Just because a record doesn't have many surprises doesn't mean it must be predictable or prosaic, a line of thinking for which Albert Vila's Standards makes a good case. The Barcelona-based guitarist delivers a program of well-known material from the likes of compositional giant Cole Porter, saxophone legend John Coltrane, piano icon Bill Evans and other top-tier figures , hewing close to the norm without giving off a been-there-done-that vibe. The biggest surprise here may actually be the fact that Vila went in the standards direction in the first place. When the young guitarist returned home from ...read more
Barcelona-based guitarist Albert Vila doesn't buy into the idea of generic compositions that go down easy, but result in a hunger for more substantial aural nourishment. Vila makes music with the utmost care and concern for texture, taste and dramatic development, and each one of his compositions is a mini-odyssey through his mind. Vila's debut album--Foreground Music (Fresh Sound, 2007)--was a quintet outing that highlighted the guitarist's unique writing and, while a pair of personnel changes help to give Tactile a different sound, this record proves to be a logical evolutionary step in Vila's artistic journey. Each ...read more
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