by George Harris
Benjamin Schnake plays mostly nylon but occasionally plugs in on this lithe mix of Brazilian with Dave Pietro/as, Sunhyun Yoo/as-ss, Tim Struven/ts, John Blevins/tp, Eric Quinn/tb, Jennifer Wharton/btb, Ammon Swinbank/fl in a mix and match along with a rhythm team of Santiago Leibson/p, Gui Duvignau/b and Paul Shaw/dr. With only Yoo in the horn section, Schnake delivers a graceful samba on “Fragment” while with Swinbank he switches to mandolin to create dainty droplets of joy on the almost Oriental “Lakitas”. With the horns, Leibson and Schnake sway through a Latinized take of Charles Mingus’ classic “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” and the team is joyful on the smooth sailing of “Marisol”. Breezy beach sounds.