Jim Nolet and his group, Arco Voz, have released a new CD containing some of the smoothest latin jazz you'll ever hear. The noted jazz violinist assembled a great Brazilian sextet augmented by several fine vocalists. This session was recorded in Sao Paolo.
Having studied at Julliard and the Cornish Institute of the Arts, Jim Nolet has worked with Cecil Taylor, David Murray, Joanne Brackeen and others. His jazz violin and viola solo passages are contemplative and interesting. Nolet is a world class player and his choice of the members of Arco Voz is to be admired. Multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Rodriguez is a highlight of this album. What a talent! Rodrigo sings like Chet Baker and sounds like Toots Thielmans when he picks up the harmonica. The "togetherness" of harmonica and viola is superb and enthralling. Pure beauty! Rodrigo's vocal on "Let's Get Lost" is stunning.
Not to be outdone, the female vocalists enter the scene and show their stuff. Monica Salmaso, Marcia Lopes and Ana Amelia are highly trained and perform beautifully in the Brazilian jazz atmosphere.
My wife is, to say the least, not a fan of latin rhythms. As I auditioned Arco Voz, she hovered over my shoulder and spoke the praises of this record. That's a compliment from the heart! This CD is highly recommended.