Michel Portal & Richard Galliano: Concerts (2004)
Recorded 1999 in Hamburg, 2001 in Antwerp, and 2003 in Milan, these three concert performances find both artists at their creative best. They mesmerize their audiences with a captivating allure.
"Giselle" floats gently on rustic clouds, as "Mozambique" dances with an exotic rhythm. Portal employs both clarinet and bass clarinet to paint his colorful landscapes. Accordion and bandoneon provide a quaint "Little Tango" for a different mood. Again, traditional dance remains a major influence on their music. "Libertango," with the same instrumentation, moves gallantly into a broader scope. Tension and release play a major role, as Portal and Galliano pay homage to the music of Astor Piazzolla. "Oblivion" and "Indifference," despite their titles, add considerable emotion to the formula. The two artists revel in letting their feelings flow freely through these pieces. Working before a live audience, both feel at ease with their expressive performances. Always a reliable pair, Portal and Galliano continue to impress with their combination of modern mainstream jazz with an exotic and colorful charm.
Track Listing: Tango pour Claude; Taraf; Giselle; Little Tango; Oblivion; Chorinho pra Ele; Ivan Ivanovitch Kossiakof; Viaggio; Libertango; Indifference; Mozambique; Face to Face; J.F.; Beija Flor.
Personnel: Richard Galliano- accordion; Michel Portal- clarinet, bass clarinet, bandoneon, soprano saxophone, jazzophone.
Record Label: Dreyfus Records