Pra Você (which translates to “for you” in Portuguese) is a delight from start to finish. The sound of Payne’s group, with clarinet, accordion, piano, guitar and drums-percussion (but no bass), is light and unique. They perform nine selections that are filled with rich melodies that are often quite joyful, particularly “Alma Brasileira” and “Doce De Coco.” While most of these songs (including the Payne/de Mello collaboration “No Wolf At The Door”) will be new to American jazz listeners, many are well known in Brazil.
Scott Yanow of DownBeat Magazine, October ’14
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