Virtual Samba by Albert Calvo
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The influence of Joe Pass on many guitarists worldwide is indisputable. Albert Calvo performed in the premier performance of Australian Composer Peter Scuthorp's "Conquest of Mexico" which was headed by the late great jazz guitarist Joe Pass and classical guitar virtuoso John Williams. So it's not unusual, that Albert Calvo choose this play on words as a title for his album. Albert Calvo, who plays acoustic and electric guitars, assembled good musicians among others such alike Christopher Soulos, bass, Noel Elmowy, keyboards and synthbass, Philip Elmowy on percussion. Good friends, the opening track, begins with keyboard chords presenting Calvo's melodious guitar. Followed by Elmowy's contemplative piano play Calvo showcases with a nice guitar solo his own virtuosity on this instrument. As Albert Calvo remarks, "Its Smooth Jazz all the way". Pass it on, obviously a tribute to the lost hero of Jazz Joe Pass, manifests Calvo's more jazzy side. A first visit card of Latin Jazz feelin', the easy played piece ends with Latin percussion. Selah is a slow tempo and romantic guitar piece combining acoustic and electric guitar wonderfully supported by Elmowy's keyboards and Andrew Oh's dreamy sax solo. The slow mood continues on Insights. Calvo plays thoughtfully and heartreaching his acoustic guitar sensibly accompagnied by string sounds. On Virtual Samba Albert Calvo starts the Latin part of his album. Full of expression besides Calvo's guitar play are Casey Greene's flute solo and the driving Samba percussion section build up by Philip Elmowoy and Steve Gadd. The Samba sound stays on Yours Forever remembering on Don Burrow's latin work. Super 60 Strut is a more uptempo tune with changing beats, some Latin Jazz, some Funk, some Fusion and a lot of solos of guitar (Albert Calvo), saxophone (Andrew Webb), piano (Noel Elmowoy) and percussion (Philip Elmowoy and Steve Gadd). On Calious Groove one can hear a nice Hammond B3-organ solo besides grandmaster Calvo's guitar play. A funky impression offers the inset of a plucked bass near to the end. Calvo finishs in Latin style with the Samba tune It's Worth the Wait framed by Albert Calvo's contemplative acoustic guitar solo. Pass it on is a worthy addition for lovers of Smooth and Latin Jazz and is still getting an enormous amount of air play around Australia.
Albert Calvo, George Golla, guitars; Christopher Soulos, bass; Noel Elmowy, keyboards; Casey Greene, flute; Andrew Oh, Andrew Webb, sax; Phillip Elmowy, percussion; Land Richards, Bill Kezelos, drums.
- Pass It On by Dave Hughes
May 17, 2013
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