Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Anabela Duarte - Lishbunah (1988)

Anabela Duarte - Delito (1999)
Anabela Duarte Digital Quartet - Blank Melodies (2005)
Anabela Duarte - Machine Lyrique (2006)
In the sequence of my Mler ife Dada post, here are some solo works by Anabela Duarte.
- "Lishbunah", a fado album, was recorded between Mler ife Dada's 1st and 2nd albums ("Coisas que Fascinam"/"Espírito Invisível").
- The material in "Delito" was taken from a group of live recordings made in April 1991 in the Instituto Franco-Português and released in 1999 only. It includes some reinterpretations of Mler ife Dada songs ("Sinto em Mim", "Alfama", "L'Amour Va Bien, Merci").
- "Blank Melodies" is more of an experimental album with a lot of electronic arrangements and some spoken word background every now and then.
- "Machine Lyrique" is a tribute to the works of Kurt Weill and Boris Vian. It has an interpretation of "Youkali" that I simply adore.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Mler ife Dada - Coisas que Fascinam (1987)

The portuguese avant-pop group Mler ife Dada was formed in 1984 by Nuno Rebelo (ex-Street Kids), Augusto França, Pedro d'Orey and Kim.
Pedro d'Orey was later replaced by the astonishing singer Anabela Duarte, wich did the vocals on all Mler ife Dada albums including the debut one, "Coisas que Fascinam".
Marvelous tunes from wich I would like to highlight "Sinto em Mim", "À Sombra Desta Pirâmide", "Valete (de Copas)", "Alfama" and, of course, "Zuvi Zeva Novi".
Hope you like it!

V/A - Lost in the Stars-The Music of Kurt Weill (1985)

Here's a tribute to the music of Kurt Weill that includes such great artists as Stan Ridgway, Henry Threadgill, The Armadillo String Quartet, John Zorn, Lou Reed, Carla Bley, Tom Waits, Elliott Sharp and Charlie Haden, among others.

Edward Elgar - "Enigma" Variations/Organ Sonata (2002)

This curious transcription for organ of Elgar's "Enigma Variations" was performed by the organist Keith John and recorded at The Temple Church, London, in August 2002 by the british classical label Hyperion.
This recording also includes the Organ Sonata in G Major, Op. 28.

This is one of the most exciting organ CD’s I have heard for a long time … Keith John gives us an Elgarian recital that displays his dazzling virtuosity and ability to capture the orchestral qualities of a well-known favourite … His rhythmical and brilliant technique stands out as a beacon for others to follow. (Taken from Cathedral Music)

Dietrich Buxtehude - Membra Jesu Nostri (1997)

One of the most prominent composers of the baroque period, Buxtehude (1637-1707) widely influenced the work of Johann Sebastian Bach, for instance.
"Membra Jesu Nostri" is a group of seven cantatas dedicated to the organist and composer Gustaf Düben.
It's also known for being the first Lutheran oratorio.
Hope you like it!

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

David S. Ware - Flight of I (1992)

David S. Ware - Third Ear Recitation (1993)

David S. Ware - Earthquation (1994)

David S. Ware - Godspelized (1996)

David S. Ware - Go See the World (1998)

David S. Ware - Surrendered (2000)

David S. Ware Quartet - Corridors & Parallels (2001)

David S. Ware Quartet - Freedom Suite (2002)

David S. Ware String Ensemble - Threads (2003)

I have a deep respect and admiration for the saxophonist David S. Ware and his work.
Ware began playing in a trio of his own called Apogee.
In the 70's he played with Cecil Taylor, Andrew Cyrille and Raphe Malik. He drove a N.Y. taxi for some years while attempting to "reach the light" with his band.
It was for me a privilege to see him in 2003, his only time in Portugal, at the Jazz ao Centro festival - Coimbra.

New York's collective jazz press crowned Ware the "King of Free Jazz" on the basis of his energetic quartet albums from the mid-'90s. Ware's band (with Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass, and, variously, Susie lbarra, Marc Edwards, or Whit Dickey on drums) became the decade's avant-garde supergroup by consensus, and Ware is indeed a splendid artist. (Taken from AMG)