When we are open there’s Jazz! Tonight February 18th 7-10pm, La Cour, French Restaurant & Jazz Club, presents Carmen Sandim!
By the time Brazil native Carmen Sandim was seventeen, she had already won national
competitions in both Brazilian jazz and classical piano. After graduating from the Berklee
College of Music, she went on to win several awards for the compositional work she did for
television and radio. So it’s no surprise that Sandim, now based in Boulder and teaching
music, knows a thing or two about crafting a great song. Brand New, which was recorded live
at Dazzle (where she’ll celebrate the CD’s release on Sunday, February 20), showcases ten
outstanding works — some sprawling, others intricate — that draw primarily from jazz but
also incorporate influences from Western classical and Brazil. Parts of the opening track,
“Sampa,” one of the album’s many highlights, hint at later-era Pat Metheny Group. These
songs also work as vehicles for some fine soloing from trumpeter Ron Miles, guitarist Matt
Fuller and saxophonist Danny Meyer.