Hamilton de Holanda & Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Collab

I didn’t know who Hamilton de Holanda and Gonzalo Rubalcaba were, but their extraordinary Collab blew me away. While Holanda is an innovative mandolinist, Rubalcaba is a renowned pianist, whose style is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. Together they created captivating synergies of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz on such as the exhilarating “Blues Landvall”, the energizing “Mandalagh,” and the mesmerizing “Flying Chicken.” On the vocal version of “Incompatibilidade de gênios,” João Bosco joins the duo. Although Bosco switches between word and wordless singing, he seems to scat the entire song to my foreign ears. I enjoyed this album immensely.