Arto Lindsay: Invoke (2002)
The American-born Brazilian-raised Lindsay was immersed in Brazilian culture and music of bossa nova, samba and South American’s adaptations of pop, electronic and hip-hop music. His music, while a bridge between the two Americas, is more about modern Brazil than any attempts at ‘cross-over’ music.
Invoke his second recording for Ani DeFranco’s Righteous Babe Records pulls together a bossa nova and tropicala with an urban hip-hop sensibility. Lindsay’s core band of bassist Melvin Gibbs and guitarist/keyboards Andres Levin is supplemented by differing producers from Rio and New York, Bahia drummers, and the Brazilian urban band Nacao Zumbi.
Lindsay, a frequent collaborator and producer for singer Vinicius Cantuaria, adapts his unadorned style on the simply pure “Delegada” sung in Portuguese over a guitar and clarinet accompaniment and the folk-infectious “Breija-Me.” Lindsay’s voice is a now comfortable wavering reed, a Downtown/Brazilian version of Jimmy Scott. But Lindsay also tears it up here with the booming bass and effects laden production of his guests. His skronk guitar adapts nicely into the mix on the soundscape “In The City That Reads.” There are ventures into pop music here too, but Arto is too cool to be slick. He subverts polished sound with polished noise. Personnel: Arto Lindsay Record Label: Righteous Babe Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream
Like Gil Evans’ Sketches Of Spain, Arto Lindsay’s Invoke is as much about New York as it is of Rio.
Track Listing: Illuminate; Predigo; Ultra Privileged; Over/Run; Invoke; You Decide; In The City That Reads; Delegada; Uma; Clemency; Unseen; Beija-Me.
Personnel: Arto Lindsay
Record Label: Righteous Babe