Pra Você (Dexofon)
Dexter Payne Quartet +1
“Congratulations!” – Nelson Faria
Dexter Payne's Beautiful Brazilian Music CD has a Great Backstory
...all you have to do is listen. Sharon Glassman (Huffington Post) 6-2-14
“quietly brilliant… uniquely beautiful blend of Brazilian, jazz (especially New
Orleans), African and other instrumental musical styles” Chris Slawecki
“It’s like a fever when you start listening to this album — the way summer
gets in the brain.” -Erika Frederickson (Missoula Independent) 3/27/14
“Pra Você is proof that Brazilian music can flourish in the most unlikely
places… Quite the refreshing disc” – Tom McDermott (OffBeat Magazine) May
ANOTHER FEELING review on AMG
by Michael G. Nastos
Veteran Brazilian percussionist Thiago DeMello (then in his early 70s) long a
neglected figure alongside younger more acclaimed players as Airto Moreira,
Naná Vasconcelos, and Guillerme Franco, has finally hit resonant notes for the
general public to hear on this beautiful recording, with clarinetist Dexter
Payne as his main foil and accompanying pianists and occasional vocals. As
you'd expect, there's a lot of authentic samba played, and it is done right.
Basic sensual rhythms and melodies are the centerpiece for Tal Como o
Vinho, Too Good Notes (a play on One Note Samba with DeMello on
acoustic guitar), the heavy-handed Mar Aberto, and roomy No Wolf at the
Door. The beautiful singing of Ithamara Koorax is heard on two ballads, but
also on the night hymn An Evening Prayer, as well as the excellent African
highlife-flavored title track, dedicated to Che Guevara, which is very close
stylistically to what Abdullah Ibrahim and Carlos Ward would do. Payne's
playful clarinet empowers the trio, swinging lightly in jazz fashion à la Eddie
Daniels during the lyrical Kimbolian Dawn, he plays pretty during the neo-
classical Rede de Cabocolo, and switches to alto sax for the dancing 6/8
framework of What About That? (for Sharon Isbin). The dance theme is
further emphasized on A Hug for Gil Evans, starting with DeMello on the
berimbau, and then going for samba rhythms with a Native American chant
tacked on. Haroldo Mauro, Jr. is the pianist on six selections, and he's one to
pay attention to, while another three feature Richard Kimball, a longtime
associate of DeMello. Fans of Brazilian music will want this, but it should also
appeal to a broader base of world music lovers, as the diversity, bright spirit,
and clear camaraderie between the musicians is evident from start to finish.
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Have you ever walked alone through a quiet beautiful woodland and stepped
into an open space full of nothing but warm and growing brightness, and felt
like nature was a cathedral and you were seated in its front row? Another
Feeling sounds just like that: completely, naturally, immaculate and beautiful.
� Chris M. Slawecki, All About Jazz (www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?
... Payne makes the challenging appear effortless on Inspiration (Dexofon
Records), a trio date with Brazilian guitarist Antonio Mello and percussionist
G. Thiago De Mello. Relaxing and intellectual at the same time, Inspiration
might remind American ears of the classic Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd
collaboration, Jazz Samba.
� Bret Saunders/Sunday Denver Post, Feb 13, 2005
... bossa nova with winning subtlety, fitting together like pieces of an
intricate, intimate puzzle ... finally, a virtuoso musician who really hears the
Brazilian whispers, and not just the carnival clamor.
� Andy Smetanka / Missoula Independent /June 3, 2004
BIG SKY JOURNAL spring 1999
.. if he shows up in your town, go see this master alto sax player. It's a cool,
mellow sound, sometimes airily reminiscent of Desmond, or Shank, but it has
more humanity, more earth, more fire... and well worth driving a hundred
miles or more to hear. � Jon Jackson
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