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Cuareim Quartet: A Jazz Story

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Cuareim Quartet: A Jazz Story
Cuareim Quartet's third album, "A Jazz Story," serves as a captivating journey through the rich legacy of jazz music, full of contemporary flair and poetic depth. On this record, the Cuareim Quartet embarks on a captivating musical journey through the annals of jazz history, offering listeners a rich and immersive experience that spans genres, eras, and emotions. As their third release, this album marks a significant milestone in the quartet's musical exploration, showcasing their profound understanding and appreciation of the genre's evolution.

Led by the collective vision of Rodrigo Bauzá, Federico Nathan, Olivier Samouillan, and Guillaume Latil, the quartet dives deep into the essence of jazz, paying homage to its iconic figures and seminal moments while infusing each composition with their unique perspective. This album does not merely hop from one jazz style to another by imitating the sounds of a particular era. Instead, it skillfully incorporates elements from various styles and eras into its compositions with panache and style.

From playful swing to Broadway songs, from the energy of bebop to mournful dirges of New Orleans funerals, the compositions nod to the giants of jazz but in an original way. "Swing 21" is a delightful and playful opening track that swings with exuberance, where the instruments craft swirling melodies. "Love is Not a Broadway Song" exudes mournful yet gentle melodies, characteristic of songs written for Broadway shows. The viola assumes the melody, swiftly transforming it into a jovial tune that feels like basking in the warmth of the sun.

"Modal Prayer" pays homage to the modal jazz of the late '50s, while "Viola Blues" channels the soulful essence of Southern blues. With its deep tones, the viola captures beautiful melodies before transitioning seamlessly into the lively energy of a Dixieland band. "Minor Bop" encapsulates the frenetic energy of bebop while gracefully propelling the composition forward elegantly.

While this album features a string quartet that pays homage to various jazz styles and composers, it defies categorization as a strictly jazz or classical record, residing somewhere in between. Throughout the music, the focus shifts fluidly, showcasing the exceptional musicianship of the quartet. The interplay between classical and jazz elements creates a captivating blend of soulful melodies, enriching both genres in a harmonious fusion. The writing and playing on this album are exceptional, allowing ample room for soloing and improvisation. The compositions intertwine with soulful improvisations, showcasing the virtuosity and artistic depth of each musician. Their passion and creativity shine through in every note, as they channel their artistic expression into every performance aspect.

"Samba Latente" tastefully integrates Brazilian melodies into a string quartet composition. "Echoes of New Orleans" is a captivating closing number, with the viola evoking the mournful, blue note melodies synonymous with the music of New Orleans' funeral marches. Transitioning from soulful to playful, the piece showcases the versatility of the string quartet, brilliantly imitating the wailing brass instruments in the background.

"A Jazz Story" is an adventurous musical odyssey, with the Cuareim Quartet weaving together the threads of jazz history to create music that feels both timeless and contemporary. Their performances are imbued with passion and authenticity, captivating with every note.

Track Listing

Swing 21; Love Is Not a Broadway Song; Koko; Rezo a mi modo; Modal Prayer; Please No Licks; Viola Blues; Minor Bop; Redemp0on Ballad; 10: Samba Latente; 11: Valse a Nini; 12: Echoes of New Orleans.

Personnel

Additional Instrumentation

Rodrigo Bauzá: violin; Olivier Samouillan: viola; Guillaume Latil: cello; Federico Nathan: violin

Album information

Title: A Jazz Story | Year Released: 2024 | Record Label: Art Melodies Records


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