He may have an American sounding name, but pianist David Feldman was born in Rio de Janeiro and is a vital member of the current Brazilian music scene. "Horizonte," his third album as a leader, is a wonderful excursion into this great musical culture. Feldman is joined here by members of his trio — André Vasconcellos on bass and Marcio Bahia, drums — and special guests Toninho Horta, guitar and vocals, and Raul de Souza, trombone. The album leaves no doubt about Feldman's piano skills, but it also showcases his work as a composer.
The two guests join the group for Horta's tune, "Soccer Ball," which features Horta's wordless vocals. Horta, who also sings on Feldman's "Teté," has one of those beautiful Brazilian voices reminiscent of Gilberto Gil. Although Feldman takes the most solo flights on piano, he leaves plenty of room to highlight the great work of his bandmates. Vasconcellos plays an evocative solo on "Melancolia," and Bahia is featured on "Chora Tua Tristeza." If you are not yet into the Brazilian wing of jazz, "Horizonte," an excellent album from start to finish, is a great place to start.