This Thursday, March 10th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to celebrate the release of saxophonist Livio Almeida’s new album, Action and Reaction. Originally from Brasilia, Brazil, Almeida is a member of the O’Farrill musical mishpacha, playing regularly in groups led by Arturo O’Farrill, and in the O’Farrill Brothers Band. In an interview with Jazz Speaks, Zack and Adam O’Farrill noted what aspects of Almeida’s musicianship drew them together:
Adam O’Farrill: Other than my brother, saxophonist Livio Almeida has been the longest standing member of the band since its inception in 2009. He’s from Brasilia, BR, and the first time I had ever played with him was in the West 4th St. train station. We just jammed, and I fell in love with his playing. As an improviser, he has a strong sense of youth and willingness to discover, and he really knows when to raise the energy level. Not only is he an amazing musician, but he truly is a sweet and generous person.
Zack O’Farrill: Livio also has a gigantic sound which is the essential element for my brother, who doesn’t have much of a tolerance for small, timid playing!
Action and Reaction was recorded in 2014 and features seven original tunes by Almeida, showcasing an expansive aesthetic. The album’s title track is a case in point—it features Almeida soaring lyrically over Zack O’Farrill’s intensely funky drumming. Check out a live version of the infectiously energetic tune below.
Come out to The Gallery this Thursday to celebrate the release of this excellent new album with Almeida and his talented, young bandmates.
The Livio Almeida Quartet celebrates the release of Action and Reaction at The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. The group features Mr. Almeida on saxophones, Leo Genovese on piano, Edward Perez on bass, and Zack O’Farrill on drums, plus special guest trumpeter Adam O’Farrill. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission (FREE for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.