Moreno Veloso, Nick Mazzarella | Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Moreno Veloso, Nick Mazzarella Recommended All Ages Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Nov. 7, 7 p.m. 2014

Fourteen years ago, singer and multi-instrumentalist Moreno Veloso, son of Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, released Music Typewriter, a bold collision of gentle bossa novas and sambas with electronic beats. The record was billed to Moreno + 2, a reference to his principal collaborators: Domenico Lancelotti tapped out the beats in real time on an MPC, and Alexandre Kassin played mostly bass and contributed production work. It launched a decade of rich collaborations from the trio, whose various incarnations would only later be known as the +2s—each member made an album of his own songs with the others backing him up, so that in the years that followed they released Domenico + 2 and Kassin + 2. The partnership dissolved a few years ago, though many musicians in its orbit continue to work together. This summer Veloso finally released a second album of his own gorgeous songs, Coisa Boa (Luaka Bop), which proves again that he’s the best and most nuanced singer in the crew. A trusted group of cohorts caress its 11 lovely melodies (all but one written or cowritten by Veloso) with airy, layered arrangements that take full advantage of the creative latitude afforded by the try-anything workshop approach of the +2 axis. The songs’ shifting blends of acoustic guitar picking, analog synth countermelodies, and subtle hip-shaking grooves range unpredictably over a lot of musical territory—there’s the playfully percussive lullaby “Verso Simples,” the chill soul-funk number “Em Todo Lugar,” the sashaying samba “Não Acorde o Neném,” and the jazzlike ballad “Hoje.” Whatever the style, Veloso tiptoes up to the edge of his falsetto range with a hushed grace that makes it feel like he’s singing to only you. Tonight’s concert, currently his only date in the U.S., is a rare solo performance. —Peter Margasak

Price: $25, $20 for members, $10 for students

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