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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

CD Review - Davide Mantovani: Choices

Davide Mantovani (bs); Ivan Hussey (cello); Paul Booth (sax/fl); Zoe Rahman (pno); Roger Beaujolais (vbs); Guillermo Hill (gtr); Davide Giannini (dms) various Latin percussionists.
(Review by Lance)
Choices is a CD as diversified as its title indicates. Fact is, this is as much World Music as Jazz which doesn't make it any less appealing for those with "ears".
Italian born bassist Davide Mantovani moved to the UK in 1991 and quickly established himself as an A-Lister after working with such artists as Zoe Rahman, Andy Sheppard, Jean Toussaint, Jim Mullen and Alex Wilson - the actual list is longer, much longer.
Although Brazil is very much in evidence on this disc, it's not the sanitised Bossa Nova Brazil but the street sounds of Sao Paulo and less cosmopolitan areas with a touch of West Africa thrown in. 
Bachorino poses the question, "What if Bach was still alive in our time, in Brazil?" Mantovani explores this idea with cellist Ivan Hussey playing the original Allemande before slipping into the Bachanallia of the others.
Restless Wrestlers has Paul Booth on soprano trying to get Zoe Rahman on piano into a headlock but Zoe isn't one for submission responding with a few forearm smashes of her own before referee and drummer Davide Giovannini orders them to kiss and make up!
There is just so much on this CD - Memory Box is sending shivers (pleasant ones) up and down my spine as I type - the only thing is to hear it for yourself!
Davide Mantovani: Choices  EQDM 22. Launched by Equilateral Records on Sept. 24 @ Pizza Express, Soho
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