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Rodrigo Recabarren, Pablo Menares, Yago Vázquez, Familia, Greenleaf Music ***1/2

Galician Xota and South American chacarera rhythms from l-r: Yago Vazquez, Pablo Menares, Rodrigo Recabarren A New York piano trio borne of friendship. Led by Chilean drummer Rodrigo Recabarren with his compatriot double bassist Pablo Menares …

Published: 23 Feb 2024. Updated: 3 months.

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Galician Xota and South American chacarera rhythms from l-r: Yago Vazquez, Pablo Menares, Rodrigo Recabarren

A New York piano trio borne of friendship.

Led by Chilean drummer Rodrigo Recabarren with his compatriot double bassist Pablo Menares - who is on the upcoming Melissa Aldana Blue Note album Echoes of the Inner Prophet - and the Galician Spanish pianist Yago Vázquez (slightly Danilo Pérez-like in places) completing the line-up, an earlier record of theirs is maiden voyage Desde La Lluvia (CHT Müsik, 2017). Galician Xota and South American chacarera rhythms feed into the sound. Vazquez tune 'Castro' is recommendable with its shapely swinging sense, as too is Menares' persuasive 'Ritual' and its engaging mooch. Out today

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Jan Bang, Reading the Air, Punkt ***1/2

''If we could count the falling stars as we have done before'': Jan Bang delivers his first vocals based solo album since the late-1990s. Co-produced by Erik Honoré who with Bang runs the live sampling/live remixing Punkt festival in Kristiansand …

Published: 22 Feb 2024. Updated: 3 months.

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''If we could count the falling stars as we have done before'': Jan Bang delivers his first vocals based solo album since the late-1990s. Co-produced by Erik Honoré who with Bang runs the live sampling/live remixing Punkt festival in Kristiansand and who provides lyrics to the tunes of the composer, singer and producer, Bang. We liked poignant elegy 'Delia' among the best of what's here, a luminous transformation of a traditional song interpreted by Harry Belafonte (it's a song that goes even further back to the 1930s) included on 1954's Mark Twain and Other Folk Favorites. The ballad is sung on Reading the Air with Bang in duo with singer Benedikte Kløw Askedalen. And also a strong forté of the album, closer 'No Paradise Lost,' is appealing. Trigger alert for those of a sensitive disposition, it's not a jazz album really. But it is relatable to a serious non-purist jazz listenership (a rumbling purism being the San Andreas fault line of so many strictly jazz only fans). And given the calibre of the musicianship and the timbral electronica fascination in the production sonics plus the quality of Bang's vocals kept making us think to pop and chart stuff. You, guaranteed, craving more context, even delving back into the 1980s, will come to what Bang does tonally as a singer with your own jumping off points, which is healthy, verging even more into the realms of Sylvian-esque art pop than the Human League 'Together in Electric Dreams' universe.