Nilson Matta – EastSideRioDrive

Mix a little Latin, a little samba and the craving to just get out there and play are the recipe for EastSideRioDrive (World Blue Records, 2015) by Nilson Matta.

Matta plays acoustic bass. His accompanists vary from track to track, with flutist Anne Drummond, pianist Edsel Gomez, and winds player Craig Handy contributing to several tracks each.

Guitarist Romero Lubambo’s expertise is called on for the opener, “Sertao,” featuring vocalist Jesse Lynn. It’s a lively piece with hints of South American styles with a taste of Europe. Handy’s flute is in a duet with the singer during the lyrical portions of the song. Then Handy shifts to tenor sax for a spirited solo. Percussionist Cyro Baptista joins Matta and carrying the foundation for this track. Lubambo is out front during the introduction, but he really stretches out after the middle break. The speed of his fingers amazes. After the guitar solo, Matta steps forward with Baptista providing a vocal chant. The song then reverts to early form.

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