27 April 2007
THE CHARLIE ROUSE BAND - CINNAMON FLOWER
Charlie Rouse on his way south of the border stops in Brazil for this album on Douglas from 1977.Charlie enlisted the help of some top crack locals for this one-Dom Salvador,Amaury Tristao,Dom Um Romao,Portinho and Claudio Roditi and then hooked them up with some of NYCs finest-Ron Carter,Bernard Purdie and Clifford Adams.All Brazilian original compositions originals plus the inclusion of a belting version of Nascimento's "Cinammon Flower"plus a great cover of Dom Salvador's "Waiting on the Corner".
Another review from AMG:
While this is by no means an authentic attempt at Brazilian music, it features the collective application of Brazilian musical sensibilities combined with jazz and R&B guided by former Thelonious Monk tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Rouselends his hard bop Monk-flavored chops by playing off of fiery Brazilian born trumpeter Claudio Roditi, trombonist Clifford Adams, pianist Dom Salvador and several percussionists, including groove master Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. While the obvious influence of the early '60s bossa nova craze spearheaded by Charlie Byrd, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Stan Getz does occasionally rear its musical head, these creative players never succumb to simple imitation. ~ Al Campbell, All Music Guide
Reissued on cd by Douglas France in 1997-and not hard to track down on vinyl on ebay.