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Sunday, November 11, 2012

CD Review: FADO EM SI BEMOL

Paulo Goncalves, Miguel Silva (gtr); Pedro Matos (vcl); Nuno Campos (bs); Manuel Santiesteban (perc).
This is quite compelling and hypnotic music! Is it jazz? Maybe it is, maybe it ain't - who cares? It's music and very appealing. So I don't know a word of Portuguese  - in many ways this adds to the appeal! 
Without the distraction of the lyric Matos' voice becomes an instrument and a fine instrument it is too! I can't get over it! If I was a woman I'd be swooning! Maybe I should learn Portuguese and I'd have the women swooning - dream on Senor Lance!
Seriously, it has the appeal of, say, a French chanson with a jazz backing, but, I don't know, there is just that something extra. Love it.
The brainchild behind FADO Em Si Bemol is Goncalves who envisioned combining the  soft sounds of jazz with the flare of Portuguese music. That he succeeded is proof in this album. Goncalves, as well as providing interesting lines behind the vocals, has his own feature on Armando's Rumba which also gives Santiesteban a chance to work out. There's some nice piano in there too ...
Damn it - the disc is finished! No problem - I'm going to play it again Paulo and again and again. Maybe I'll move to Oporto.
What a lovely disc to review - and from Portugal! If there were any justice in the world this disc would put that country back in the red!
The CD FADO EM SI BEMOL is released on November 27 by Vidisco Records and available through the usual suspects ie Amazon etc.
Lance.

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