Make It Good - A simple, swinging Duke Pearson com- position from his album, “The Right Touch,” the original version featured beautiful solos from Pearson and Freddie Hubbard. My arrangement is a reworking of Pearson’s chart. But why the title? It must have gotten its name from three smart-aleck words often uttered just prior to an important performance
Quadras - In Portuguese: blocks (city blocks); or also, verses/quatrains, such as those often sung as a part of Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art. The building blocks for my Quadras are repeating musical sections, thematically related, and connected by means of metric/rhythmic modulations, improvisations, or modu- lations of key. Together, the four Quadras make up one longer piece structured from beginning to end; equally, each section can stand on its own. The piece was written in anticipation of a New Year’s holiday in Brazil; its harmony is very influenced by the writing of Ivan Lins. Ano Novo opens the window to a new year. Vila Madalena is the neighborhood in Sa?o Paulo where my dear friend, the great guitarist and composer Chico Pin- heiro, lives. Coisinha (“little thing”) is what you might call someone you truly adore. Javali? Witness is, naturally, the Religious Sect of the Wild Boar.....
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