ANTONIO NEVES-A Pegada Agora E Essa

LP version. From samba and bossa nova through to baile funk, with carioca expressions of jazz, rock, and hip-hop in between, the sound of Rio de Janeiro, while continually evolving, has always held an unnamable quality which reflects the magic and mystique of the city itself. Multi-instrumentalist and arranger Antonio Neves is the city's newest trailblazer: the enfant-terrible of Rio's music scene, leading a vital and diverse constellation of both emerging and well-known artists advancing the city's musical legacy. "It all started one sleepless night, after watching a Quincy Jones documentary." Inspired by the legendary music magnate, Neves began writing a list of artists residing in Rio de Janeiro "people that I admire, that I consider geniuses of their instruments, who share with me affinities, anxieties and projects." The list included some of Brazil's most revered living musicians who Neves has worked with in recent years: Hamilton de HolandaLeo Gandelman, and Dorival Caymmi. Neves also called on some of Brazil's most exciting emerging talents including Alice Cayymii and Ana Frango EletricoA Pegada Agora É Essa (The Sway Now) is Neves's second album: a vibrant portrait of the current Brazilian music scene. From the regional to universal, popular to erudite, samba to rap, Latin rhythms to jazz, MPB and pop to good old rock n' roll, Neves walks with fluency and mastery amongst all the musical genres that Brazil has to offer. "My offer to the musicians was complete freedom to express themselves through the songs I proposed -- classics like 'Summertime', 'Luz Negra', and 'Noite de Temporal', and compositions of my own -- creating a space of authorship for the band and the guests. A space for inventions, purges, delusions, laughter. The idea was to bring the freedom of jazz crossed by Brazilian rhythms, such as the traditionals "Partido Alto" ("A Pegada Agora É Essa") and "Jongo" ("Jongo no Feudo" and "Luz Negra"); rhythms of African-Brazilian religions like Candomblé ("Noite de Temporal") and Umbanda ("Forte Apache"); and a tribute to newest Rio de Janeiro's contribution to Brazilian music, the funk Carioca ("Simba"). Features LedaEsguleba, Alice Caymmi, Ana Frango Elétrico, Hamilton de Holanda, Leo Gandelman, and Edu Neves.