In her first album recorded in Pure DSD, Brazilian pianist Carmen Sandim is a master of storytelling through her thoughtfully-crafted piano melodies and sophisticated harmonic structures. Accompanied in expert fashion by Gilad Hekselman on electric and acoustic guitar, Greg Garrison on bass and Colin Stranahan drums, Mini Brazilian Beasts is a marvel of modern jazz that’s warm and bright, and one of Octave’s crispest, clearest DSD recordings to date. The instrumental album opens with its playful title track, moving through the intensity of the emotionally-driven “Disturbia Nervosa” before retreating into the calm serenity of “Eventual Ocean” on solo piano. Produced by Art Lande and recorded by Colin Bricker and Kevin Lee, the album also features Blue Note Records’ Ron Miles on trumpet in his final recording – a beautifully introspective ballad titled for his middle name, “Glen.” This cohesive album of fresh, original compositions is a must-have for any jazz collector.
Now available as a 24-karat gold CD master in addition to the SACD version and downloads.
|01 - Mini Brazilian Beasts|
|02 - Samsara's Learning Curve|
|03 - Disturbia Nervosa|
|04 - Glen|
|05 - Jumelandia|
|06 - Enemy|
|07 - Cassandra Speaks|
|08 - Magia Moderna|
|09 - Eventual Ocean|
|10 - That's Just The Way It Is, OK?|
|11 - Humdrum Heroe|
An engaging jazz pianist, Carmen Sandim combines harmonically sophisticated post-bop with traditions from her native Brazil. Sandim first gained attention in the 2000s after moving to Boulder, Colorado.In this video, Sandim discusses the studio recording process, working with Blue Note Records' Ron Miles, the stories behind the compositions on Mini Brazilian Beasts, and more. Video filmed and edited by Karyna Balch Interview and Steinway piano audio recorded by Zach Balch Photo credits: Studio photos at Animal Lane, Lyons, CO: Jordan Bass Ron Miles photo by Bob Doran - Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode Performance photos courtesy of Carmen Sandim. Pictured: Art Lande, Carmen Sandim, Matt Fuller, Ron Miles, Danny Meyer