Jazz Blues Magazine reviews Kenney Polson’s “Colors of Brazil.”

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Ron Weinstock of Jazz Blues Magazine reviews Kenney Polson ‘s “Colors of Brazil.” Weinstock says; “On this CD, he brings that approach to his love of Brazilian music for a recording full of a tropical feel and his keen sax playing starting with the opening “Aquarela do Brazil (Colors of Brazil),” that many will know as “Brazil.” Set against an emphatic beat, Leni Stern is also heard here soloing in addition to Polson’s melodic embellishments and solo. Polson contributed a breezy funky samba, “Hipnotizado (Mesmerized).” It was recorded in Brazil with Mariea Antoinette’s harp added in Los Angeles. This tune is his only original on a disc that focuses on Brazilian contributions. The performance reminds this listener of some of Spyro Gyra’s recordings with his soaring alto sax at the front. Of note is the rendition of the Ellington-Tizol jazz standard, “Caravan” with an outstanding Brazilian band that included Marinho Boffa on piano, Nico Assumpção on Bass, and Christian Oyens on Drums. Trombonist Victor Santos, pianist Boffa, and bassist Assumpção add some fire with their solos. Dr. Osamu Kitajima and Mitsuki Dazai add texture with the Japanese koto to “Flor de Lis (Lily Flower)” with the American rhythm section. The late Nico Assumpção composed “Mariana” as a tribute to his daughter. In addition to Polson’s alto sax, it has an exhilarating bass solo from Assumpção. Torinho Horta’s light samba, “Passeio de Bicicleta (Bicycle Ride),” has some of Polson’s loveliest soprano sax playing with an exquisite Brazilian rhythm section of guitarist Alessandre Carvalho, keyboardist Marinho Boffa, bassist Nico Assumpção, and drummer Christian Oyens. In contrast, Incompatibilidade de Genios (Incompatibility of Geniuses)” is a livelier samba with a touch of funk. It has Leni Stern on nGnoni, a punchy horn section, and Azure McCall’s horn-like scatting. Polson is a most appealing saxophone with his clean, lyrical playing and given sparkling backing on a wonderfully sounding salute to Brazilian music.”
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