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Akira Tana

Label: Vega
Released: 2018
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Track Listing

1. Áquas de Marco 4:16 2. Love Dance 5:54 3. Chega de Suadade 4:54 4. Bilhete 4:14 5. Corcovado 5:46 6. Condéname a Callar 3:29 7. Waiting for Angels 3:52 8. Jangada 5:33 9. Caminhos Cruzados 4:53 10. Aquele Frevo Axe 3:47 11. Por Causa de Você 3:47 12. Diride 4:28 13. La Gloria Eres Tu 4:21


Akira Tana, drums; Claudio Amaral, Sandy Cressman, Carla Helmbrecht,Jackie Ryan, Claudia Villela, Maria Volonté, vocals; Branford Marsalis, sax; Arturo Sandoval, trumpet; Peter Horvath, piano & Fender Rhodes; Ricardo Peixoto, acoustic & electric guitar; Gary Brown, bass; Michael Shapiro, percussionM; Akira Tana, producer

Album Description

AKIRA TANA, an elite jazz drummer since the mid-1970s, has been immersed in the verdant hothouse of Brazil’s surging rhythms and sensuous melodies his entire career. His new album JAZZaNOVA, reflects an abiding passion kindled by his formative experiences with some of Brazilian jazz’s foundational figures. It’s a treasure trove of Brazilian riches, with beautifully crafted arrangements designed to shine a lustrous new light on classic material. Featuring a cast of top-shelf Bay Area players, JAZZaNOVA was designed to showcase a superlative cast of singers and instrumentalists interpreting some of the Brazilian Songbook’s definitive standards and lesser known gems, with a couple of songs en Español included for good measure. Saxophonist BRANFORD MARSALIS or Cuban-born trumpeter ARTURO SANDOVAL contribute vivid solos on almost every track, providing incisive commentary for the six extraordinary vocalists. Throughout the session, Tana renders the various grooves with taste and an unerring ear for textural support. As authoritative as he is behind the drum kit, he’s emerged in recent decades as a savvy producer who can turn a concept into a singular musical communion. With JAZZaNOVA, he’s staked a rightful claim to the Brazilian jazz canon, joined by a redoubtable cast of collaborators.

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