Monday evening’s concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola featured mallet percussionist/composer Erik Charlston’s diverse and well-rounded group, JazzBrasil, paying tribute to one of Brazil's most interesting and eccentric musicians, Hermeto Pascoal. Even if Pascoal’s name doesn't sound familiar, you might have heard the composer and multi-instrumentalist on Miles Davis' Live-Evil, with Pascoal contributing three compositions.
JazzBrasil includes the classic jazz rhythm section of drums, piano, and bass, augmented by two percussionists, Zé Maurício and Café, who kept the audience entertained for much of the night with their seemingly endless supply of instruments to be struck, stroked, or shaken. Rio de Janeiro-born Maurício played passionately and unpretentiously with an unfading grin. His tambourine solo during the encore, “Bebé,” was particularly engaging, and the audience enthusiastically applauded his virtuosic effort. Ted Nash, a talented wind player, and Charlston, playing both vibraphone and marimba, rounded out the group.