Amaro Freitas Trio
Amaro Freitas piano, Jean Elton double bass, Hugo Medeiros drums & percussion.
Last year, the Jamboree experienced two glorious nights, when Amaro Freitas and his trio presented the album, ‘Sankofa’. The public’s response was then as surprising as it was unanimous. Everyone wanted to hear him again and here he is again. Born in Recife (Pernambuco, Brazil), where he grew up and became known, Amaro Freitas is today one of the great pianists of the new generation of jazz. Influenced by the closest cultural background—maracatú, frevo, baião, etc.—and by names such as Parker, Monk, Coltrane and Chick Corea, Amaro Freitas forged his own style, virtuous, profound, beautiful, exploratory, enveloping and with details that have seduced media outlets like Downbeat —”The rhythmic complexity of the Amaro Freitas Trio is dizzying. In 2016, he released a top-notch debut album, ‘Sangue negro’, with elements that already defined his idiosyncrasy as a creator: for example, mixes between minimalism and Brazilian tradition. With ‘Rasif’ (2018), he landed at relevant clubs and festivals in Europe and the US —Ronnie Scott’s, Lincoln Center, Bimhuis or the Barcelona Connexions festival. A disciple of the very select Montreux Jazz Academy, Freitas published his latest album in 2021, ‘Sankofa’, a work inspired by the spiritual source and tragic history of the Afro-Brazilian people, to which he belongs. ‘Sankofa’ is also a sublime exercise in jazz exploration, an extraordinary piano-trio.