Figueiredo (pronounced fig-a-ray-doe), 36, performed a range of original ("Lele" and a fado inspired from a trip to Portugal) and classic Brazilian bossa nova and samba material, a bit of classical music, and some exotic-sounding straight-ahead jazz. He performed most of the first set solo. For its last two tunes, he was joined by bassist Alejandro Arenas and drummer Mark Feinman from his second set collaborators, St. Petersburg-based O Som Do Jazz.
|Figueiredo, Arenas, Feinman|
His technique blends tremolo and arpeggio with dazzling speed, dexterity and musicality. At times, his right thumb was playing the dark rhythm while his other fingers simultaneously explored the melody.
The samba band knew going in that solo Diego is a tough act to follow, even with him in the mix.
There were two clear evening highlights:
- Figueiredo's extended solo version of the Paul Desmond-written Dave Brubeck hit "Take Five," which seamlessly wandered into Brubeck's "Blue Rondo A La Turk" before returning to the "Take Five" melody.
- When Arenas and Feinman joined Diego, the trio played Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Corcovado" and the traditional Brazilian choro "Tico-Tico no Fubá," which was a rousing set closer.