2004
Jazz, Choro, Brazilian Traditions, Western European Traditions, Afro-Brazilian, World Fusion, Brazilian Jazz, Samba, Bossa Nova

Album Review

Two LPs by bossa nova guitarist Bola Sete from the mid-'60s, The Incomparable Bola Sete and Autentico!, are heard in full on this Fantasy CD compilation. Aside from flutist Paul Horn, who is heard on five tracks, the supporting musicians (bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Nick Martinez) provide only rhythmic support to Sete's simple yet lyrical improvisations on his original material. Sete actually overdubbed an acoustic bass guitar, while Johnny Rae multi-tracked an additional percussion line in their three duets together. The later session, a trio affair with bassist Sebastian Neto and percussionist Paulinho, finds Sete in a bit more inspired mood. Highlights include his intricate "Brejeiro," the infectious "Soul Samba" (which conjures images of a Brazilian street parade), and the surprising rock & roll-flavored "Baion Blues." Although Sete was popular with jazz musicians like Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, and Wes Montgomery, and he also recorded several albums with Vince Guaraldi, the late guitarist never achieved the lasting fame of fellow Brazilians Antonio Carlos Jobim or João Gilberto. But this collection should serve as an excellent introduction to his music for those not already familiar with his work.
Ken Dryden, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Bolido
  2. Lamento de Negro
  3. Influência do Jazz
  4. Voodoo Village
  5. Saravá
  6. Be-Bossa
  7. Waltz of the City
  8. Just Another Love
  9. The Girl from Lodi
  10. Original Joe's
  11. Brejeiro
  12. Consolação
  13. Quindim de Yaya
  14. Soul Samba
  15. Baion Blues
  16. Pau de Arara
  17. Coisa
  18. Odeon
  19. Mulher Rendeira