88

Carles Margarit: Ah

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Carles Margarit: Ah The transfer of knowledge from the past to expressions of the present is profoundly voiced on Ahi- te quedas. Though representing the full post bop idiom—full of glorious swing and intensity—the music is executed by young musicians with new musical timestamps of today's jazz.

An active member of the thriving jazz climate of Barcelona, saxophonist Carles Margarit is one of the city's rising musicians, involved in many music outlets in performing, composing, and leading his own group. His debut recording features a quintet with two saxophones, piano, and rhythm section. The opening title piece, loosely translated as "There You Remain, has a soulfully up-tempo vamp and informs your ears that this group can seriously play—with strong saxophone harmonies and dynamic piano work, driven by a fiery bass and drum section.

But to also prove a point in terms of scope and contrast, the next piece, "Cançó de bressol per a la Joana, is quietly introspective—again marked by a soft tenor and alto harmony with distinct contributions from each musician. Margarit shows fine composing skills, penning six of the eight pieces. "By Myself, which includes stirring piano work by José Reinoso, has a chameleon-like subtleness with elements of modernism, avant-garde, and ethnic roots. You can hear both historic Harlem and current hip-hop rhythms on "Bee Bop, which features some exceptional solos by Margarit's smooth tenor and his alto complement, Raül Reverter.

Margarit reconsiders history with deep admiration on the unspoken dedication titled "Dear John, as his tenor fervently echoes homage to John Coltrane with music that imbues a sense of spiritualism. Whether giving new life to the Hammerstein/Kern classic "The Song is You," the head-bopping groove of "Scoop, or the lush bass/sax duo remake of "Loverman, at 42 minutes Ahi- te quedas is a brief but satisfying recording that reflects both the past and the present.


Track Listing: 1 Ahi- te quedas; 2 Can

Personnel: Ra

Title: Ah | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Satchmo Jazz Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Lantern CD/LP/Track Review Lantern
by John Kelman
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Unification CD/LP/Track Review Unification
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read "I'll Be Seeing You" CD/LP/Track Review I'll Be Seeing You
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 24, 2016
Read "Circles" CD/LP/Track Review Circles
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2017
Read "Forgiveness Suite" CD/LP/Track Review Forgiveness Suite
by John Sharpe
Published: November 15, 2016
Read "Eleven Promises" CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Promises
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 30, 2016
Read "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four" CD/LP/Track Review B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 6, 2017
Read "The Picasso Zone" CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 24, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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