In the past few years I’ve developed an interest in Brazilian music, digging through the catalogs of artists like Airto Moreira, Milton Nascimento, Lo Borges, Jorge Ben, Hermeto Pascoal and a few others. I’ve only skimmed the surface, I’m sure. But I am really excited for this new release on Stones Throw’s Now-Again imprint, Triogranico’s Convivencia. Trioganico is an L.A.-based jazz trio grounded in bossa nova, including Pablo Calogero on saxaphone and woodwinds, Ricardo Pasillas on percussion and Fabiano do Nascimento on guitar. The album is made up entirely of acoustic instrumentation performing minimalist compositions, the majority of them being originals. The album’s now available on vinyl and CD, along with MP3s through Stones Throw’s store.
Stones Throw art director Jeff Jank kindly sent along the artwork for the album, featuring Stephen Serrato’s recognizable design style and Brian Cross’ brilliant photography. The cover reflects the organic nature the group strives for in their sound, combined with a great logo (above) and layout by Serrato. Serrato mentioned that the vinyl release was delayed due to the manufacturer placing the sticker on the album itself rather than the plastic. So I suppose the full photo is shown on the sleeve. Brian Cross, still one of my favorite photographers, provides his great attention to composition and framing and, as evidenced by the contact sheets (below) from Stones Throw’s website, a great use of color. I’m waiting for my copy on vinyl so that I can get the full effect of both the music and the artwork. You can hear one of the tracks, “Tempo De Amor”, below.
♪ Tri Organico – Tempo De Amor