Brazilian trombonist Raul De Souza was living in Boston, studying piano and composition with friends enrolled at Berklee College, and hitting the road with Airto Moreira's band Fingers, when he made this powerhouse recording in 1974. A look at the credits should indicate how much De Souza had working in his favor on the sessions: world-class rhythmic support from Richard Davis and Jack DeJohnette, Airto's knowing hand as producer (his first such venture in the U.S.), two absolutely burning guest turns by Cannonball Adderley, the arranging skills of trombone grandmaster J.J. Johnson, and a program with superior material from both Brazil and U.S. music greats. What ultimately makes Colors an overlooked classic, though, is the contribution of De Souza, who (to borrow a phrase) plays trombone the way it should be played. De Souza proved his ability here to swim in both jazz and Brazilian music waters. His subsequent return to his native country makes this tour de force even more valuable.
with Ted Lo, Richard Davis, Jack DeJohnette, Kenneth Nash, Snooky Young, Oscar Brashear, George Bohannon, Don Waldrop, Jerome Richardson, Sahib Shihab