Album Review of
Albare Plays Jobim Vol. 2

Written by Joe Ross
January 22, 2021 - 12:20am EST
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The second volume of Albare Plays Jobim is yet another splendid album from the jazz guitarist known for his masterful skill, melodic style and eclectic repertoire. Despite only a couple years as a child in music conservatory, Albare is completely self-taught and plays by ear due to a genetic illness that has resulted in his loss of central vision. Albare (aka Albert Dadon) has released over a dozen albums, and since 2017 has put out a couple albums with keyboardist/programmer Phil Turcio in their smooth jazz duo called Urbanity. On Volume 2 of Albare Plays Jobim, the Latin music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, arranged by pianist/conductor Joe Chindamo, is tastefully rendered with a contemporary, relaxed, light, breezy feel. Pablo Bencid (drums), Luisito Quintero (percussion) and Ricardo Rodriguez (bass) round out the ensemble, with guest appearances by Randy Becker (flugelhorn), Nestor Torres (flute) and Antonio Sanchez (drums). Albare’s relaxed smooth touch on guitar emphasizes delicacy and restraint, as he provides soulful interpretations of Jobim’s enchanting songs like “Dindi,” “Summer Samba,” “How Insensitive,” “Triste” “Favela” and “Meditation.” The well-played set makes for a rewarding, intimate, easy-listening experience. I hope that a Volume 3 is in the works.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)