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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

CD Review (kind of): Vince Bell - Ojo

He moves in mysterious ways... I was just about to start my review of Vince Bell's Ojo when this Kurt Elling Blindfold Test on a track from the album turned up in my Inbox.
Personally, I think Kurt was being kind and, whilst it is excellent for what it is, what it is isn't jazz. It is, though, good poetry
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Vince Bell 
“Where The Wind Sleeps” (Ojo, Mulatta, 2018) Bell, vocals, spoken word;
Renaud-Gabriel, bass clarinet; David Mansfield, banjo.

 

That’s cool. I feel like I should know his voice from somewhere. Is he the writer? It’s got a great sound, and he’s killing it. But I don’t have any idea. But you can tell he’s the guy who wrote it because all the feeling is there. That’s what you want. If you’re going to tell a story on a recording, it has to have a vibe. It needs the vibe more than anything else. With Ivan Lins, all that vibe was taken out. It was just too perfect and clean and crispy. This guy delivers that emotional content along with the intellectual content of the story he’s telling. It sounds great. I love the bass clarinet. That’s always a good move. You don’t hear a lot of banjo these days, so that’s an interesting moment. Maybe this is more of a folk recording of some kind, but the bass clarinet puts it into any category. [after] Vince Bell? Don’t know him, but he sounds good. I like his voice, and he knows the sound he wants. He’s obviously listened to the great storytellers because he’s getting the emotional content across. I’d rather have him do voiceovers for car commercials than all the guys you hear today.
 

http://downbeat.com/news/detail/kurt-elling-blindfold-test-at-2018-north-sea-jazz-festival

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