Thursday, May 5, 2011

"O Grande Amor" - Swing2Bop review

Peter Schärli Trio/Ithamara Koorax "O Grande Amor" (TCB 03172)
Reviewed by Bruce Crowther

Peter Schärli's trio reunites with Ithamara for a delightful selection of songs on O Grande Amor. This 2010 session is mainly of Brazilian songs,including Ivan Lins' 'Setembro' and Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'Fotografia' and 'O Grande Amor'. These songs are intriguingly coloured with subtle jazz improvisations from the trio that underline and uplift the singer'seffortless styling. For this date, Peter is again heard with bassist Thomas Dürst while the pianist is Hans-Peter Pfammatter. Throughout, the interplay of these four artists is impeccable and the fiery core of Peter's trumpet playing contrasts vividly with Ithamara's glowing vocal sound. First-rate music from first-class musicians.

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