Fans of ECM’s trio recordings of the past decade: take note. Alfa is a worthy contender for your collection. Brazilian pianist and composer Leandro Cabral‘s second leader date is as multilayered and expansive as anything put out by Benedikt Jahnel, Colin Vallon, or Marcin Wasilewski, and has been captured at the peak of fidelity by engineer Adonias Souza Jr. Lovingly performed and recorded at Teatro Alfa, São Paulo, the music produced by Leandro alongside bassist Sidiel Vieira and drummer-percussionist Vitor Cabral is extraordinary.

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