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Babelfish

Artist: Babelfish

Date of Release: 16/07/2012

Catalogue no: 2130

Label: Moletone

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Catch Me the Moon

2

 

The Stream in The Valley

3

 

Krk Bats

4

 

Poem For F

5

 

Fatchi Chuna

6

 

Sometime

7

 

Popular Mechanics

8

 

Falando De Amor

9

 

The Apple Tree

10

 

Babelfish

11

 

It May Not Always Be So

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Brigitte Beraha, Chris Laurence, Paul Clarvis

Debut album from Babelfish, a collaborative project between the acclaimed pianist Barry Green and vocalist Brigitte Beraha. A mix of their unique originals, songs from the jazz, Latin and popular repertoires as well as music by classical composers Britten and Ned Rorem and literary works by E. E. Cummings and Raymond Carver, the project shows a wide range of influences from Kenny Wheeler, Chico Buarque, British folk music, Norma Winstone and Paul Bley. The album also documents a working relationship of over twelve years between Beraha and Green. The group features internationally renowned musicians Chris Laurence on bass (John Surman, Sarah Vaughan, Peter Gabriel) and Paul Clarvis (Norma Winstone, Matthew Barley, Lee Konitz) on percussion. Their forhcoming UK winter tour celebrates the release of this album, recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios and released on Moletone records.

 

Reviews

 

20/07/2012 LondonJazz

Babelfish Album Launch
(Pizza Express Jazz Club, 15th July 2012. Review by Rosalie Genay)
http://londonjazz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/review-babelfish-album-launch.html

Last Sunday was the long awaited album launch of Babelfish, a collaboration between Brigitte Beraha and Barry Green, recorded at Abbey Road with Paul Clarvis on percussion and Chris Laurence on bass.

They performed tracks from their new album as well as a moving tribute to Pete Saberton (to whom the album is dedicated) 'Heart, We Will Forget' by Copland segue-ing into 'Chasing Rainbows' in front of a welcoming audience at Pizza Express.

These gracious and wonderfully talented musicians delivered an exciting and unusual combination of music. Featured were new compositions, with highlights for me being the remarkable eccentric 'Popular Mechanics' by Green with text from Raymond Carver, the melancholy 'The Apple Tree' by Beraha, and cherished tunes such as the beautifully executed 'Falando de Amor' by Jobim. And we can of course rely on Green and Beraha to dive into lesser explored territory with art songs from Britten, the haunting 'Poem for F' by Ned Rorem and a touching arrangement by Pete Bernstein of Alec Wilde's 'While We're Young'.

This partnership is the sum of very special parts indeed. Brigitte Beraha's warm and interpretative vocals are deployed with sincerity and musicality. She has a wondrous and fearless ability to push the limits of vocal agility. Barry Green's inventive and sensitive style of playing for which he is well recognised, create patterns of rich harmonies and locked-in pulses from which he launches all kinds of unanticipated narratives.

The nothing but brilliant percussion by Paul Clarvis, the equally astounding Chris Laurence and the visible joy of this band working together on stage were transferred to the audience. The sensitivity toward the music and each other and the creation of space within the form made it into a unique evening, a moment when magical soundscapes would transport you out of our dreary London.

 

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