While metal aligns itself nicely with Missoula's winters, Brazilian roots music is the best means of escape. On Pra Voce, the Dexter Payne Quartet serves up nine songs from dance-party-style forró to samba. "Alma Brasileria" feels like a brisker, lighter version of Charles Trenet's "Boum." Payne's clarinet propels the song forward like the current of a river while drummer Raoul Rossiter punctuates the fluid melody with swift, ticking rhythms.
"Chorinho Pra Voce" would be a good song for an outdoor dance club under a summer night's sky. You could lose yourself in it, especially with just enough fresh fruit cocktails. "Doce de Coco," with the romantic purr of Dave Willey's accordion, Payne's willful trilling and the warm plucking of Bill Kopper's guitar strings, is perfect for a final stroll alongside a lantern-lit river. Maybe you take off your shoes and let your feet feel the grass. See? It's like a fever when you start listening to this album—the way summer gets in the brain. By the time you get to the final song, "Lembrei do Ceara," you'll be contemplating a plane ticket to the Southern hemisphere.
Dexter Payne plays with Canta Brasil for Jazzoula Thu., March 27, at St. Anthony's Parish. Doors open at 6 PM, show at 6:30. $12/$9 students and seniors. Tickets at Rockin Rudy's and at the door.