John Patitucci, Irmãos De Fe (Newvelle Records)
Bassist Patitucci’s love affair with the music of Brazil is beautifully expressed in this collaboration with percussionist Rogério Boccato and guitarist Yotam Silberstein. A veteran of the Los Angeles jazz milieu, Patitucci caught the Brazil virus when he studied with percussionist Airto Moreira and began absorbing music by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Egberto Gismonti, Chico Buarque and others who in the 1960s helped launch the new wave of Brazilian music. His Mistura Fina,, recorded in Brazil, made a splash in both countries. Living again in his native New York, Patitucci bonded with Boccato and Silberstein for this collection. Highlights include Milton Nascimento’s sinuous “Catavento” and Patitucci’s gorgeous bowing on Jobim’s “Olha Maria.” The album is available only as a stunningly recorded vinyl LP pressing sold in a set of what Newvelle calls its second season of high-end vinyl discs. The company does not make CDs.