Legendary Brazilian musician and composer Hermeto Pascoal's birthday is on June 22. Celebrate the «Bruxo's» 81 years on the planet at Jazz TX with Austin/Brooklyn based Mente Clara.
Mente Clara was born in Texas out of a love for the music of Hermeto Pascoal and other Brazilian masters. They combine soaring melody, sophisticated jazz harmony, and the danceable rhythms of Northeastern Brazil into a sound that is all their own. Straddling the line between jazz, world music, and fusion, the band has toured from coast to coast, developing a reputation for exciting live shows along the way.
«Their judiciously reverberant sound and over the top arrangements illuminate Mente Clara's carefully considered contrasts, bringing welcome vibrancy and presence to the performances. No notes are necessary here. The music of this disc provides an attractive entry-point to one of the most inventive bands that I have heard in a long time.”» (Raul da Gama, World Music Report.)
The sets will feature full week of tunes from Hermeto's «Calendário do Som,» new, original compositions inspired by the Bruxo, and some classics from Hermeto's catalogue.
Justin Vasquez on woodwinds
Jan Flemming on accordion
Owen Summers on piano
Daniel Durham on bass
Aaron Parks on drums
Bruno Vinezof on percussion