Adventure Music has announced that the acclaimed Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto has been signed to the label, and has just completed recording an as-yet untitled CD for release in early 2006. The new CD is Santos Neto’s first recording as a leader since 2003’s Canto de Rio, which was a Latin Grammy nominee.
The upcoming release captures Santos Neto in a trio setting, where he is joined by Roger Botter-Maio, who also contributed to Weber Iago’s recent Adventure Music release, On Filhos de Vento, on bass and Marcio Bahia, one of Brazil’s most in-demand session players, on drums. On the CD, which features a collection of never recorded, mostly original tunes, pianist Santos Neto also plays flute and melodica.
Special guests on the project include vocalist Joyce, Hamilton de Holanda on mandolin, Marcos Amorim on guitar, and Gabriel Grossi on harmonica. Fabio Pacscoal, the son of acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal, for whom Santo Neto has served as pianist and musical director for 15 years and counting, can be heard on percussion.