Dori Caymmi, guitar, vocals; Abraham Laboriel, bass; Michael Shapiro, drums; Don Grusin, keyboards; Paulinho da Costa, percussion; Billy Childs, piano; Gary Meek, bass clarinet, clarinet, soprano sax; Scott Mayo, soprano sax; Carmen Bradford, vocals; Tim Weston, electric guitar; Arnold McCullen, vocals; and lots of strings.
Brazilian Dori Caymmi, a celebrated international composer and singer, has arranged an interesting cocktail of well-loved melodies in a sort of pop-Jazz romantic mix. "Pink Panther" starts us off with a reasonable straight melody enhanced by a smooth tenor sax. "My Favorite Things" sparkles and clicks to numerous percussion sounds, indeed this is a feature throughout. The tracks use a variety of instruments that briefly take center stage before moving aside; Dori Caymmi is in the thick of it but does not often take a solo. The sulky, dusky sound of Carmen Bradford offers a decent vocal on "Manha de Carnaval", with good piano backup from Billy Childs. There are some worthwhile soprano sax solos from Scott Mayo throughout the CD. A couple of the tracks, "The Shadow Of Your Smile" and "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head", are straight ballads. These are gentle, clever arrangements - with the occasional worthwhile improvisation coming to the fore - it is fitting that one of the tracks is "James Bond (Main Theme)", this could well be a pop-Jazz cocktail that is shaken but not stirred.
by Ferdinand Maylin
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