Canta Brasil

Jazz piano wiz Kenny Barron has joined forces with the New York-based Brazilian group Trio da Paz, as well as selected other guests, to journey into the rhythmic heart of Brazilian jazz.

Jazz piano wiz Kenny Barron has joined forces with the New York-based Brazilian group Trio da Paz, as well as selected other guests, to journey into the rhythmic heart of Brazilian jazz. Canta Brasil opens with the Barron composition "Zumbi." The song has an insistent pulse that provides an ideal playground for Barron's angular solos, as well as the comments of flutist Anne Drummond and acoustic guitarist Romero Lubambo. The tune highlights Barron's keen ear for rhythmic interplay and his versatility as a composer. "Zumbi" sets sail by virtue of powerful, insightful ensemble playing, and this synergy between musicians is one of the album's most appealing attributes. Barron's creative output in the past five years has been amazing, and Canta Brasil continues this brilliant run.—PVV