STELLA BY STARLIGHT – Victor Young with saxophonist Anderson Pessoa.
Recorded at the Universidade de Brasília in Brasilia, Brazil. May 2023.
Anderson is a colleague, friend and former student. He is also an excellent saxophonist, creative composer/arranger and outstanding teacher. I met Anderson during my first trip to Brazil in 1998 and we have stayed in touch ever since. I love visiting him and his students in Natal – the beaches, dunes, food….!
We had just finished participating in a saxophone event and thought we’d play a tune, so we selected Stella and just started playing. No melody at first, just soloing over the changes.