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Fabiano do Nascimento and Sam Gendel, The Room, Real World ***

Sam Gendel sounds so different here on this very acoustic sounding duo album in the company of Gendel's erstwhile Airto Moreira playing partner guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento. The maverick trappings we expect have been packed away for the sake of …

Published: 4 Feb 2024. Updated: 5 months.

Sam Gendel sounds so different here on this very acoustic sounding duo album in the company of Gendel's erstwhile Airto Moreira playing partner guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento. The maverick trappings we expect have been packed away for the sake of some very pared back easy listening. Full of sweet centres, lots of labyrinthine musical conversations spool effortlessly. The acoustic fingerpicking style of Brazilian player Nascimento on a seven string provides a solid wash of a musical landscape that Gendel on soprano sax reliably adds even more colour to. Tunes are succinct, the tender and vulnerable sounding 'Até de Manhã' is the pick - but listen to the whole album in one sitting if you can for the full effect. But, while there are lots of charming moments here, can we have the old, more maverick, Gendel back?

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Srdjan Ivanović, Modular, Rue des Balkans ***1/2

Very more-ish this from Bosnian drummer Srdjan Ivanović shaped around a fantastic trio with guitarist Manu Codjia and bassist Yoni Zelnik plus guests who include mercurial flautist Magic Malik and trumpeter Olivier Laisney, the direction of the …

Published: 3 Feb 2024. Updated: 5 months.

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Very more-ish this from Bosnian drummer Srdjan Ivanović shaped around a fantastic trio with guitarist Manu Codjia and bassist Yoni Zelnik plus guests who include mercurial flautist Magic Malik and trumpeter Olivier Laisney, the direction of the album draws on Ivanović's Bosnian and Greek roots as well as his life in Paris and much else including notions of what the drummer calls ''cultural resistance''. Codjia is excellent throughout and delivers sterling work on George Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' at the end. The almost Michel Legrand-like feel all concerned bring to 'Sous le ciel de Paris' is also very appealing as is the album's pervasive East-meets-West sense of rugged motion and no little turmoil.