Recommended: Daniel Coelho Sexteto – “Morada”


There’s some Brazilian influence to Morada, reflecting the roots of the musicians, but the music tethers itself less to a particular geography and more to a specific, modern approach.  It begins old-school.  The Daniel Coelho Sexteto begin each piece with a simple, well-crafted melodic statement… the kind of thing that could be a full and complete pronouncement or the kind of melodic phrase that is simply the start of the conversation.  And that’s where the modern school of jazz makes its presence felt, because Coelho opts for the latter approach.  The bassist’s sexteto takes these melodic phrases for a ride.

By doubling up with two saxophonists, two electric guitarists and drums, Coelho chooses to explore the nuances of those melodies rather than see how intensely they can shine.  The result of this method is that pockets of tranquility are forged by music that moves at a patient trot, and time is left for contemplation even when the temperature spikes upward.

No less important to the success of the recording is how Coelho is always mindful of circling back to that original melodic statement.  Sometimes it’s a period reminder throughout the duration of a tune and sometimes the return home doesn’t occur until the piece is wrapping up, but however it ultimately shakes out, it’s a satisfying way to end things.

Your album personnel:  Daniel Coelho (bass), Caetano Ribeiro, André Bordinhon (electric guitars), Dhieego Andrade (drums) and Raphael Ferreira, Vinicius Corilow (saxophones).

This album is Self-Produced.

Listen to more of the album on the artist’s Bandcamp page.

Music from Minas Gerais, Brazil.

The very cool album art is by Juliana Coelho.  It appears this piece is called Bomju.  Check out her Instagram for more.

Available at:  Bandcamp | Amazon