Hamilton de Holanda Quintet -


hamilton_de_holandaIt’s fitting that the Hamilton de Holanda Quintet is making their recording debut on the Adventure Music label.  Their new CD Brasilianos is a trailblazing fusion of styles with a modern twist on tradition.  They are young virtuosos.  Hot and homegrown, they are Brasilianos, a new generation forging distinctive sounds in Latin music today.    

Hamilton de Holanda (who composed 11 of 13 tracks), performs on a custom 10-string mandolin.  Having added an extra low-C string, his is a unique polyphonic sound and joining him are the very talented Daniel Santiago (acoustic guitar), Andre Vasconcellos (electric bass), Marcio Bahia (drums) and Gabriel Grossi (harmonica).  You’ll experience their creative spirit set free on the afro-samba opener, Pedra da macumba.  This uptempo track sets the pace with intricate harmonic and rhythmic sensibilities and showing off some unbelievable and frenetic fingering techniques, de Holanda sustains the momentum on 01 byte10 cordas.  While Cacua blends African and European elements in one of many showstoppers! 

The mood relaxes with the melodic use of harmonica and mandolin on the very romantic Waltz in B, a song described in the liner notes as, “inspired by great love.”  There are some things worth waiting for and the song, For You to Stay is one of them.  In the spirit of the Brasilianos, de Holanda began this composition in 1999 and letting the music take the lead, completed it in 2005. 

Small Country Train is the first of two covers and is performed in a mid-tempo, jazz style that would appeal to its composer (H. Villa-Lobos) and another compelling jazz piece, Procession, finds de Holanda playing it breakneck and up the neck on a Gilberto Gil classic.

Brasilianos tells the stories of a culturally diverse land and a dynamic people.  If I had to pick one song to sum up this amazing project, it would be Baiao-Brasil which introduces itself affectionately with a serenade and then in rousing emotion, kisses fondly and flirtatiously good-bye.  What a journey and luckily for us, the Hamilton de Holanda Quintet makes Brazil only a song away!

For more information visit:www.hamiltondeholanda.com


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-D.J. Fazio