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Soulful, Brazilian flavor jazzes ULV crowd

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Hugo Bryan Castillo
Staff Writer

On Sept. 24, the Sandro Albert Quartet took the Dailey Theater stage and filled the room with the smooth sounds of Brazilian jazz from its second CD, “The Color of Things.”

The music was a rich blend of jazz with a splash of tropical, Brazilian beats. The music consisted of a lot of electric guitar and a combination of other instruments.

Sandro Albert, lead singer, played the electric guitar; Katisse Buckingham played the tenor and soprano saxophone and flute and alto flute; Dave Carpenter played the bass; Quinn Johnson played the keyboard and Gary Novac played the drums.

After the concert, 35-year-old Brenda Weber from Pomona, who is a fan of jazz music, said that the music was “very eclectic. Great way of combining a lot of jazz styles.”

Sandro Albert, 37, has been playing with this band for about three years, came to the United States in 1997 from the Brazilian city of São Paulo. He currently lives in Glendale, California.

Albert has been playing jazz since the age of 13. Jazz music is a big part of his life. “I’ve made my living with music since I was 17,” Albert said.

Albert has also worked with the band WAR, who recently played at this year’s L.A. County Fair.

Jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, who was well known in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, inspired Albert to play jazz music.

“Montgomery changed my life,” Albert said. “I like the clean sound of the guitar.”

Albert sees his work as having a universal impact on its audience. Albert calls his music “world music.” He describes jazz music as freedom of expression.

“Jazz music has to come with your writing,” Albert said.

Albert said that his life inspires him. Everyday events inspire him to write and play music.

His favorite song, “Color of Things,” is an example of that in that it was inspired by a personal problem he had to deal with.

Albert said jazz is a lifestyle that strongly includes freedom.

When asked if he thinks he will be playing jazz for the rest of his life, he said,“yes, I am pretty sure. It is a part of me.”

Vincent Caballero, 48, from Orange, California, described the concert as a “definite blend of fusion.” He said it made him feel upbeat and awake.

Dana McJunkin, a junior liberal studies major, is not a big fan of jazz music but described the concert as “very upbeat, energetic and fun.”

McJunkin also enjoyed the part when Buckingham rapped in one of the songs.

Javier P. Virgen, 29, has been the band’s manager for a year and a half.

He described the band as an “amazing, dynamic group.”

Virgen described Albert’s music as original and creative.

“It’s original and addicting and contagious,” he said.

Virgen described Albert as a very passionate man towards his jazz music because it’s his own creativity.

“It’s beautiful music that is distinguishable from what is going on today,” Virgen said.

Virgen hopes to get the music out there and have the band perform at more events.

“I hope to help spread the gospel of jazz,” Virgen said. “[And] make Sandro’s music the standard of jazz.”

Overall it was a great show filled with emotion, culture, passion and a taste of Brazilian influence.

For more information on Albert’s new CD, “Soulful People,” log on to www.sandroalbert.com and find out what makes him,“a jazz artist with a Brazilian soul.”

Hugo Bryan Castillo can be reached at hcastill@ulv.edu.

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