A very groovy set from keyboardist Celso Murilo – a 60s album of organ and piano instrumentals with a really cool groove! The record follows in the best tradition of small combo bossa sessions – mixing together a strongly rhythmic approach that includes percussion by the great Rubens Bassini, plus backing on trumpet, flute, and timbales – all set to the pace of Murilo's sweet lines on the keys! The style's more expansive than 60s work by Walter Wanderley or Ed Lincoln – more open to influences from American Latin music, in addition to the core samba and bossa sounds that inform the work. The whole thing's great – a driving, lively little set that's a delight throughout!
This Afro-Cuban-flavored set features a leaderless all-star sextet consisting of tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri (who is showcased on around half of the selections), vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, pianist Bob James, bassist Andy Gonzalez, drummer Lenny White, and percussionist Steve Berrios. "Cubano Chant" and Horace Silver's "Nica's Dream" are performed along with some more recent pieces, falling into the general area of Cubop. Everyone fares well, with Barbieri emerging as the main star.