Brazilian Dreams

Saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera's homage to Brazilian music (mostly that of Tom Jobim), helped along by vocal group New York Voices and Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi, is tasteful and subdued.

Saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera's homage to Brazilian music (mostly that of Tom Jobim), helped along by vocal group New York Voices and Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi, is tasteful and subdued. There are different ambiences here, from the almost purely vocal "Meu Amigo," which is an exquisite interplay of harmonies and solo sax with the slightest bass, to the punchier "One More Tom," a straight-ahead track penned by D'Rivera and David Samuels. At other times, Brazilian Dreams stays merely pleasant, notably in "Desafinado" and "Manha De Carnival/Gentle Rain," with English lyrics and interpretation that don't add much as covers of such standards. Far more convincing is the langorous, and lesser known, "Retrato Em Branco E Preto," with Kim Nazarian singing in Portuguese.—LC