Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto
"Current" front cover


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Following the widely acclaimed release of “Veja o Som” (See the Sound) from 2010, Adventure Music announces The Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto in a studio recording featuring all new original compositions by Jovino, written exclusively for his Seattle-based Quinteto.
The band was formed in late 1993, just a couple of months after Jovino moved to Seattle from Rio de Janeiro. Its line-up has remained constant over the years, with Chuck Deardorf on bass, Mark Ivester on drums, Harvey Wainapel on saxophones and clarinet and Jeff Busch on percussion. The Quinteto’s previous releases include “Ao Vivo em Olympia” (2000) and “Canto do Rio” (2004 Latin Grammy nominee). They have performed in in major venues in Seattle, San Francisco and New York. After playing a string of concerts along the West Coast recently, the Quinteto went into the studio, spontaneously recording the energy, interaction and musical telepathy that have captivated audiences around the United States with a whole new set of music composed and arranged by Jovino, a 3-time Latin Grammy nominee. All original themes that set the stage for the group's interactions, fleeting moments of musical bliss captured in this recording.
The title Current has multiple meanings, presenting the Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto’s current repertoire as music flowing of music like a stream of water or an electrical current. The word “Corrente” also means “chain” in Portuguese, indicating how all the musicians join together to serve the music, making this ensemble become more than the sum of its parts when in action.
The compositions span a wide range of contemporary Brazilian styles, based on the traditional forms of choro, baião, marcha, samba and xote, but with modern harmonic approaches and inspired improvisations by all musicians.
Some press quotes about the Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto:
• Jovino's fresh creative originals and appealing arrangements, telepathic interactivity with emotional heat, and substantial improvisational conception: these are but a few of the appetizing ingredients of a veritable music feast - Dr. Herb Wong
• Santos Neto…is a master interpreter of such lesser-known Brazilian styles as baião, maracatu and frevo. … a program where the Brazil of yesterday and tomorrow meet and mingle in joyous harmony - Mark Holston, Jazziz
• Using rhythms and song forms from various regions of Brazil, Santos Neto writes tunes with the harmonic complexity of bebop, while depending on his musicians to elaborate on his self-propelling melodic lines. Much of his music is inspired by particular settings, which gives his songs visual as well as emotional resonance…Santos Neto is a technically dazzling pianist who maintains a graceful fluidity no matter what the tempo. - Andrew Bourcie,The Oakland Express