Artists Worth Checking Out: Carlos Malta Brings On Calm Factor

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A master wind-player, Carlos Malta has mainly been a solo artist since 1993.  According to the AllMusic.com website, he recorded seven solo albums during the final years of the 20th century.  Also of note, he toured 30 times around the world in a 12 year span–teaming up with the likes of Pat Metheny, Gil Evans, and Ernie Watts.

This week’s CD review features his 15 track effort from 1998 published by Malandro Records of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Pronounced as zhay-CHEEN-yo brah-zee-LAY-ro, the entire album is very laid-back and calm in nature, a nice work to kick off your heels or shoes after a long hard day of work or work around the house if you are listening on any weekend.

The best songs IMHO include the opening track, “Carinhoso” (translated means, “Affectionate”), the very snappy but short Track 4, “Ponto de Bala” (“Trigger Ready”), and the title track, Number 7 simply meaning “Brazilian Way.”  A few nice romantic ballads are on the back end of the album with Track 11, “Morena Bela” (or “Beautiful Dark-Skinned Girl”) and Track 13, “Mergulho da Sereia” (or “Swim of The Mermaid.”)  The pace quickens up just a bit on the final combined track, translated being “What Is This Here?” and “In The Rhythm of The Samba” totaling a little over 3 minutes.

Overall, very nice album–and plenty of copies are available online both on Amazon.com and eBay.com.

Next week, I will deal with a native Canadian smooth jazz artist who now makes Los Angeles home these days and has made quite a name for herself singing the standards north of the border.  See you then.

 

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