Sounds of Brasil by bassist Ark Ovrutski is a collection of interesting original compositions by Ovrutski that touch at the heart of Brasilian jazz and jazz in general. The ensemble is graced with the talents of Duduka Da Fonseca, Helio Alves on piano and the saxophone talents of both Craig Handy and Jorge Constinentino. Together these players bring Ovrutski's compositions to life with a depth that makes these contemporary pieces come across as if they were standards in the genre. Ark delivers a most impressive set of music for the listener. While the track Brasilian Carnaval appears as two takes, no other two songs sound the same. For a deeply romantic track, check out "Baby's Vibe" The diversity of the compositions is very entertaining. While Ovrutski hails from a multitude of cities in Russia, the Ukraine and New York City, his music sounds as if he is a native of Brasil. Ovrutski shows a deep understanding of the role of each instrument in these compositions and this gives testament to his classical roots. A powerfully entertaining recording that conveys Ovrutski's talent as a composer and a bassist. A great way to get some new music without leaving some old familiar ground.