Monday, September 19, 2011
Live Music (recent past + upcoming) and Selected New Favorites
The Group will play 2 sets, 8:30 and 10 p.m. For more information, call 203-785-0468 or online at firehouse12.com. To find out more about the impressive career and music of the pianist, go to www.armenjazz.com.
RECOMMENDED NEW RELEASES:
Still, it is Sara Serpa's voice that haunts the listener long after the last notes fade. Her "instrumental" work moves from scatting on several tracks to singing along with Matos' guitar ("Traveling with Kapuszinsky") to the multi-tracked chorus on cinematic "City of Light, City of Darkness" that closes the program. Her Portuguese is flawless on "Sem Razão" while "If" (a poem from cumming's first edition of poetry "Tulips & Chimneys") is dark and foreboding music leavened by Serpa's soft vocal.
"Mobile" moves the listener in many directions, whether it's the fine keyboard work of Kris Davis, Andre Matos strong guitar playing, or the active and reactive rhythm section of Ted Poor and Ben Street. Sara Serpa's vision for the project is impressive - the creativity of her vocal work is yet another reason for one to explore this music time and again. For more information, go to www.saraserpa.com.
"The Dawn of Light" is filled with sweet moments, songs with inventive solos and rhythmic excitement as well as melodies played with real emotion (not just someone going through the motions.) Tineke Postma's music is well worth investigating. For more information, go to www.tinekepostma.com.
The interplay throughout the CD is mighty impressive and one is attracted to the lack of clutter in this music. Jerry Granelli and company enjoy their interactions and, if you like music that is intimate and entertaining, "Let Go" will please you.
To find out more, go to jerrygranelli.com.
Listen for yourself: