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The David Gordon Trio Speaks Latin

Artist: Jonty Fisher

Date of Release: 12/06/2013

Catalogue no: 2183

Label: Nimbus

Price: £10

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Quizás, Quizás, Quizás

2

 

La Chipola

3

 

Angelita Huenumán

4

 

Duerme Negrito

5

 

Sambova

6

 

Come São Lindos Os Yougius

7

 

Baião Malandro

8

 

Chorinho

9

 

Piel Canela

10

 

La Puñalada

11

 

Bajo un Sauce Llorón

12

 

Deixa

13

 

Tonada Se la Luna Llena

14

 

Tico Tico No Fubá

 

 

 

 

‘Thinking and playing as one’ Crescendo magazine

WHY 'SPEAKS LATIN'?
I realised a while back that a lot of our original music has a Latin feel of one sort or another, and thought it might be faintly amusing to package what we do as 'The David Gordon Trio Speaks Latin'. Gradually I began to research more and more interesting - and to an anglophone listener, obscure - repertoire: folksong, from various South American countries, choro from Brazil, milonga from Argentina and some popular song from Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries. Instead of the usual emphasis on original material, we put our creative energy into giving these songs the trio s characteristic twist, and we even started singing! So the title of the project has stuck, while the music has changed almost beyond recognition. Perhaps this will lead to other Speaks... Projects and recordings... We've found that the folklorie character of this music engages audiences in quite a different - and often more direct-way than jazz music often does. We feel we re telling a story, and to some extent we are of times of revolution and hope which are specific to a time and place, but which are always and everywhere relevant. Some listeners here in the UK are familiar with the great Chilean songwriter Victor Jara; perhaps fewer with the Argentine Jorge Cafrune or the Venezuelan Simón Díaz. We've tried to combine this rather exotic - and also a bit off-the-wall repertoire with the trio's characteristic melodic and rhythmic flow. This music certainly demands from us all the humour and characterisation that we can muster, and we feel it s our strongest set to date.
David Gordon

The David Gordon Trio has made several tours of the UK and Denmark with their four CDs having met with critical acclaim, especially in Japan where they have a devoted fan base. The trio has a unique sound and its own distinctive repertoire, combining cutting-edge improvisation with humour, lyricism and searingly beautiful melodies.

 

Reviews

 

15/06/2013 Customer review (English)

I'm not normally a jazz lover but this is a cracking album that really gets you going. Massively enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone!

 

14/06/2013 Customer review (American)

"WOW! I just wanted to say that the new album is f**king killer!!! Man - you guys are monsters! Really liking the balance of lyrical stuff and groovy butt-kicking stuff. Anyway, I'm packing this sucker in my bag for heavy rotation on holiday. Congratulations! Well done!!!"

 

12/06/2013 Simon Redley

A British jazz trio playing Latin jazz, somehow conjures up visions of ersatz bossa-nova rhythms with salsa inflections - the results of which often end up sounding like Edmundo Ros meets The Muppets!The David Gordon Trio have, however; cracked it! This London-based trio have succeeded in interpreting compositions by legendary South American composers eloquently and stylishly. Making their own musical statements, while retaining the feel and originality of the music. This their fifth album to date, their first for Nimbus Alliance. Their take on traditional South American pieces, arranged by pianist David Gordon, combine to offer a real South American feast. We get unique versions of popular music that captured the spirit of the '60s and '70s, together with David Gordon’s own compostion ‘Sambova.’ They also give us "Chorinho" by pianist and composer Lyle Mays. Haunting melodies from songs like "Angelita Huenmann," by Victor Jara and "Tonada de la luna llena," by influential Venezualan songwriter Simon Diaz, contrast with the Gordon's outright funky arrangement of "Duerme Negrito", the latter which builds from Jonty Fisher’s introductory bass playing sat on top of a solid piano groove, perhaps reminicent of Ramsey Lewis or Ahmad Jamal in full flight. Throughout this album, the trio are held in place rhythmically by drummer Paul Cavaciuti who displays a consistent "simpatico" with piano and bass. Please note: This band is not a pianist with a drummer and bass player backing him. It is very much an ensemble effort, and they all bring their respective skills to the party. Recorded at famed Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, they deliver exemplary audio quality too, to enhance our listening pleasure so to speak. If you have ever contemplated exploring the rich world of Latin American music, but didn’t know quite where to start, hesitate no more. David Gordon and his pals have done all the hard work for you. Impressive stuff from an impressive British trio, who I am sure have a lot more to say in the future. I'm all ears.....

 

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