The songs comprise of a combination of Roditi originals and Brazilian-penned covers carefully chosen equally by Roditi and producer George Klabin, also head of Roditi's record label, Resonance. Compositions from Toninho Horta, Jobim, Johnny Alf and Eliane Elias are given fresh treatments, with just as much emphasis on jazz as there is on Brazil. As on prior Roditi records, the main draw is his unique trumpet sound, blending the softness of a flugelhorn with the range of a conventional trumpet. On this outing, Roditi even cuts loose a little bit more than normal, especially on tracks like O Sonho" (Youtube below), Bossa de Mank" and Piccolo Samba," while maintaining the grace and touch that are fundamental elements of his style. Other high points are the elegiac playing complemented by Lubambo's acoustic six-string on Para Nada" and the crisply swinging rhythm section performance on Roditi's own marvelous composition Levitation." He even takes a sensitive vocal turn, on Ligia," but his muted horn remains the main spotlight on this Jobim ballad.
With Bons Amigos set to release on September 13, Claudio Roditi once again successfully reconciles the country of his youthBrazilwith his adopted environsAmerica, reminding us that Brazilian jazz is one of the most natural and sweet sounding fusions of two cultures in modern music.