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Written by Joe Ross
June 28, 2019 - 5:00pm EDT
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Solid New York-based flugelhornist Mark Morganelli’s fifth album is a varied 2-CD tribute to the warm, exciting music of Brazil. Recorded during a couple days in June 2018 at his Jazz Forum Club, Morganelli and his all-star bandmates present smooth, refreshing Brazilian classics spanning from oft-heard Antonio Carlos Jobim standards (e.g. “Desfinado” and “Vivo Sonhando”) to lesser known pieces like Geraldo Pereira’s “Falsa Baiana” and Ary Barroso’s “Aquarela do Brasil.” Arrangements are tight and infectious, with each track featuring from 3-7 musicians, depending on the piece and mood they’re creating.  The result is an irresistibly memorable album that emphasizes solid musicianship, silky vocals, concise bossa rhythms, and lean yet captivating orchestration and pleasant arrangements.  Besides many easy-listening gems, “Brasil!” also has some joyful, up-tempo party tracks.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)