Monday, November 28, 2011

Live review: Reinaldo Brahn & Jim Brock

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Reinaldo Brahn & Jim Brock
Evening Muse
Nov. 26, 2011

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Brazilian transplant Reinaldo Brahn and Charlotte's Jim Brock hit the stage in the simplest manner, each seated on stage and looking relaxed, before presenting a complex mix of Brazilian soul and diverse percussion at the Evening Muse on Nov. 26.

The duo, who worked together on the October-released album, Brasiliero Soul, sailed through an hour and 45 minutes set including songs from the album and a bossa nova-infused cover of The Police's "Roxanne."

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Brahn's smooth soulful vocal tone is reminiscent of Stevie Wonder in its delivery, while he also adds in some jazzy scatting from time to time. His guitar playing offers a generally acoustic tone coaxed to its edges through finger picking, strumming and the right amount of pluck.

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Meanwhile, Brock's wizardry on percussion is simply stunning as he combined a snare, high hat, drum, cajón and other instruments. Where most percussionists might leave well enough alone and stick with one instrument, Brock has the ear and talent to add a cymbal crash here, a foot tap there, a handclap when needed or even just the click of a stick against the side of the snare. It's these layers that add a whole other dimension to the music at the ideal moments without overdoing it.

He redefines the conventional idea when it comes to instruments such as a triangle and tambourine, adding as much rhythm to the music as it does tones. He even found a moment for a brief drum solo using a bodhrán.

The duo's performance offered a great combination of talents and styles that is a welcome addition to Charlotte's music scene.

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