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Saturday, August 09, 2014

CD Review: Grand Fatilla - Global Shuffle

Roberto Cassan (accordion); Matt Glover (electric mandolin); Fabio Pirozzolo (percussion, voice); Mike Rivard (double bass, sintir); also Claudio Ragazzi (acoustic and 12 string guitars, cuatro puertorriqueno); Christian Cassan (additional percussion)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Lance said ‘You’ll love this CD’ and he certainly wasn’t wrong, though I still don’t know what a ‘cuatro puertorrqueno’ is.  It sounds like a Spanish medicine.  The sintir is apparently a 3-stringed bass lute, so think Medieval for that one.  Anyway this is a humdinger of great listening, a whirl of world sounds, encompassing Bulgarian dance song, Moroccan chaabi grooves, Italian folk ballads and slinky tango rhythms.  Not jazz as such, but some tracks have what sound like improvised solos, so why worry about classifying it, the music is superb.
It begins with a lively Cigansko Oro, a Balkan dance tune with percussion, rousing accordion, shifting time signatures, ending with accordion playing in 7/8 time, then comes Five Of Swords, featuring the sintir.  Alla Carpinese  starts with a bass solo, followed by mandolin and a traditional song with  Castanets.  Bebe features a melody with descending riffs and (I think) improvised solos from the band; Sandansko Oro, a Bulgarian dance, gradually builds tension and speed; Milonga Para Lucia is a sort of slow tango where chimes of music are overlaid by an accordion tune, with whistling to round off the track.  Fracanapa is another tango, this time with a ‘dragging’ effect in the music.  (A fracanapa is a Venetian mask.)  My favourite track 11 Southern Italian Medley is a combination of 2 songs, a haunting shepherd’s song sung over a drone, and a fast song which is meant to cure the listener of the effects of a bite from the tarantella spider.  I’m not sure if the cure worked but the music does, with effective percussion. 12 tracks in all, many lasting more than 7 minutes, providing good value.
Although Grand Fatilla have been performing for over 6 years, this is their debut album, which was recorded live in an old church which is now used as a studio.  You can see the band at the CD release party on September 4 but you will have to go to Cambridge MA, USA. See also www.grandfatilla.com 
Ann Alex.

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