Kenney Polson’s Colors of Brazil is reviewed by Jazzweekly

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Kenney Polson: Colors of Brazil

Kenney  Polson uses a wide variety of paintbrushes with his mix of reeds on this upbeat and sleek interpretation of Brazilia. He plays saxes of soprano, alto, tenor and bari along with clarinet, percussion and keyboards with a core team of Nico Assumpcao/b, Christian Oyens/dr, Cidinho Moreira/perc and a rotating team of guests in various incarnations of band size.

With environmental support of seagulls, Polson’s alto mixes with Leni Stern’s guitar and n’goni for a soulful “Aquarela do Brazil”, while Mariea Antoinette’s harp glistens to the hip horns and backbeat of “Hipnotizado”. Paulinho Trompete gives a swinging solo while drummer Christian Oyens hits hard on a rich take of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” while Polson melds reeds together for a rich flavor for Dr. Osamu Kitajima’s koto on “Flor de Lis”. Polson’s soprano is gorgeous on Passeio de Bicicleta” while he creates some thick reeds on a festive take of Ivan Lins’ “Leva e Traz”. The team gets funky to Assumpcao’s basswork on “Mariana” and the team punches like a middleweight to Azur McCall’s scat solo on  “Incompativilidade de Genios”.  Wonderful sounds of festive streets.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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