Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Review -- RUBIM DE TOLEDO -- The River

Rubim de Toledo
Oh yes. From the lead cut Cannonball, Rubim de Toledo cooks through 10 songs on his new jazz release The River.
de Toledo has recorded three solo CDs ‘Charcoal and Crimson, a Nu-Jazz experiment; ‘Seu Swing, a World-Jazz venture; and now the acoustic jazz The River.
“The River features an Albertan musician all-star line-up and showcases Rubim’s original compositions in an acoustic, jazz quintet format. Initially, the music from The River was written as the soundtrack to Calgary’s prestigious dance company Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ 2008 production, ‘Tinge and Tone’, explained de Toledo’s website.
The dance production must be a good one, because the music certainly paints the image of dancers in the listener’s mind at times, including the vibrant title cut, which not surprisingly has some great bass solo moments.
de Toledo’s website explains the musician draws on a sort of dual heritage in creating his music.
“A Canadian of Brazilian descent, Rubim combines the influences of his cultural heritage, his passion for Cuban music, and his dedication to the jazz tradition to create a refreshing sound and to bring a rhythmic and conceptual depth to his bass playing,” states the site. “This keeps him a highly in-demand sideman for projects in any style and has also allowed him to nurture a fertile career as a bandleader.”
An indication of how good the new CD is that The River was nominated for Best Jazz Recording at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.
This is a really enjoyable, relaxing jazz effort that should not be overlooked.
Check this one out at www.rubim.com

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 30, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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