On The Bias Project #1, Brazilian electric bassist Rodrigo Ferrari Nunes makes his mark as an adept ensemble leader, surrounding himself with musicians of high caliber, and allowing them to take center stage and shine. Not your typical bass player solo record, Ferrari Nunes has conceived a communal effort built on communicative interplay.
His Brazilian bandmates are an aggressive bunch: tough-toned saxophonist Vinicius Dorin, multi-instrumentalist Sandro Haick, trumpeter Daniel D’Alcântara, pianist Pepe Rodriguez and dynamic drummer Cuca Teixeira.
Despite the shared Brazilian heritage among the musicians involved, the musical emphasis throughout the disc is on American jazz icons: Charles Mingus ("Fables of Faubus," Peggy’s Blue Skylight"), John Coltrane ("Giant Steps," "Mr. P.C.," "26-2"), Charlie Parker ("Donna Lee"), Freddie Hubbard ("Up Jumped Spring"), and Bill Evans ("Time Remembered").
Throughout the proceedings Ferrari Nunes seems happy to play the role of facilitator; providing solid support for his exuberant sidemen. As a soloist, the dexterous bassist exhibits a fiery, bebop inspired linear approach on "Mr. P.C." and "Donna Lee" performing the acrobatic melody with a nod to electric bass deity Jaco Pastorius.
Through energetic playing and spontaneous interaction, The Bias Project #1 offers a fresh perspective on a collection of over exposed post-bop standards. With a predilection for cultural melding, Ferrari Nunes shows promise as a young leader ready to steer jazz into uncharted territory.