84

Z: A Jazzar No Zeca: The Music of Jos

By

Sign in to view read count
At some point in the past, jazz from Europe, like wines from America, was second-class stuff, adequate, but somehow out of sync with the real thing. Nowadays, though, you'd have to be a complete loon not to appreciate the craftsmanship and excellence of European jazz (the same goes for American wine).

Portuguese bassist Zé Eduardo, the leader on A Jazzar No Zeca, together with saxophonist Jesus Santandreu and drummer Bruno Pedroso, shows off a keen sense of jazz that swings like, dances like, and, most importantly, excites like American jazz. Although they interpret the music of the Portuguese singer José Afonso, not knowing the source material is hardly a hindrance, as the group takes considerable liberties in their post-bop interpretations. There's an agitated, almost volatile energy to the group's motions as they dissect each tune, occasionally veering into playful tangents, though always finding their way back to the original theme.

Though all the members have ample space to solo, saxophonist Santandreu comes through as the dominant voice on the album. Sporting an assertive tone and a patient mind, Santandreu's lines flow with assurance and excitement, especially on the wah-wah drenched march of "Canto Moco." Overall, though, it is the group's jerky, syncopated interactions that most delights on A Jazzar No Zeca.

The Portuguese Clean Feed label is doing what many of our own independent jazz labels, notably Blue Note, used to do: discover and celebrate nascent jazz talent. This album, like many other selections in their catalogue, is some of the best jazz—American, European, or otherwise—currently available.


Track Listing: Era de Noite e Levaram; Grandola Vila Morena; Canto Moco; O Que Faz Falta; Cora da Primavera; Traz Outro Amigo Tambem; Cantar Alentejano; Escandanavia-Bar; Clean Free

Personnel: Jesus Santandreu- tenor sax; Z

Title: A Jazzar No Zeca: The Music of Jos | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read ON Tour CD/LP/Track Review ON Tour
by John Kelman
Published: October 22, 2017
Read On a Distant Shore CD/LP/Track Review On a Distant Shore
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets CD/LP/Track Review Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Signal 9 CD/LP/Track Review Signal 9
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 22, 2017
Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read "Blooming Tall Phlox" CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "Laughing At Life" CD/LP/Track Review Laughing At Life
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 27, 2017
Read "Intenso!" CD/LP/Track Review Intenso!
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 1, 2016
Read "Meditations on Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Meditations on Freedom
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 11, 2017
Read "Argonautica" CD/LP/Track Review Argonautica
by Troy Collins
Published: November 14, 2016
Read "Beloved" CD/LP/Track Review Beloved
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 10, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.