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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

CD Review: Arte Del Duo - Mili Bermejo and Dan Greenspan

Mili Bermejo (voice); Dan Greenspan (double bass)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Bermejo hails from Buenos Aires and is a professor of music whilst Greenspan is from New Haven and is a cellist/ freelance bassist.
These two people have made much music over the last 25 years but this is their first CD as a duo. They are a couple in life as well as music, changing their direction after the traumatic events of 9/11, and deciding to live their lives in a manner closer to nature, and doing less music. They have now returned to music.

I have to confess that I have not listened to this jazz influenced CD in its entirety, but simply ‘tasted’ each track, because all the lyrics are in Spanish which I cannot speak, and I’m no expert in exactly what to listen for from the double bass. However I’ve submitted a review because I think this CD would be excellent listening for Spanish speakers, bass players and possibly guitarists and others. The singing is heartfelt and skilled and the bass is a full partner in the music and sometimes guitar-like. Many of the 12 tracks have an environmental theme and there is a brief outline in English on the CD cover, to explain the meaning of each track. For example, La Casa Del Arbol (The Tree House) is explained as ‘when the ills of the world take away my desire to love, I retreat to my secret refuge, where among birds and stars, I recover, becoming whole. If anyone reading this would like to give the CD a worthwhile hearing, perhaps we could arrange to pass the disc on via BSH.

Ann Alex

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