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When Baden Meets Trane by Glauco Sagebin

Glauco Sagebin is a Brazilian pianist whose new CD When Baden Meets Trane, reveals his experience in gaining familiarity with jazz musicians from both the United States and Brazil. For example, the title cut "When Baden Meets Trane," the first selection on the CD, very strongly brings to mind the playing of Chick Corea and his tune "Steps" from his 1968 Now He Sings, Now He Sobs recording. However, instead of the percussive introduction played by the drums and piano leading into an incendiary fast tempo blues, Sagebin’s tune kicks into a very up-tempo samba. The title refers to Baden Powell (named for the founder of the Boy Scouts, Lord Baden Powell) an important figure in the Brazilian bossa nova craze of the 1950’s and 1960’s and John Coltrane. What we hear in Sagebin’s tune is a combination of Brazilian samba with a catchy and tuneful head and a familiar chord progression in the last few bars of the tune’s form that brings to mind Coltrane’s classic tune "Giant Steps."

Sagebin also penned four other tunes for the recording. "Short Story" is beautiful ballad with a classical sound to it. "Earlier Departure" is an interesting tune written in 6/4 time, "Villa" is a tribute to Brazilian composer Hector Villa-Lobos, and "Rio Negro" features the talents of drummer Paulo Braga, and the much in demand, and experienced sideman, bassist Santi Debriano. Sagebin also includes the music of some of his countrymen with Antonio Carlos Jobim’s beautiful "Olha Maria," and the waltz "Luiza." The tune "Pra Dizer Adeus" by Edu Lobo and Torquato Neto and Carlos Lyla’s "Nada Como ter Amor" round out the Brazilian contributions of compositions.

The trio also dips into the "Great American Songbook" with a very original samba rendition of George Gershwin’s "Fascinating Rhythm." The group also employs some unique phrasing of the melody that really hooks the ear. The last cut on the CD is the beautiful ballad of Johnny Mercer’s, "Laura." Sagebin’s version is thick with the spirit of Bill Evans in both his harmonic alterations, phrasing and touch at the keyboard.

When Baden Meets Trane is a very finely crafted recording with very high levels of musicianship and well-written and arranged tunes. While the recording will be of most interest to listeners who prefer piano jazz trios, the CD is very enjoyable and any jazz aficionado would be pleased to have the recording in their collection.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Glauco Sagebin
  • CD Title: When Baden Meets Trane
  • Genre: BeBop / Hard Bop
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Blue Toucan Music
  • Rating: Four Stars
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