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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

Roger Davidson

By Ernest Barteldes
Published July 18, 2008

Bom Dia
Soundbrush

It is quite unusual for an American musician to make a disc of original Brazilian-flavored music, but jazz and classical pianist Roger Davidson presents a wide range of tunes without having to rely on Jobim or anyone else. He wrote all the material here, which was recorded with the able backing of drummer Paulo Braga, percussionist Marivaldo Dos Santos and fellow gringo David Finck on bass. Here Davidson gives his very best as a writer and musician, drawing inspiration from his idols without ever sounding shamelessly derivative. The title track is among the best examples, translating the carefree, lively spirit of Carnaval as it sounded in the 1950s, while the uptempo “Samba Para Minhas Crianças” would play well in any Rio jazz café. On the more romantic side, “Soir Brasilien” evokes the feel of the quiet tunes made famous by João Gilberto.