Brazilian contemporary jazz has won another shining star: Amaro Freitas. Hailing from cultural melting-pot Recife in north-eastern Brazil, the young pianist combines classic jazz of, say, Thelonious Monk with his musical roots such as regional styles of Afro-Brazilian maracatu or the carnival sounds of frevo and baião. Amaro explores the percussive capabilities of the piano in complex mathematical patterns that create unpredictable, hypnotic rhythms. What comes out is a tour de force of experimentation and renovation of the traditional structures of jazz showing the intimacy that Amaro Freitas has with the piano. Jazz, which is catchy and open in a pleasantly uncomfortable way. Amaro Freitas lets you discover the piano in a new way.