Genre: Jazz, Bossa , Improvisational
Arguably the best jazz album of the year, "Handmade" was conceived, engineered & self-produced by the great São Paulo-based German bassist Frank Herzberg. Everything is impressive: the original material, the arrangements, the bright sound quality, the pristine mastering. And, specially, the soulful performances by this cohesive trio of giants: Herzberg on acoustic bass, Alexandre Zamith on acoustic piano & Rhodes, and Zé Eduardo Nazário on drums.
"Handmade" transcends any categorization. It's better and more creative than anything currently marketed as "contemporary jazz" in the USA and Europe. It's better and more creative than anything labeled as "instrumental Brazilian music" (argh!) or "Brazilian jazz." It defies limits, because this is music created by blessed souls, not simple musicians. They deliver a spiritual message through music, and they talk an universal language. There's a bit of Brazil, there's a lot of jazz, but above all there's originality everywhere. It's really a massive and challenging set, completely unpredictable, combining density and intensity in the highest possible level.
Arnaldo Desouteiro, Jazz critic