- Artist: Mary Fettig
- Format: CD
- Release Date:7/15/2008
Mary Fettig's career as a saxophonist/flutist hit the international arena at the tender age of 20 when she was asked by Stan Kenton to be the first woman instrumentalist in his groundbreaking big band. She has since continued a diverse recording and touring career, including stints with such greats as NPR's Marian McPartland, Latin legend Tito Puente, and Brazilian icons Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. She has recorded numerous albums in her career including her debut on the Concord Records label, 'In Good Company', with pianist Marian McPartland, legendary bassist Ray Brown, guitarist Peter Sprague, and drummer Jeff Hamilton. Mary's association with the music of Brazil spans over two decades. For part of this time she was the saxophonist/flutist with Flora Purim and Airto, who were in Chick Corea's original Return to Forever band. She played on their album 'The Magicians' followed by a world tour. She also recorded Flora's 'Queen Of The Night' CD. Mary's odyssey with Brazilian music included a tour with Toninho Horta, whom Pat Metheny called 'the Herbie Hancock of Bossa-Nova guitarists'. Perhaps her most important collaboration has been with the brilliant Brazilian-born keyboardist, composer and arranger Marcos Silva. Their association dates back to the days when both played in Flora and Airto's band in the mid 80's. Marcos also boasts collaborations with such Brazilian luminaries as Dori Caymmi, Edu Lobo and the legendary Ivan Lins. When Marcos formed his San Francisco-based band 'Intersection' in 1985, Mary was a charter member. They recorded two records for the Concord Crossover label, 'Here We Go' and 'White and Black', and have been performing together ever since. While playing all the keyboard parts and contributing four original compositions on this recording, Marcos also assumed the all-important role of producer. The music of Brazilian Footprints is a collection of jazz music from great contemporary Brazilian composers featuring: Mary Fettig - Alto Sax, Soprano Sax and Flute Marcos Silva - Producer, Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Tamborim, Shakers, Triangle, Repinique and Shells Chico Pinheiro - Acoustic and Electric Guitars. Scott Thompson - Electric Bass. Celso Alberti - Drums and Caxixi. Michael Spiro - Congas, Guiro, Chimes and Shells on Waterfalls. Alex Calatayud - Pandeiro. Claudia Villella - vocal on Waterfalls. PRESS REVIEWS: Brad Walseth - JazzChicago.net 'This may be the most joyous and purely listenable recording of the year. Mary Fettig is an incredibly talented musician on the alto and soprano saxes and flute. The first female member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, The Bay Area-based Fettig has recorded with Kenton, Tito Puente, Marian McPartland, Flora Purim, Nnenna Freelon and many more, along with television and movie soundtrack work. On this her third recording as leader she has surrounded herself with an impressive group of musicians to help her achieve an exploration of Brazilian music that is melodic, but not loungey, exciting, but not at the expense of warping the basic beauty of the Brazilian sound. It just sounds good...' Edward Blanco - ejazznews.com '...No question about this one, 'Brazilian Footprints' is one of the best recordings of the year. Mary Fettig sculpts a monster recording of Brazilian rhythms that is also jazzy to the core, sure to guarantee many spins and draw critical acclaim from aficionados and jazz audiences everywhere'. Chris Spector - Midwest Record 'At home on sax and flute, Fettig's chops have taken her on a long, satisfying journey from Stan Kenton to film work to her own work. Literally having played everything with everybody, she now points her flute to her love of Brazilian music and brings it home with all the slow burning heat and none of the cliches. One of those sets that easily walks the line between tasty and tasteful, this is what upscale jazz should look to if it wants to get it right'. John Book - The Run Off Groove 'Mary Fettig has been a musician for most of her life, always presenting herself in fine form, and on Brazilian Footprints (F Major) she gets to show her love of the samba and bossa nova through her work on the flute and saxophone...'
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