With his ensemble Danzas, which includes violins, cellos, tubas and accordions in addition to indispensable saxophones, flutes and clarinets, Jean-Marie Machado embarks on an intrepid musical adventure – one that depicts his sensations as if they were a pictorial narrative.
All the tracks show that Hanna Paulsberg is a composer who knows how to bring out an original musical world.
Once again, we are left to measure just how resistant these superb melodies are to experimentation.
On the passing of accordionist Marcel Azzola, Brel's "Vesoul" sounded in all corners of l'hexagon (metropolitan France). Mentioned alongside the great names of French song, he was also a proponent of swing and a great defender of the accordion.
Fahmi Alqhai Koury is a virtuoso of the viola da gama (viol). The Syrian-born musician grew up in Seville from the age of eleven, forming his skills, in part, by playing with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI. His collaborator, Rocio Marquez is one of the foremost contemporary voices of flamenco.
It is like a breath of fresh air to rediscover this time; when jazz was inventive at the same time as being adopted by mainstream audiences. Theirs was a music that resonated, announcing its own historical moment while refreshing the jazz repertoire as a whole.