Brazilian music is on tap this week on the Vinyl Vault as we present “Tudo Bem!” a 1978 album from guitarist Joe Pass and percussionist Paulinho da Costa.

Vinyl Vault is sponsored by Vinyl Me, Please

Pass and da Costa were joined by a cast of nearly all Brazilian musicians including Oscar Castro Neves on guitar, Claudio Sloan on drums, and Octavio Bailly on bass. Rounding out the group was Don Grusin on keyboards. Except for one tune written by Grusin and Bailly, the set list comprises tunes written by leading Brazilian composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Marcos Valle, Eumir Deodato, Oscar Neves, Luis Bonfa, and Roberto Menescal, among others.

The album was recorded shortly after Pass made a concert tour through Brazil during Carnival. That experience immersed him in the unique Brazilian rhythms and inspired him to record this album. He was so pleased with the result, he referred to this record as the warmest and most melodic album he had ever made.

“Tudo Bem!” means “All’s Well!” in Portuguese and that’s a descriptive title for this bright and upbeat album. The rhythms are subtly infectious (in a good way!) and Pass’ playing is energetic, virtuosic, and unrelentingly melodic.

Join Geoff Anderson on Tuesday, December 7,  at 8:30 pm for the Vinyl Vault on KUVO JAZZ.

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